When performed by a licensed and experienced dermatologist or aesthetician, chemical peels are generally safe. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks and potential side effects that you should be aware of.
Some possible side effects of chemical peels include:
- Redness and irritation: Chemical peels can cause redness and irritation, especially immediately after the procedure.
- Peeling and flaking: You may experience peeling and flaking of the skin for a few days after the procedure.
- Hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation: In rare cases, chemical peels can cause changes in skin pigmentation, either making the skin darker or lighter than before.
- Infection: There is a small risk of infection with any cosmetic procedure, including chemical peels.
To minimize the risks and potential side effects of a chemical peel, it's important to choose a reputable provider and follow their aftercare instructions carefully. Be sure to discuss any concerns or questions you have with your provider before undergoing the procedure.