Is Chemical Peel a Right Choice for Me?

hi , im thinking about having a chemical peel (starting by a light one , because im scared) but i dont know much about it, i have olive skin complexion and would like to know if having a CP will make my face with pink patches ? What would i have to do daily after the chemical peel? Is it ok if i do some sports afterwards? how long would a chemical peel done to a oily skin with acne and acne scars take to finish? thank you for your reply

Doctor Answers 2

Multiple light chemical peels are the way to start with when in doubt.

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Starting with light TCA peels such as 10-15% is good and can be done every 2 wks until you get your desired effect.  It is very important to use a prescription cortisone lotion twice a day for 2 weeks with each peel and to use a SPF every morning and a bleaching cream.  Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Please find a cosmetic dermatologist to consult.

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Chemical peels are great when done appropriately.  Olive complexion complicated things because it is essentially to not damage your natural complexion.  Generally lighter peels are extremely mild (glycolics and 10-15% TCA peels).  These are skin fresheners that improve skin tone.  However, without a personal consultation it is impossible to know what issues you need addressed.  The punishment needs to fit the crime.  Please do not be tempted to order these agents on the internet and do your own chemical peel-this would be a big mistake.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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