Before and After

Chemical Peels can help

your skin

What are the possible side effects and complications of TCA and Jessner peels?

  1. Pain. There is usually not much discomfort after a peel, but a moisturizer and/or ibruprofen can be used

  2. Redness. Pink or red skin usually lasts from a few days to a week or two.  Occasionally, redness may persist longer

  3. Pigment Changes. Light or dark discoloration is usually temporary, but can occasionally be permanent

  4. Swelling. Usually mild

  5. Scarring. There is a very small chance of scarring, including keloids.  It is important that you follow post-operative instructions carefully

  6. Eye Exposure. It is important that you keep your eyes closed during the treatment.

  7. Sun sensitivity.  Can last 1-2 months or longer

  8. Accutane. You should not have a chemical peel if you have used Accutane in the last 6 months.

  9. Cold Sores. If you are prone to cold sores, you may need a prescription for acyclovir prior to having a chemical peel

How should I care for my skin after TCA or Jessner peel?

Wash nightly with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil

remove any makeup very gently.

Apply a thick, bland moisturizer like Cetaphil Cream, Vaseline, vitamin E cream or aloe vera

Absolutely no sun for 48 hours, and limited sun for one week after