*PLEASE DONT DO THIS AT HOME!
Just because there are peels available on-line or at the local pharmacy with a brand name, does not mean that they should be performed at home by untrained individuals. Additionally, these more low concentration superficial peels sold at the local drugstore, although still dangerous in the wrong hands cannot give you the results you would get from a professional peel. On the other hand, there are also many websites that are now selling professional level peels to anyone without as much as a cosmetology license. We have many clients that have performed peels by themselves and have caused irreparable damage to the skin, including hyper or hypo-pigmentation and even scarring. These deeper peels should only be performed by medical professionals or specially trained estheticians working in a medical office. There are many steps that go into these treatments besides applying the product. There are medical questionnaires that need to be thoroughly reviewed for possible contraindications. For instance if someone is prone to cold sores or has an active cold sore, applying a chemical peel can cause a herpetic breakout over the entire face that can eventually lead to scarring. The skin also needs to be cared for properly before, during and after the procedure. These “on-line” peels most often do not come with medical knowledge, experience or facial specialist training and clients find themselves spending more money in the long run on expensive medical appointments and cosmetic treatments to try and repair the damage.