Are There any Side Effects with Chemical Peels?

Would you like to have clear, glowing skin?  A chemical peel can rejuvenate your skin and give you the younger-looking complexion you desire.  It is a safe, low-risk procedure that is suitable for all skin types.  But are there any side-effects with chemical peels?

What Is A Chemical Peel? 

A chemical peel is a skin exfoliation treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the topmost layers.   A chemical peel improves the look of the skin because it peels away the dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal, to reveal clearer, fresher, healthier skin.   

Chemical peels can be used to address a variety of skin concerns including  hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and enlarged pores.  

Are There Any Side-Effects With Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are generally safe but side-effects can occur.  The side-effects experienced after a chemical peel vary depending on the depth of the peel.   Chemical peels may be light, medium, or deep in intensity.  

A light chemical peel may cause some redness and irritation, followed by light flaking that lasts for about 3-7 days.  Light peels are typically done using a mild acid such as glycolic acid, and they help to tighten and tone the skin.  

After a medium peel, the skin will be tight, mildly swollen, and red.  There may also be slight stinging.  The skin takes 7-14 days to heal after a medium peel.   

TCA (trichloroacetic acid) is another acid frequently used for chemical peels.  A TCA peel may be medium or deep depending on the concentration of TCA involved.  Deep peels penetrate deeply into the skin so there will be significant redness and flaking after treatment.   The skin may also be dry and irritated.     

Patients are advised to avoid sun exposure while healing after a chemical peel because it can lead to changes in skin color.   Crusting, scarring, and infection can also occur after a chemical peel.  

Would you like to learn more about chemical peels?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area. 

If you are in the Englewood or greater Denver, CO areas, Colorado Skin & Vein is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at, or by calling (720) 770-2901.

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