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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

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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

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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

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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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