What's a Phenol Peel? - Anti-Aging - iVillage Beauty Skin Clinic

What it is:

The strongest chemical peel, this method uses carbolic acid for deep exfoliation. It is almost never used because it is so deep, mild sedation with a local anesthetic is usually given and there are many risks. New skin forms in one to three weeks and goes from red to pink and then to normal over six to eight weeks. A full-face peel takes one to two hours; smaller areas may take only 10 to 15 minutes.



$1,500 to $3,000 for a full-face peel


Good for:

Deeper wrinkles and scars, sun-damaged skin


Reality check:

While skin is eventually smoother and tighter, the procedure involves discomfort (the face is swollen and the skin is red and uncomfortable for about two weeks) and downtime (most patients will not be presentable enough to go out in public until about two weeks after the procedure). Other problems may include scarring, permanent skin lightening and differences in pigmentation between the peeled and unpeeled areas. It is not recommended for people with dark skin.

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