What are the risks of a chemical peel?

Chemical peels carry some risks. Your skin may remain stark white after some deeper peels, although properly preparing the skin can reduce this risk. Other risks include scarring, infection, cold sores and long-term redness. Some people also develop acne after a peel or small cysts from blocked oil glands.

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