Although the technique that your doctor may use to apply the peel may be slightly different, in general, the peel process is a follows. Prior to the peel, all make-up is removed and the skin is fully cleansed and prepared. The peel solution is applied to the skin and left on for anywhere from one to five minutes. During the peel you may experience a tingling, itching or burning sensation which is often minimized by using a fan that blows cool air onto the skin. Following the peel, a cold compress or spray is applied to soothe the skin. Immediately following the peel, the skin may appear red in color and over the next few days, you may see actual peeling of the skin. As with all cosmetic procedures, there are possible side effects. These include irritation of the skin, a rash, blistering, marked peeling, or discolorations of the skin.
Phototherapy or light treatment is an effective treatment for eczema. With phototherapy, various wavelengths of sunlight (UVB, UVA, combined UVA/UVB, UVA1, or narrow-band) are administered in a unit that is similar to a telephone booth but which is lined by fluorescent appearing light bulbs. The type of phototherapy that you will receive will be determined by your dermatologist. It is usually administered twice weekly. Possible side effects of phototherapy are redness, sunburn, or dryness. Long-term side effects, which are more likely with white skin, are possible skin cancers and enhanced aging.