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What should you expect after the chemical peel?

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Depending upon the type of chemical peel you get, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Mild peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals until you get the look you're after.

Medium-depth and deep peeling may result in swelling as well as blisters that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of seven to 14 days. Medium-depth peels may be repeated in six to 12 months, if necessary.

After treatment, you may need bandages for several days on part or all of the skin that was treated. You'll need to avoid the sun for several months after a chemical peel since your new skin will be fragile.

From: Chemical Peels and Your Skin WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Chemical peel."

American Society for Dermatological Surgery: "Chemical Peels Information."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Chemical Peeling."

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 8, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Chemical peel."

American Society for Dermatological Surgery: "Chemical Peels Information."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Chemical Peeling."

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 8, 2017

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