Chemical peels are an important part of cosmetic medicine and can induce very specific and positive changes in the skin. Recovery after a chemical peel depends primarily on the depth of the peel.
Its not uncommon for chemical peels to reach the depth of the papillary dermis, causing epithelial slough after the peel. This skin exposure is not uncommon and will reepithelialize quickly if protected. In some cases, the peel can be patchy and reach unequal depths and cause problems.
The important part of chemical peel recovery is to recognize the difference between a normal peel depth and healing or infection. This postprocedural period is important and close follow up is crucial to prevent worsening of the condition.