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Recovery time for chemical peel?

Question posted by Melanie from Ajax

I’m interested in getting a chemical peel. I’m worried because I can’t take any down time from work right now. How much recovery time is required after a chemical peel? Can I wear make up after a chemical peel?

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  • Dear Melanie,

    Recovery time from a chemical peel
    that is very mild or moderate can be a matter of 24-48 hours.  Mild chemical peels such as Salicylic acid or
    20-30% Glycolic acid or low concentration Trichloroacetic acid heal very
    quickly and have a minor degree of erythema. 
    These very superficial peels act as an exfoliant and can improve brown
    discolouration and the glow of skin. 
    Superficial peels rarely result in deep and insignificant collagen
    production with a wrinkle reduction and tightening.  Stronger chemical peels such as 80% Glycolic
    acid or 50% of greater Trichloroacetic acid will cause significant time to
    recover.  The recovery time for these can
    be in the order of 7-10 days.  The
    resulting erythema can be covered by 7-10 days and collagen production
    continues for 4-6 weeks.

    To find out more or schedule a
    consultation simply visit

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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