I am a girl with Indian brown skin and I did lactic acid peel last night which burnt my entire face this morning (Photo)

I am on adapalene and clindamycin gel treatment regime for last three Months. I did 50% lactic acid treatment last night for 1 minute and has severe burning sensation. It completely burnt my face. I am Worried if this will heal without any scarring and what should I do to prevent it from scarring and heal faster ??

Doctor Answers 2

Chemical Peels and Indian Skin

Darker skin types are much more sensitive to chemical peels that lighter skin and that must be taken into account when  doing a peel.  It's important for all skin types to be very cautious when using chemical peels and I encourage everyone see a professional for peels and to avoid home peels due to the risk of scarring which can be permanent.  Please find a board-certified dermatologist in your area who has experience treating darker skin and have an in-person consult to discuss your next steps.

Good Luck!

Dr. Shah


New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Indian Skin and Chemical Peels

I treat a lot of patients with Indian skin and you have to be very sensitive since it can burn or hyperpigment very easily.  You need to consult a dermatologic for proper wound care now so that the peel doesn't hyperpigment you or scar you. Please keep us posted.  Best, Dr. Green

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