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My skin is tough and thick after applying a chemical peel, what should I do? (2 answers)
I started peeling around my mouth and a little on my chin the second night after applying a chemical peel. I used the second towelette all over (even the peeled areas) and now I'm afraid I have burned the skin! Everything has peeled off now, but my skin is tough and thick. What should I do?
Can I resume weight lifting immediately after a chemical peel? (2 answers)
I've used 14% glycolic acid every day for 10 years. Now, I want to do an 18% TCA peel. Every article I've read seems to say use Retin-A and AHA for two weeks. Is this correct? Also, I lift weights and would like to know if I can resume my weight lifting immediately following the peel.
How often should I apply my glycolic acid peel? (2 answers)
I just did a glycolic acid (50%) peel. It was burning before the neutralization step, but after that I didn't feel anything. Nothing has changed, not even the skin color (complexion). My face is not red or peeling. Can I apply the peel again the next day? How often should I apply the peel and how many applications will it take to get the results I am looking for?
Are chemical peels the proper treatment for rhinophyma? (3 answers)
I've done about 20 chemical peels (every 3 days) on my nose to treat my rhinophyma/very large pores. The solution contains 70 percent glycolic acid. At first the peels didn't hurt, but now they really sting as the dead skin is gone. My nose is back to the shape/size it was in 2000. What's your take on this?
Will peeling creams remove the small scars on my wrist? (1 answer)
I have 3 very small scars on my wrist from cutting. They are very embarrassing, and it gets tiring trying to hide them as well. I cannot afford laser treatment. I am looking for some home remedies. What are are my best options? Are there any peeling creams that can remove the scars?
Can the scar caused by my poison ivy be removed by a chemical peel? (0 answers)
I bought an oil at a store to help lighten my skin. After one week of using it, my skin became irritated and the condition worsened. I finally realized that the oil I bought was a poison ivy. It caused severe itching and led to skin damage. Would a chemical peel remove the scarring?
Can chemical peels cause scars or discoloration? (0 answers)
Will scars or skin discoloration that developed from a chemical peel disappear? I got these dark discolorations from a chemical peel more than a year ago. Can it be corrected or lightened by another chemical peel (like blue peel)?
Can a chemical peel remove scars? (1 answer)
I had an ugly scar/dark discoloration (not elevated or keloid scars) that I got from a wound from an accident. I had several chemical peels performed on my scar, but instead of improving its appearance it got even darker and bigger. What can I do to remove this?
What is the effect of Chemical Peels while pregnant? (0 answers)
I had three sessions of Agera RX chemical peels (pigmentation) before I found out I was pregnant, and the last session was only three days ago. What effect could this have on the baby? What should I tell my doctor? Are there any tests that can be run to make sure it's okay?
Are chemical peels effective and safe after or with roaccutane? (0 answers)
Would I be required to have clearer skin with no acne for a chemical peel to be effective? I am in the first week of roaccutane treatment, as advised by my dermatologist. I am a 23-year-old female asian on roaccutane 40mg because I have acne on my cheeks for a year now. I have acne scars/marks and the area around my lips is dark. Is chemical peel safe to undergo and can it remove the scars and even out my skin tone?
Is the CO2 Laser good for melasma? (2 answers)
I am 30 yrs old married and no children. I have suffered from melasma for years years and have done a number of peel like TCA, SPA, Retesis, Gycolis , MCS but no effect. I have melasma around cheeks. My doctor advised the co2 Laser. Pls advise.
Are scabs a scarring concern after chemical peels? (1 answer)
I had a chemical peel and extraction process which left me with two scabs afterwards. When I towel dry my face, I accidentally scrub off those scabs leaving pinkish skin behind. Is that going to cause scarring, or is this normal and will heal without leaving marks?
Will dark brown splotches go away? (1 answer)
Hi! Yesterday I had a medium peel (Vitalize)-partly to get rid of a few light brown scars left over from blemishes. Ironically, the entire lower portion of my face is now covered in DARK brown splotches. Will these really slough off? When!?
why is my skin so dark? (1 answer)
I had a tca 20% chemical peel & a phenol peel done by a board certified plastic surgeon 8 weeks ago. My face looks like I am wearing a dark mask. I wear a 50 sunscreen & avoid the sun at all cost! My face looks dirty & dull all the time. Help!
Post burn hyperpigmented scars (1 answer)
I have post burn hyperpigmented scars on my face from a 2nd degree burn injury 8 months ago. I tried hydroquinone cream, it lightened the brown scar but made it red and photosensitive. Now I use only calamine lotion, will a peel be a permanent cure?
TCA 6% during breastfeeding is safe? (2 answers)
I have 5 months old and I am breastfeeding. I am thinking about getting chemical peel. My aesthetician said she will use 6% Trichloroacetic Acid and 14% of Lactic acid. Are they safe to use while nursing?
Post Road Rash Hyper-Pigmentation. (2 answers)
I have a brown mark on my upper cheek from where I had roadrash 4 weeks ago and the skin seems to have healed completely but the brown mark does not seem to be fading. Is it ok to use TCA peel to try to get rid of the mark- or is too early/dangerous?
Chemical peel and blue light recommendations? (2 answers)
I am currently doing 2 blue light sessions a week for treatment of moderate acne. Would chemical peels be recommended? Do I need to stop the blue light and for how long? Which type of peel would be best?
Blotches from chemical peel after I got a facial? (2 answers)
I got brown blotches right after my chemical peel when I went and got a facial. I went back to show her because it looked like burns and she said it will go away when it peels. Is this true?
Can Chemical Peels help lessen facial hair? (1 answer)
I am pre-menopausal and have noticed a tremendous amount of light hair growth on my face and neck. Because it is light hair it is not compatible for laser hair removal. Would a chemical peel help?
Does Fraxel hurt? (2 answers)
I want to have Fraxel treatments, but I’m a little worried about potential pain. Is Fraxel resurfacing painful?
Are Chemical Peels safe for darker-pigmented skin? (4 answers)
I’m African American, and would like to get a chemical peel, but I’ve heard that peels can cause hyperpigmentation. Is this true, and are there certain peels I could look for that would be safe for me?
Is it bad to use different types of Chemical Peels? (0 answers)
I've had two VI peels, but it seemed like the second one didn't work as well as the first in smoothing my skin tone and texture. Is the skin resistant to it? Should I try blue peel, or vitalize peel instead?
Can a Chemical Peels cause discoloration of the skin? (1 answer)
Year ago had a chemical peel around my mouth - worked well and was very deep.now have a white area around my mouth and a darker area on the rest of my face as I live in the sun (but do not particularly sun bathe as such). Also enlarged pores on nose.
Will Chemical Peels help with my enlarged pores? (3 answers)
I've been using so many pore minimizing products to reduce the visibility of my pores but nothing seems to be effective. I wonder if there is any kind of treatment or skincare product that will help reducing the visibility of large pores.
Can poison ivy be treated with Chemical Peels (1 answer)
I developed 2 sunspots on my face. It occurred when i was working outdoors. At that time I also contracted poison ivy on my legs. I was I was wondering if the poison ivy causes or contributed to sunspots or if this was just coincidence. Can chemical
How often do you get a Chemical Peel? (1 answer)
I like the results of my first chemical peel and was wondering if it is safe to have them on a regular basis. How often can I receive a chemical peel?