TCA Peels - What happens if you peel the skin prematurely?

TCA Peels - What will happen if you peel the skin prematurely? Aside from the risk of scarring and inflicting nicks or little wounds? Thank you so much for answering.

Doctor Answers 2

Prematurely peeling skin from a chem peel will cause discolorations.

If you prematurely peel the skin off from a TCA peel, then it turns red which will then turn brown or blotchy. Another lighter chem peel or bleaching creams helps with the discolorations. If you are still in the red phase then you need a good cortisone cream to prevent the red spots from causing problems.

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Do not do this type of peel at home without seeing a board certified physician who is an expert.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
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