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24 Jul 2008

peels turned blisters
I have had 2 previous neostrata peels with 20%. I am using the products as well. for my 3rd peel which was 2 weeks after the 2nd, it was increased to be higher. It was extremely terrible. within 3 min of the peel, the area around my eye swelled. i rushed back to the clinic and was told that it was perfectly normal. i refused to believe this as it was really sore and burning. the next morning, i got up with blue semi circles under my eyes which looked like i was beaten up. day 2 and more patches all over my face. was informed by clinic that it was normal and it will clear. it is now week 4 and still have some blue marks under my eye and upper lip. I went back to clinic last week and was once again told that it is normal and i should come for another peel in 2 weeks. I am really scared as now i have these scars on my face. please advise. Asian, 38. normal skin
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Anti-ageing expert
Anti-ageing expert

01 Jan 0001

Hi ‘Blue Peel’, thank you for the question.

My advice is to consider getting a second opinion and preferably from an aesthetic practitioner or dermatologist. Please do not undergo any more treatments until a medical professional has examined your skin.

NeoStrata peels have been demonstrated to be safe in all skin types so my feeling is that the reaction you developed is either an allergic reaction or that the peel was not completely neutralized. With increasing the strength of the peel (normal protocol) one needs to be very careful to how the skin responds as one may need to neutralize within a minute or two. Typically the decision on increasing the strength of a peel is based on previous skin response and length of time the lower strength was on the skin. Another consideration and something we have experienced at our practice is that some skin types take a while to respond to the lower strengths and practitioners may be too hasty to increase the peel strength and duration. Our approach is to only increase the strength once a patient has tolerated a full 5 to 6 minutes of the lower strength with no redness or side effects.
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