Roseanne Barr’s ‘Battered’ Face: When a Chemical Peel Goes Really Wrong

January 21st, 2015

Many were perplexed by Roseanne Barr’s recent skincare choice and her tweet in the aftermath.  At first alluding to another comic legend she then tweeted: ”Got a chemical peel to look more sexier.’  The photo Roseanne included was indeed creepy: her face completely mangled by a peel session intended to revive a youthful appearance.  While the concern lingers one can’t help but wonder what alternatives a celebrity of her stature had to avoid this facial ruin.  There are undoubtedly holistic facial treatments for those who cringe at the very thought of chemical or invasive skincare.  The most trusted purveyor of natural face care therapies offers unique facials in the heart of New York City.  This form of skin pampering has no recovery time or side effects such as the haunting outcome of Roseanne Barr’s recent chemical peel.

Celebrities’ Preferred Natural Alternative over Chemical Peels

A few of the most watched celebrities including Rachel Weisz and Julianne Moore avoid the chemical care path by choosing the thorough and noninvasive care of a renowned skincare sanctuary nestled in midtown Manhattan founded by celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas.  They understand that overexposure to chemicals actually degrades the health of skin in the log run.


There are facials that have come to the fore for their non-irritating and youth-inducing abilities.  Microcurrent therapy has been applied as a safe and reliable way to sculpt the facial contours using very mild electric currents at wavelengths that are similar to those that  inherently course through our bodies.  With these gentle currents sagging and puffiness are reduced with a nearly immediate reduction of the signs of aging that is painless and delivers the desired visage chemical-free.    The jawline, décolletage and brows are more defined for an ageless appearance.

What are the side effects of a Chemical Peel?

Generally sagging skin and those with darker complexions are thought to be non-contenders for this form of skincare because of the associated adverse results.  According to there are several concerning side effects that should be weighed before choosing this treatment:

• Superficial peels are the mildest type of chemical peel and can be used on all skin types. Superficial peels usually use liquid containing a mild (dilute) acid, most often glycolic acid. Dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) is sometimes used.

• Medium peels penetrate the skin more deeply than superficial peels and cause a second-degree burn of the skin. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is the main peeling agent used for medium peels, though the peel may also be done in several steps using a different chemical solution followed by TCA.

• Deep peels penetrate several layers of skin and cause a second-degree burn of the skin. They are used only on the face. A chemical called phenol is usually used for a deep peel. Deep peels may not be used on darker skin types, because they tend to bleach the skin (hypopigmentation). Even in lighter-skinned people, phenol peels—or any type of deep resurfacing—may bleach the skin. A deep peel can be done only once in most cases.

It would seem that any face care that leads to second degree burns wouldn’t be a choice worth considering.  At the very least it makes sense to do a bit of research before applying any intensive applications to the skin.  Professional aestheticians generally offer consultations to prepare clients for the real expectations of any treatment they choose.  If they don’t then it’s time to find a better option.


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…