Skincare for Sensitive Skin:
To Peel or not to Peel?

When you suffer from sensitive skin, the words chemical peel may seem way too harsh for you to even consider. But let’s face it – once you’ve been working with a list full of products that require a process of trial and error to perfect, there may be some cruel red marks left behind. Before you know it, you’re starting to narrow down your regime to anything with the words gentle and fragrance free somewhere in the title – and spending a fortune in the meantime. According to, Medical Esthetic Specialist, Melissa Astone “Maintaining sensitive skin with a Bio-Medic Micro Peel treatment no more than six times a year can be an effective and safe way to rejuvenate sensitive skin types.” BN has paired up with Astone and renowned dermatologist, Dr. Jeannette Graf to give you the breakdown on what to expect from a chemical peel and what to watch out for.

Dr. Melissa Astone, Medical Esthetic Specialist, affiliate of the Dermatology Group
& Dr. Jeannette Graf, M.D.

If it’s not working why not peel it off?

The general purpose of a peel is to effectively loosen and shed the surface layer of your dead skin cells. This will promote a more even complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and hyper-pigmentation, and stimulate collagen production in the skin, Astone says. When it comes to sensitive skin, as a general rule, you should avoid aggressive stimulation, any products containing isopropyl alcohol, high levels of ASA’s, dyes and fragrances–In other words, the less ingredients the better. Dr. Graf also suggests using chemical peels that contain lactic and or citric acid, over glycolic acid, as it is most likely to trigger a reaction on sensitive skin types.

Your Prayers Answered:

The La Roche-Posay Bio-Medic Micro Peel is ideal for sensitive skin types mainly because it contains the ingredient Lactic Acid, which is naturally derived from milk. It allows the skin to become hydrated, while at the same time, lightly exfoliates dead skin cells resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion. This kind of peel also produces almost no side effects post treatment. However, during treatment it is normal to feel a light tingling sensation and some mild flushing.

Aside from their advice, BN has also teamed up with Astone and Graf to put together the following products as the ultimate guide to skincare for sensitive skins both pre and post peel treatment.

Recommended Everyday Regimes:

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Foaming Cleanser

What it is: A light low-foaming cleanser that safely cleans delicate facial skin leaving your face feeling luscious and smooth. It can also be used to remove make-up, including eye-makeup.

Key Ingredients: Glycerin

Usage: Use to cleanse face morning and night

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Facial Fluid:

What it is: A fragrance and preservative free product designed to provide lasting hydration, soothe irritation, and prevent dry flaky skin.

Key Ingredients: Glycerin, Squalane, and Thermal Spring Water

Usage: Apply to clean face morning and night

Available: CVS Drugstores and

Avene Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin:

What it is: “A no-rinse cleansing gel especially designed for individuals who are reactive to hard water and will effectively remove impurities and minimize skin irritation.”

Key Ingredients: Avene Thermal Spring Water, Plant Derived Cleansing Agents

Usage: Apply to face morning and night in a gentle circular motion

Avene Redness Relief Soothing Cream:

What it is: “A clinically proven cream that is designed to neutralize and minimize existing and reoccurring redness, while protecting your skin against sun damage; SPF 25”

Key Ingredients: Avene Thermal Spring water, Ruscus Extract (Improves Vein Health) Dextran Sulfate (Reduces Inflammation)

Usage: Apply in the morning evenly to clean face fifteen minutes before sun exposure

Avene Diroseal-Tube:

What it is: “An anti-aging and anti-redness skincare lotion that neutralizes the skin appearance instantly.”

Key Ingredients: Avene Thermal Spring Water, H.M.C., (Improves Venotonic Properties) Dextran Sulfate

Usage: Apply at night to problem areas. Best when used in conjunction with Avene Gentle Cleanser and Redness Relief Soothing Cream.

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Recommended Post Procedure Care:

Glytone Lipid Recovery Cream:

What it is: “A unique formula specially designed for use after a chemical peel or any other aesthetic procedure that helps restore the natural skin barrier and protects against external aggressors.”

Key Ingredients: Camelina Oil (Contains Omega-3 and Omega-6) Sodium Hyaluronate (Enhances the skin’s moisture retention) Shea Butter

Usage: Apply liberally or as needed

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