Phenol Peel Side Effects
Side effects of a phenol peel can include stinging, tightness, redness, irritation, infection, flaking, and scarring for up to two weeks. Phenol peels also carry the risk of hyperpigmentation. If performed incorrectly, a phenol peel can leave your skin scarred and burned.
Hypopigmentation is the most common problem and the reason partial facial areas are not treated. Phenol peels have been linked to cardiac arrhythmia. Patients need to be monitored during treatment.
Who shouldn't use it: Phenol peels are unsuitable for women who are pregnant or breast feeding. Patients should be healthy, with an immune system that can recover quickly from the aggressive peel. Skin bleaching will occur in patients with tan, brown or black skin tones, because the carbolic acid disables the dermis's melanocytes (the cells that form skin pigment). This can also interfere with the body's ability to tan in the future.
In short, phenol peels are not recommended for dark-skinned individuals.
Drawbacks: Your skin can remain red and swollen for several months. Is it worth the wait? This lengthy recovery period has made phenol peels less popular.
Recovery Time For Phenol Peel
You may be limited to a liquid diet in the first 48 hours after a phenol peel since your skin may be too aggravated - even to chew. You'll spend a minimum of two weeks at home while your skin crusts and crumbles off. After two weeks, your skin should be healed enough to apply concealer and return to work, though skin remains pink and sore for three or four months.
After care for Phenol peel: It may be prudent to have a friend or family member around to assist after a phenol peel. Wearing sunscreen can reduce the likelihood of blotchy and irregular skin growths as you heal. Pain killers may be prescribed for the first several days after treatment.