Can Chemical Peeling Be Done at Home?

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Chemical Peels

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You can most definitely do a Chemical Peel at home. It won't be as strong as the in office peels, but I recommend my patients do them at home for maintenance. They are non- abrasive daily chemical exfoliation that helps brighten all skin types without irritation. Daily peels with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids help keep pores clear, preventing acne and enlarged pores. When used on a daily basis it also helps firm and smooth your skin.

At home treatments

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Anything sold for home use is not going to be as powerful or effective as the medicine used by a doctor. You get what you pay for in this life! You also run the risk of having untoward effects of the "at home" version. These may bring you to the doctors office in the end. Unfortunately I have seen some disasters caused in the Spa when the operator did not ask enough questions before treating her client.

Beverly Johnson, MD
Silver Spring Dermatologic Surgeon

Gentle Glycolic Acid Peels can be done at home, but not TCA

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Glycolic acid peels are gentle and often done at home without  problems but when you get into the TCA peels , they should be done by your doctor since a lot can go wrong if not done correctly and with appropriate steroid creams for aftercare.

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Chemical Peeling at Home

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Yes, it can be done but is not a good idea.

Chemical peels can have serious side effects and should be taken very seriously. You are better off having it done by an expert.


Superficial peels

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Chemical peels are divided into 3 categories: Superficial,medium depth and deep peels. Superfical peels like glycolic and salicylic acid in small concentration could be used at home with proper instructions. It is important to remmeber that small concentrations could still be harmfull if layering is done. Best of luck!

Home chemical peels

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There are some home chemical peels that are mild and safe. Obviously you would have to use these for a longer period of time. However, you should at least get an initial consultation with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon and medical esthetician to discuss your particular skin problems and to go over all alternatives. Chemical peels, laser peels, fractional lasers, etc, can give you more rapid and sustained results, but they are not for everyone and not everyone needs them anyway.

Theodore Katz, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon

Chemical peeling at home

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Mild chemical peeling (e.g. 8-35%) with glycolic acid can be performed at home, though stronger, more effective peels should be performed in a medical clinic. It is important to determine your skin type and to see if a chemical peel will help you with your particular problem since sometimes laser or creams can be more helpful.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

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