Can being out in the sun after receiving a chemical peel cause scarring?
Janie Shelton (Mcdonough, GA) on Dec 7, 2011
Sun exposure after a peel can cause hyperpigmentation, burning and possible scarring. It is recommended that you stay out of the sun and not tan after any peel. You need to give the skin time to heal. Then use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Brenda Gilbert (Raymond, NH) on Dec 7, 2011
Exposing your skin to the sun after a peel is NOT recommended. Because your skin has been resurfaced, it is not protected against the sun's rays. Sun exposure will likely result in hyperpigmentation.
Robert Strimling (Las Vegas, NV) on Dec 7, 2011
Not usually scarring (unless one gets a significant burn), but increased risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (i.e. an undesirable blotchy tan-brown skin discoloration) that requires additional time and/or treatment to resolve.
George Lefkovits (New York, NY) on Dec 7, 2011
Following a skin peel you should avoid the sun and apply a strong sunscreen, Because the superficial layer of the skin has been removed the skin is very sensitive. It is more prone to burns, skin discoloration and possible scarring. So you should try to avoid the sun for the first several months.
John Obi (Jacksonville, FL) on Dec 7, 2011
You should be extremely cautious being exposed to ultraviolet radiation after a chemical peel procedure. Naturally there are different depths of the peel. The deeper the peel, the greater the risk of potentially permanent scarring, such as hyperpigmentation.