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Croton Oil Peel

A croton oil peel, also known as a modified phenol peel or a Hetter peel, is a deep chemical peel that offers patients controlled yet dramatic results. Skin appears more youthful, less wrinkled, and more evenly pigmented once healed.

Croton Oil Peel

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

7 weeks








$250 - $5500

The Specifics

What is a croton oil peel?

A croton oil peel is a specific type of deep chemical peel offering intense and aggressive skin resurfacing. Croton oil penetrates through the epidermis (first skin layer), papillary dermis, and into the reticular dermis where hair roots, sebaceous (oil) and sweat glands, blood vessels, and the protein matrix of collagen and elastin reside.

Croton oil peels provide significant and lasting results although they also carry an increased recovery time and risk of side effects. A croton oil peel is used to smooth skin tone/texture, lessen signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of sun damage, even skin discoloration, diminish scars, and treat certain precancerous skin growths.

What cosmetic concerns does a croton oil peel treat?

A croton oil peel permeates numerous skin layers for intensive exfoliation and stimulation of the body’s healing and rejuvenation processes for new skin growth. 1. Acne Scars & Scars: Croton oil penetrates multiple dermal layers to debride and remove scar tissue. 2. Uneven Skin Tone: Dermal layer penetration breaks down collections of hyperpigmentation for a more even skin tone. 3. Uneven Skin Texture: Croton oil reduces deposits of dead/damaged skin cells and sebum. 4. Fine Lines & Wrinkles: Croton oil encourages high cell turnover for a significantly refreshed complexion.
5. Facial Skin Laxity: Collagen stimulation firms and tightens skin.

Who is the ideal candidate for a croton oil peel?

The ideal candidate for a croton oil peel is an individual with lighter skin who is seeking dramatic improvements to their complexion with an appropriate amount of time to dedicate to recovery. Croton oil peels are not recommended for those with darker skin tones due to a high risk of hypopigmentation, those with active skin lesions/infections, sunburns, or those who are nursing or pregnant.

What is the average recovery associated with a croton oil peel?

There are at least two weeks of acute downtime following a croton oil peel. Throbbing, burning, redness, edema, severe crusting, and peeling persists for one to two weeks, although certain side effects may last for several months. Special skin dressings and diligent skin care are critical during the first few post-procedure days to weeks.

Patients are to refrain from most all activities and work for two weeks. As results finalize, the treated skin may have a different pigmentation and have lost the ability to tan. Diligent skin care and limited sun exposure plus good sunscreen are important to facilitate recovery and enhance results.

What are the potential side effects of a croton oil peel?

Possible side effects following a croton oil peel include local infection, contact dermatitis, irritation, burning, pruritus, pain, persistent erythema, edema, blistering. Delayed side effects may include scarring, delayed healing, milia, textural changes, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, lines of demarcation, loss of cutaneous barrier and tissue injury, and acneiform eruptions

What can someone expect from the results of a croton oil peel procedure?

The results of a croton oil peel will develop after several months as skin peels and rejuvenates. Dramatic, enduring results following one treatment will last years. The results naturally evolve with aging and sun damage.

What is the average cost of a croton oil peel procedure?

Croton oil peels cost anywhere from $250 to $5,500. The actual cost of a croton oil peel is dependent upon location, provider, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of chemical peels.


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What to Expect

A croton oil peel, also known as a modified phenol peel or a Hetter peel, is a deep chemical peel that offers patients controlled yet dramatic results. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a croton oil peel.

The Takeaway

A croton oil peel is a deep chemical peel penetrating through more skin layers than superficial and medium depth peels. Croton oil peels provide significant and lasting results for a youthful, bright complexion.
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