What Goes Wrong: Your face feels (and looks) as if it's on fire.
Beauty Fix: Chemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today because they provide quick, visible results. A peel speeds the exfoliation of skin, the process whereby the skin's uppermost layer is shed, revealing a fresh new layer.
If you're interested in a peel, talk to your dermatologist. "Professional peels should only be done in a medical office or medical spa," says Marina Peredo, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She explains that the higher concentration of acids used in professional peels requires a medically trained professional to control the penetration and neutralize it if necessary.
And if you attempt a DIY peel with over-the-counter options stop using any form of retinoid and avoid sun exposure for at least a week before and after the peel. Dr. Peredo advises trying a 10 percent (or weaker) glycolic peel, because salicylic peels tend to be more irritating.
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