What safety precautions should be taken when using a home chemical peel kit?


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When using a home chemical peel kit, take care that the peel does not drip into the eyes, and protect sensitive areas on the face. Don't expose your face to direct sunlight for more than a week after using the peel.

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Protect sensitive areas of the face such as the eyelids, nostrils and lips by applying a generous quantity of petroleum jelly over them before applying the peel to the rest of the face. Squeeze the cotton ball or brush to ensure that the peel does not drip while being applied. Apply a heavy moisturizer or coconut oil immediately after washing off the peel. Use a heavy sunscreen everyday after the chemical peel has been applied. The peel removes the top layer of the skin, making it more susceptible to sun damage.

Chemical peels can be either superficial or deep. Superficial peels, which can be done at home, remove only the top layer of the skin. They have glycolic or salicylic acids in them in varying proportions. Deep peels must be done in a clinic, usually under anesthesia and by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. They contain an ingredient called phenol, which can cause injury or even scarring if not used by an expert.

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