Acid Peeling At Home? Here Are 7 Crucial Things To Know (Potential Peel Problems Ahead)

Have you ever thought about trying a chemical peel at home?

Do you want to try an acid peel that will help you deal with all sorts of problems related to the skin on your face?

Have you heard the horror stories about what can go wrong when you don’t try acid peeling at home the right way?

If you’ve ever wanted to try acid peeling on your own but you’re too afraid to run the risks associated with it, then this article is for you. Below we’re going to walk you through seven of the most important steps you need to keep in mind to ensure you have a safe, healthy, and happy acid peeling experience every time.

This process can be a little rough on your skin, so make sure you read up on everything you need to know before you get started. And if you have any questions or concerns, speak to your dermatologist or another skin care professional to find out more.

Now, let’s get started learning about seven of the most important tips to keep in mind when you’re planning to try acid chemical peels at home.

1. Buy the right product for the job.

acid peeling at home

The first step on the path to making sure you have the best possible chemical peel experience at home is to choose the right product for the needs you have. There are three categories of acid-based chemical peels:

  • Superficial peels: These are for exfoliating the surface level of your skin and are made with lactic acid or mandel is acid.
  • Medium peels: These target the second layer of your skin and help you deal with scarring, wrinkles, fine lines, and some age spots. They are usually made with glycolic acid and TCA.
  • Strong peels: These are the type of peels you probably need to go to a dermatologist for. They work deeply into the second layer of skin and include high-percentage TCA peels as well as phenol peels.

2. Be on the lookout for side effects.

home peeling

Whether this is your first at-home chemical peel or you’ve done this countless times before, you should always be on the lookout for potential side effects. Even if you just notice a little bit of itching one day, there’s a chance this could blossom into something much worse if you don’t discontinue use of the peel immediately and treat the problem, so pay attention to what your skin is telling you. Potential side effects include:

  • Redness, itching and swelling
  • Pain
  • Sunburn-like results
  • Peeling (more than normal for a chemical peel)
  • Rarely, bleeding, numbness, or tingling

3. Never do a phenol peel at home.

how to do acid peeling at home

There are several types of peels you can try at home, and some people have even had success with low-percentage TCA peels at home (although these should never be used without experience). However, you should keep in mind that phenol peels are simply much too dangerous for at-home use. You should always have a professional perform this type of peel, because there are too many chances for bad results and negative, harmful side effects.

4. Always test your skin first.

what is acid peeling

This is a solid piece of advice no matter what type of facial skin care treatment you’re trying. If this is your first time using a product, you should always take time to test how it’s going to interact with your skin before you use it on your whole face. For a chemical peel, you can try it on your chin alone, or put it on the skin along your jawline in front of your ear. Try it on a small area first and leave it alone for several days to a week to see how your skin will respond.

5. Work up to five minutes.

tips in doing acid peeling

Most chemical peels for at-home use will tell you that you can leave them on your face for five minutes maximum. It’s very important to remember that this is truly a maximum length of time for this type of treatment. You should begin with a very short treatment, like 30 seconds to one minute, the first couple of times you try it. From there, you can add 30 seconds to your time until you have worked all the way up to five minutes. This will help your skin adjust to the use of the chemical peel.

6. Don’t use facial treatments for 24 hours afterward.

facial treatments at home

You may be tempted to get right back into your traditional skin care routine after your peel, but you should wait at least 24 hours before you do this (and longer if the products you usually use contain any type of acid). This will give your skin a chance to peel and exfoliate properly before you put anything else on it that could clog your pores or cause the peel to work improperly. Depending on the intensity of your peel, you may need to wait up to 3 days to start using your regular skin care products.

7. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

treatments at home for the face

As with any type of skin treatment, you should always keep your face hydrated before and after your chemical peel. Drying out is a very common side effect related to chemical peels of just about any strength, and your skin is never going to look vibrant, youthful, or healthy if you don’t keep it well-hydrated throughout the process. Get a good, gentle face moisturizer for this purpose and be ready to start using it 24 hours after your peel has been completed. This will go a long way toward restoring your skin to its best and helping it look great no matter how many times you treat it.


As you can see, there’s a lot to learn about this procedure! Make sure you have a s old understanding of the whole process before you ever get started. It’s a good idea to even be sure you know what you’re doing before you choose the right peel to use on your face. There are a lot of different types out there, so choosing the right peel can go a long way toward making sure you don’t end up with something that’s going to hurt or damage your face.

Although there are some negative side effects that can come from acid peels you do at home, you can avoid the risk of these problems altogether by making sure you follow the tips list above. And don’t forget to look for more information if you’re still concerned, too. There’s plenty of useful tips out there, and a little research can go a long way!


You Might Also Like: