Chemical peels require glycolic acid concentrations ranging from 20 to 70 percent. The acid dries the skin, causing peeling and flaking, especially with deeper peels. This is why it is important protect the more sensitive areas of the face, such as the corners of the mouth, the inner eyes, and the nasolabial folds. The regular course of treatment is ice to help blistering subside, or a short course of steroids, if necessary.
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