What are the side effects of a chemical peel?
There are many potential side effects from chemical peels. The key to a successful chemical peel is having experienced personnel applying the right chemical peel for your particular situation. My aestheticians are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the application and indications of light chemical peels for skin discoloration and fine lines and wrinkles. When the skin damage is more extreme, a deeper chemical peel needs to be applied. The factors that affect the safety and side effect profile of chemical peels are the strength of the chemcial peel, which will affect the depth of penetration of the chemical peel, and the amount of skin pigmentation of the individual who is being peeled. The most severe complications are skin burns which is rare with light chemical peels and controlled with deeper chemical peels, hyperpigmentation (too much pigment) or hypopigmentation (too little pigment) left in the skin in the areas where the peel is applied.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld