Phenol Peels Can Reset Your Skin But They Come With More Than A Few Drawbacks

When it comes to cosmetic beauty procedures, roughly 75% of them don't require surgery, according to Statista. Some great examples of these treatments include fillers and Botox, which are incredibly popular. However, some of these treatments also likely include chemical peels, which have taken the beauty sector by storm, with plenty of variations available to meet specific needs. While they have benefits, such as reducing the appearance of fine lines, chemical peels have their downsides, too.


However, the downsides of a phenol peel are a lot more severe. Some side effects are quite extreme and can include scarring and blistering, according to a 2012 report published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery. These drawbacks are enough to put some people off altogether. So, what are some other disadvantages when it comes to phenol peels? We're taking a deep dive into why you may want to reconsider this treatment before deciding if it's the right fit for you.

A phenol peel could affect your organs

If you're considering a phenol peel, it's crucial to educate yourself about the possible side effects — just like with any cosmetic procedure. Ensuring you're thoroughly informed about a treatment is one of the most vital steps you can go through. So, when it comes to phenol peels, what do you need to consider when it comes to drawbacks? As it turns out, some of the side effects of the treatment could potentially cause you physical harm.


In an interview with Allure, board-certified dermatologist Blair Murphy-Rose M.D. explained how "phenol can also cause systemic side effects including problems with the heart, kidney or liver." However, she adds, "When performed by an experienced physician, a phenol peel can be safe." While it "can be safe," there is certainly an element of risk involved that needs to be taken into consideration before proceeding with the treatment.

Recovery is very intense

Recovery after a phenol peel is a very intense process. While less invasive chemical peels take around a couple of weeks to heal, according to the Mayo Clinic, a phenol peel can take months, making it a long process that will likely require much care and patience on your behalf. For those who don't want to wait a long time or go through such an intense recovery process to see results, then this part of the treatment is a big downside. Some individuals may even feel as though the pain is not worth it. However, this depends on what you want to achieve with the treatment.


Of course, if you are considering getting a phenol peel, you should talk to your doctor to find the best option that is suitable for your skin. In addition, they should also advise you on what to avoid before undergoing your treatment and any preparations you will need to make.