October 7, 2008 1:40pm CST
My son went to a dermotologist last week and they said that his face has cleared up pretty good , but he a alot of scarring. They said that he will have a chemical peel the next appt. he has in November. What is this ?? How does it work? Have you had one and did it work good or screw your skin up worse?????
• United States
11 Nov 08
There are many types of skin peels available. A skin peel is basically just a certain amount of diluted acid applied to the dermis. Some peels are really harsh (TCA), and some are more mild (Glycolic Acid).I had a series of Jessner's Peels done, and they really cleared up my skin/faded my scars (which were minimal, btw).My derm did a skin-patch test a week prior, claiming that some people do have adverse reactions, and that, because my skin was ultra-sensitive to most of the creams he gave me, he didn't want to take any chances. Hopefully your son will benefit as much as I have from this.GOOD LUCK!!! Keep me posted!
• United States
12 Nov 08
I was pretty nervous before my first appointment, too. Maybe letting him know what to expect as far as pain goes will put his mind at ease? In my experience, soon after my derm applied the acid, my face got pretty warm...then hot. On the areas closest to my eyes, the burning was a little worse than everywhere else. There was a fan directly over my face for the approximate 5-10 minutes it was being performed, and the pain dulled after the first minute or so. Even at it's worst, it wasn't excruciating. I'd describe it as being more uncomfortable than anything else. I went home, after the derm put on some antibacterial lotion, and saw my face was red. The next day, the redness was gone...and my skin started peeling around my mouth and eyebrows...within the next month or so, my scars were less noticeable, and my acne was almost gone. I went in ever 4-6 weeks for about a year and a half, and I'm glad to say my skin is amazing now!