I Burnt my Face with 100% Glycolic Acid. Will my Skin Scar?

will there be risk of scarring or anything?my face turned real red and now is blackish on colour,darker than my complexion.i am black in skin colour,african.

Doctor Answers 3

100% glycolic peel at home? Not a good idea

Chemical peels come in strengths for at home use which are much lower than what is available to licesned professionals.  You should not be doing a 100% glycolic acid peel on yourself at home.  Seek out the help of a board certified dermatologist ASAP to treat the damage done to your skin.  Good luck!

New York Dermatologist
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Glycolic Acid burns can scar the skin

Glycolic Acid burns can scar the skin. They are best applied by knowledgeable dermatologists and are best neutralized with water. In the case of scarring or pigmentation see a board certified Dermatologist for expert care.

Edward Lack, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
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Treatig yourself is UNWISE.

See a board certified plastic surgeon for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Before peels specificaly in dark skin, one must prepare the skin topevent complications such as yours.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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