If phenol peels had a slogan it might be “no pain, no gain.” When it comes to chemical peels, they fall in the extremely strong category. The results are often dramatic but the recovery time can be extensive. If you have a date on Friday night, you don’t want to get a phenol peel Friday afternoon. In fact, some patients won’t want to be seen in public for a week or two thanks to extremely red skin, flakes and scabs. The complete regenerative process in this case can take as much as three months.
Phenol peels have the potential to make your skin tighter, smoother and even free of blemishes but they come with risk. Some patients end up with skin that looks permanently bleached. For this reason, phenol peels aren’t recommended for people with darker complexions.