Skin Peelers: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:39 by admin
The Food and Drug Administration has cautioned consumers about possible hazards associated with use of chemical skin peeling products. "We are warning consumers about the use of skin peelers because they can cause serious injuries, particularly when not used under the supervision of a physician," said former Commissioner David A. Kessler, M.D. The FDA issued the warning after it received reports of several injuries caused by skin peelers. The products in question contain ingredients that purportedly remove wrinkles, blemishes, blotches and acne scars. They are often promoted with claims that they can restore youthful-looking skin. The FDA said such products can penetrate the skin too deeply, causing severe skin damage. In several cases, persons have been hospitalized for severe burns, swelling and pain. In one case, a California woman suffered seizure, shock and second-degree burns after a mixture of skin peel chemicals was applied to her legs by a beautician. Skin peeling products vary considerably as to their ingredients and strength. Also, skin reactions to the chemicals used in the products vary among individuals. Skin peeling products typically contain combinations and concentrations of several different acids such as resorcinol, phenol, lactic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid and other alpha hydroxy acids. Skin peeling products ordinarily are applied to the skin for a short time each day, usually for 6 to 12 days. The skin initially reddens, as with a sunburn, then darkens and finally peels away revealing what manufacturers claim will be "new skin." Treatments may be painful and leave permanent scars. Skin peeling procedures used to be carried out only by plastic surgeons and dermatologists. However, they are now being done by a variety of non-medical professionals such as cosmetologists and beauticians, some using newly marketed preparations. Several of the products can be purchased through the mail. Many have inadequate instructions; none have been approved by FDA as being safe and effective. If you have been seriously injured by a skin-peeling product it may be important for you to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Beauty & Personal Hygene Products: Overview
  2. Burns: Overview
  3. Seizures: Overview
  4. Shock
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