My 19 year old daughter with sensitive fair skin and moderate acne under the skin had a facial as she does monthly, but was waxed 1st and then had a stronger peel. Now it is red ... tight...extremely dry, rough skin that is visably burned. Peeling some with red new skin under. All prerty bad. Leaving for Africa in a few days. Needs help. I saw that cetaphil cream and 1% cortisone or (is hydrocortisone best) would be good. Also saw a sugestion of aquaphor.
what is the best treatment for a chemical peel burn on lower face and chin?
Doctor Answers (4)
Treating a chemical peel burn
I agree with the recommendations so far. Using Aquaphor or vaseline for 3-4 days, followed by a bland, non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) moisturizer such as Cetaphil, CeraVe or any over-the-counter moisturizer made for sensitive skin. A mild cortisone cream such as 1% hydrocortisone can be added to the moisturizer for a few days to help calm the inflammation. Remember to use a good daily sunblock of at least SPF 30 since her skin will be extra sensitive!
Burn from peel
Dear concerned mom, I would agree with Dr. Chen and have her use aquaphor or vaseline a few times a day for about three days. After that I would switch to something like cetaphil as too much occlusive moisturizer will aggrevate her acne. Can also use cool compresses made up of 1/4 cup white vingar and 3/4 cups water. If it appears to be getting infected go right to the dermatologist.
Web reference: http://brookwooddermatology.com
Vasoline on the skin will help.
However, if this seems to be getting worse rather than better, consider having her seen by a board certified dermatologist.
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Chemical peel burn on lower face
I would suggest Aquaphor ointment at least twice daily for 3-5 days until the skin is no longer irritated, then switch to cetaphil cream. Although Aquaphor works well for healing, if used too long, it has the tendency to clog pores.