What Are Face Peels and What Are the Possible Side Effects?

he term Face Peels is used usually to describe chemical peels that applied to the skin of the face as a cosmetic procedure to get rid of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation and so on.

This procedure is used to chemically slough off surface dead skin and cause it to ‘peel’ off and is usually performed by an esthetician in a salon, a dermatologist, a plastic surgeon, or similar trained professional.

Face-PeelsIn general, individuals with light hair and skin are the best candidates for undergoing face peels.

However others may also derive benefit; they should get a realistic estimate from a trained professional about what they can expect and the kind of treatment they require, given their skin type.

There are different kinds of facial peels, such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels, Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels, Retinoic Acid Peels, Phenol Peels, Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels and so on, which range from light, to mild to deep.

  • Light peels such as the ones that use AHAs cause stinging on the skin but the pain is not acute enough to require pain killers and are used for reducing fine lines and uneven skin tone. These face peels are the most economical.
  • Mild or medium chemical peels, such as TCA peels, are used for skin blemishes, acne scars, pigmentation and so on and are more expensive than light peels
  • Deep chemical peels such as phenol peels are able to treat more extensive skin problems, but the procedures are painful and long lasting and require anesthesia. These are the most expensive peel procedures.

Though face peels are very effective cosmetic procedures for a number of different kinds of signs of aging and skin blemishes, in some cases there could be side effects that one needs to beware of.

Also one should get a realistic assessment of whether one is a good candidate for chemical peels or not, given the kind of blemishes that they needed to be treated; the sort of skin and hair type the person has and so on.

The possible side effects of face peels can range from the mild (as in the case of light peels which impact only the outer most layer of skin) to the serious (the deep peels can cause serious side effects because they can structurally alter skin) and so it is important to seek out a trained professional with long standing experience to perform the procedures –

  • Swelling, reddening and itching, can occur in all kinds of chemical peels. People with sensitive skin or those who have the treatment performed very often may in particular be prone to these side effects. These side effects disappear with time
  • Cracking, peeling and hyper pigmentation can occur with medium facial peels because the outer layer of the skin will start to crack and peel a few days after the treatment and then reveal fresher skin beneath. In some cases an infection can also set in.
  • The most serious side effects of chemical face peels are scarring and infection as the outer layer of the skin is removed by the procedure and the new, more vulnerable skin could get infected or scarred if the procedures are performed improperly or by a professional without adequate training.


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