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When Does the Redness from a Glycolic Peel Go Away?

I recently used a 30 percent glycolic peel on my face and neck. I left it on for 10 min. My face got crusty and dry and scabbed where i had acne. My neck turned into a blotchy red mess and I dont understand why. I was wondering how long will it take for the blotchy redness to go away on my neck? I have been using cereve lotion and neosporin to keep it moist. Also some topical ointments lidocaine 5% and mupirocin 2% mixed in. does this sound like a good combination to get me through?

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Redness from glycolic peels resolves with time

Redness from glycolic peels resolves with time. Topical wound care should be bland and not irritating as with aquaphor or Aveeno claming lotion.

Chicago Dermatologist
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Redness after glycolic chemical peel

Superficial peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling/peeling that ends within three to seven days.

John Soderberg, MD, MPH
Raleigh-Durham Dermatologic Surgeon
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Prolonged redness after glycolyci acid peel

You have been applyin multiple products that may in fact keeping the area more red. I would avoid tthe use of Neosporin and mupirocin unless specifically prescribed.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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