Chemical peels work by exfoliating the top layers of skin to reduce the appearance of discoloration, acne scars, and fine lines and wrinkles. It may be possible to return to work right after your dermatologist performs this treatment, but it depends on the type of peel you have. The most superficial chemical peels, which exfoliate only the top layer of skin, don’t generally require any downtime.
If your skin issues are too severe to be treated with a superficial peel, then you may need to take a few days off from work or schedule the appointment before a weekend. Of course, if you’re a telecommuter, you can continue to work even after having a medium-depth or deep chemical peel. During your recovery, stay indoors as much as possible to protect your sensitive skin from the sun.