Chemical peel Pain: In general, users only feel a mild stinging sensation during light or medium chemical peels. After the procedure, a mild pain reliever may be taken to relieve any discomfort, if necessary. There should not be any pain, however if you do experience pain, you should immediately rinse the skin with cool water to neutralize the peel. You may feel a slight stinging or mild burning sensation with each peel, this lets you know the peel is working on the surface and penetrating the epidermis, the sting or burn should not be painful. A fan should help with any discomfort. The salicylic peel may have more of a stinging or burning sensation on the skin than the other peels, this does not mean it is penetrating deep than the others. If it becomes uncomfortable, wash it off with water.