Chemical Peels

Chemical Exfoliation
Compare To Other Treatments

The following side effects are expected to occur in the first few weeks after the chemical peeling procedure. These side effects are usually less noticeable after the second and all subsequent procedures. Contact your doctor if these symptoms are severe and/or do not go away:

How Common (based on clinical studies)

Burning and/or stinging sensationUp to 65% of all users
Skin peelingUp to 50% of all users
Redness in the areaUp to 45% of all users
Dryness of skinUp to 32.3% of all users
HyperpigmentationUp to 20% of all users
Flare-up of inflammatory lesionsUp to 12% of all users
CrustingUp to 11.7% of all users
Prolonged burning (>24 hours)Up to 8.8% of all users
Photosensitivity Up to 4.5% of all users

Chemical peels may also cause other side effects that are not mentioned here. Contact your doctor if you experience any other troublesome symptoms after chemical peels.

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