What my friends ask me: Chemical Peels
Last week I received a call from a friend of mine who was hysterical because she had purchased a chemical peel from a website, applied it to her face, and had the rapid onset of burning, redness, pain, and discoloration. I asked her what she had ordered and how she put it on. It turns out that she ordered a 35% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel and applied it directly to her cheek. Not all peels are created equally, and if you’re not sure what you are ordering, application should be left to health care professionals such as dermatologists and plastic surgeons. In general, it is a good idea to consult a doctor prior to using any chemical peel because certain aspects of your skin, your medical history, and your expectations will dictate what type of peel is best for you.