Risks Of Chemical Peels
A chemical peel can cause several side effects ranging from mild to severe and may depend on the depth of your chemical peel.
Swelling, scabbing, and redness
Normal chemical peel healing usually results in redness of the treated skin. Redness may continue for several months after a medium or deep chemical peel.
Scarring from a chemical peel is uncommon, and if it happens, usually occurs on the lower half of the face.
Skin color changes
A chemical peel can cause treated skin to become darker or lighter in color After a shallow peel, hyperpigmentation is more common, but hypopigmentation is more common after a thorough peel.
A chemical peel can cause a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection of your skin.
Damage to the heart, kidneys, or liver
A deep chemical peel contains phenol which can damage the heart muscles and induce irregular heartbeats during prolonged exposure. Phenol can also cause renal and liver damage.