AHA Peel Side Effects
An AHA peel may leave your skin with redness, peeling, itchiness, stinging or flaking. How your skin reacts depends greatly on the intensity of the peel used. Frequent peels can actually minimize the side effects, since many patients find that they lessen as the facial skin gets used to the treatment.
Who shouldn't use it: Because they are relatively gentle, AHA peels aren't useful on deep wrinkles or extensive age spotting. In general, chemical peels are not meant during pregnancy, but AHA peels may not fall under this umbrella since they can be made from lactic acid (milk!). To be safe, you'll want to consult your physician ahead of time.
Drawbacks: One AHA peel is typically not enough. Because the chemicals need to be neutralized afterwards, AHA peels should not be used on larger body parts, like the back.
Recovery Time For AHA Peel
For a doctor-performed procedure, about 10 days for total recovery, though chances are you can return to work on the same day; as little as a few hours for some of the do-it-yourself kits.
After care for AHA peel: You might be instructed to add AHA-based face washes or creams to your morning or evening skincare regimen. Retin-A or a bleaching agent can help maintain the results as well. AHA peels can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, so it's best to stay in the shade for a week until the side effects subside. Sunscreen can help protect new skin cells.