The doctor will discuss all possible side effects with the patient prior to the procedure, as well as the potential risks.
After a chemical peel, the patient should use careful sun protection to maintain benefits of the peel. The doctor may prescribe a sunscreen for long-term care. The doctor may also recommend using a retinoid cream (tretinoin) and a bleaching agent before or after the treatment in order to prevent skin darkening.
All chemical peel treatment types carry potential risks such as infection and scarring.
For patients with a history of cold sores or herpes outbreaks, the chemical peel may increase risk of outbreak and patients may need to be treated prior to or following the procedure.