Recovery can take anywhere from 2 days to 3 weeks depending on the severity and type of chemical peel. For most chemical peels, expect a recovery time of about 6-8 days. Your skin will dry out within a few hours after the procedure. At that time, it’s important to drink water and stay hydrated. You should also avoid washing your face for the first 48 hours after your peel. Your skin will breakout within the first three days of the peel. The fourth and fifth days are when you can expect to experience intense peeling.