If you have a superficial skin peel, you will probably feel a mild stinging sensation when the peel is applied and your face may look slightly pink after the solution is removed. It’s common for your face to take on a blotchy appearance, which will self-correct within a couple of hours. Some people experience mild peeling while others see no peeling at all.
Occasionally, people experience hyperpigmentation as the result of a superficial peel, although you can help to protect against this by wearing a high factor sunscreen after your treatment. In rare cases, people have reported skin infections or an outbreak of cold sores – if you’re a cold sore sufferer, do let us know in advance.
Medium depth peels
With slightly stronger, medium depth peels you may experience some redness, as well as a burning and stinging sensation for 30 minutes to an hour post-treatment.
Over the next few days, your face may turn darker brown in colour with streaks of white appearing amongst the brown. Your skin will then start to peel, lasting over a five- to six-day period, during which time it may feel quite itchy. After the peeling, your skin may initially look quite red but gradually fade to a fresh pink tone.
Apply a high factor sunscreen to protect against brown spots of hyperpigmentation. In very rare cases – usually at the hands of an inexperienced practitioner – scarring has been reported but is extremely unlikely in the right hands.