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Can I do a chemical or acid peel at home?

Anne M. Chapas, MD
Dermatology

It's fine to do a chemical or acid peel at home -- as long as you're smart about it. In this video, Dr. Oz guest Anne Chapas, M.D., offers a helpful hint for safe do-it-yourself peels.


Daniel Kapp
Daniel Kapp on behalf of MDLIVE
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
There are currently on the market chemical and glycolic acid peels. While these peels do not have the same strength as peels performed by a physician, they do have some benefits and they improve the appearance of the skin. Many of the home chemical peel products are sold as over the counter products at a pharmacy or beauty supply store.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Although some alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or other types of facial peels are sold over-the-counter, these kits tend to have relatively low acid concentrations. Therefore, the results are more subtle. For more noticeable results, you should visit a qualified physician who has kits with higher concentrations available.

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