Experts Warn of Risks of Some at-Home Chemical Peels

Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe appears live on 'GMA' to give advice on how to protect your skin.
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Time now to take you behind the beauty counter. Chemicals peels promise beautiful skin. Less costly at-home peels are available online. They're tempting. What could be sacrificing for savings? Eva pilgrim, you went on the hunt for this. Harsh chemical peels. Require days of down time to allow your skin heal. With the internet they're available to anyone with just a click of the mouse. Some people are finding cutting costs this way with high concentration peels can come at a price. In the quest for perfect skin some are turning to chemical peels. Plenty of products that you can buy that are safe to use that can get you good results. Reporter: Many store products have low concentrations of acids. But she found a stronger product online. She said for $26 she bought a peel containing 30% of tca an aggressive treatment by standards. My whole face started to flame up like it was on fire. My face is returned. This is what is going through my head. Reporter: Months later she says she still has discoloration. Many documenting their experiences online, complaining about burns. When it comes to acids like this, a concentration of 10% or less is safe for home use. Or 30% or more should be used by professionals. Nothing in place to stop consumers from buying products with higher level of acids in just minutes we purchased six of them. Ranging in price from $15 to $0. Do you think these are dangerous. Absolutely. Dangerous to use on your face without supervision. Reporter: Each arriving with instructions. This is not safe to work with at home. What do you think of that guy? I'm almost afraid to touch it. These things work in a matter of minutes. You don't have time to go to Google and say the is this a problem? Reporter: One said its product is safe to use at home if the consumer follows the instructions including a patch test and has gradually worked their way up to higher levels of glycolic acids. We could not reach the company that sold us the 10% tca. If you're ordering this stuff online you're saving mad amounts of money. There's a cost to just rolling the dice. Reporter: Multiple doctors telling us they're seeing more and more people after the bad experiences after those at-home peels. You only get one face, so think carefully before you do something like that. The doctor was afraid of holding the 100% -- It doesn't come to the doctor's office that way. Joining us now is Dr. Whitney Bowe. You know what, I know that you have seen patients come in with reaction and it can be done correctly. What's the best way to prevent a reaction from happening first of all, avoid waxing before a chemical peel. Waxing anywhere on the face whether that's the eyebrows, the upper lip, it thins the skin and can result in a chemical burn. Make sure you're not doing that ahead of time. How about washing your face and make sure you're not scrubbing. You don't want to exfoliate the skin. Etter with a wash cloth or were a scrub. There are some alternatives that are gentle and can give you sort of a peel-like glow. I brought my favorite recipe for a brightening scrub. This is literally three ingredients. All you need is a cup of raw oats. Half a banana and two tablespoons of honey. Take that. You just mix it into a paste. And then you can actually rub this into damp skin. You want to lean over, dampen your face with warm water, massage it gently using your fingertips in a circular motion. Soothing, great ingredients. Thank you for sharing that. I mean, when you look at these simple basic ingredients you have like that. Other things you have in your home. What do you think is best to apply topically? On your skin. Lemonade, Orange juice or champagne. What's best for your skin? Champagne. Champagne? Champagne. Any other people voting in. Champagne. Let's see. We have some very smart audience members. Absolutely. The champagne. I know. I know. You guys are very, very bright audience members here. We have audience members who enjoy a nice glass of champagne. Leftovers after new year's. Why champagne. It contains an ingredient that's a natural exfoliate. Take the cotton ball, dip knit glass of champagne and use it as a toner. On the face. Thank you, thank you, Whitney, very much.

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