Is It Bad to Manually Peel Your Skin After a Chemical Peel?
- Asked by hygienegirl in California
- 4 years ago
I got a medium depth chemical peel about two days ago and my face was very dry and had thick patches of brown tough dead skin. The skin began to crack open so I began peeling off my skin, which exposed very pink fresh skin that bleed a little bit. Is this a bad thing??? I don't know if I should have peeled off the brown patches only two days after getting the peel???
Manually peeling skin after chemical peel
I advise never to pick any loose or scabby skin, although if the skin is a bit flaky, then you can put on some moisturizing cream on your finger and gently rub the flaky skin off (not picking, and not scratching).
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I usually advise my patients not to pick at their skin following a chemical peel but rather replace that compulsion with frequent application of bland moisturizers (e.g. aveeno, cetaphil, cerave). You otherwise place yourself at increased risk of scarring.
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