Redness and Burning After Chemical Peels for Acne

Using the peel and the other treatment I did see...

Using the peel and the other treatment I did see the acne dissapear but I think I may have overdid the chemical peels. So depending on what my face looks like after the redness goes away I may keep seeing my Dr.

I am currently being treated for Acne with Doxycycline Hyclate 100mg, 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Face Wash and Epiduo. The doxy and face wash I have been using for about 2 months and the epiduo for about 2wks. Used the epiduo last night before bed and then had my 5th chemical peel today at 70%. I think it is the glycolic? I had to wash it off before the 4min was up because my face burned and was real red. I came home and showered and it still burns and is red. I'm worried about having brown spots as I do have family with browns spots on the face. My face looked good yesterday. The Acne is clearing up and the scars but now i'm affraid of what it is going to look like after all this redness goes away. What should I do and what happend?


Sometimes we need to use a prescription cortisone cream or even prednisone pills to help the redness go away faster so that dark spot don't develop as a result of too much irritation to the skin. Sincerely,
David Hansen,MD
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The redness will go away faster if you use the over the counter 1% hydrocortisone twice a day. The sooner the redness goes, the less chance of hyperpigmentation developing. Also use a bleaching cream every other night to prevent the pigmentation problem and see your doc. Sincerely, David Hansen,MD
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The redness and burning can be a normal side effect of a stronger chemical peel. It is critical that you keep your skin well moisturized to promote healing and this will also keep you very comfortable as well. I suggest plain vaseline ointment and it is helpful to put the vaseline on after you have splashed your face several times with water to hydrate it and then leave it damp so that the vaseline seals in the moisture. In my office we recommend Elta moisturizer for post peel care. Ice may help with the burning. Also avoid sweating or strenous activity as this will increase the redness, heat and burning.
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He does know how to get rid of the acne, but you do also have to use your judgement and talk to the Dr.

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