Hi, I Had a Slight Glycolic Peel Yesterday and noticed a few red burned spots on my cheeks and are still there this morning. still felt tingling sensations after shower and red burned spots still very visible. Is this normal reaction or should i be worried and seek medical advise. Rgds, Ems
1 Day Post Glycolic Peel: Is it Normal to Have Red Spots and Tingling?
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Irritation after a glycolic acid peel
Glycolic peel and redness
It is normal to have some redness lasting a few days on your cheeks after a glycolic acid peel. Use a gentle cleanser with lukewarm water and a moisturizer. Use a sunscreen with SPF 50+ and a hat. Avoid the sun for at least 2 weeks to prevent darkening of your skin.
Light chemical peels are not always so light
Peel depth is determined by several factors, including type and percentage of acid, patient skin type and thickness, and pre-treatment with exfoliating medications. Thick skin and increased sebum production will impede penetration of a peel solution. also, skin with an impaired barrier function may experience accelerated depth of penetration. Your experience so far sounds like a normal reaction for a slightly deeper peel. However, if you are still worried you should contact your physician for a follow up and hopefully, for reassurance.
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