Hi. I had a phenol peel 8 months ago. It was very strong, painful, but the results were excellent. I was mildly sedated as phenol peel is very strong the doctor suggested that i be mildly sedated so that i am confortable. My skin was cleaned, then the solution was applied and a timer was set. The solution was then cleaned off and i was asked to rest for a bit and inform if the pain got too severe. It did hurt and burn, but nothing too scary. I was ok and rested a bit. Later in the day my skin felt tight and stretched and very itchy. It was also burning. It took 3 days for the burning to go down but the itchiness took a few more days to go. The redness took the longest to disappear, around 2 weeks. Once the skin began to peel off , i saw a younger and a fresher looking sink underneath. It was a bit lighter, bit not too light. It was somewhat pinkish. After i recovered fully, sunblock, water and a good cleanser were the three things i had to do everyday which i still do. Phenol has given me a great, fresh face.