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What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical Peels are a non-invasive and effective cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, and hands. It is achieved by applying a chemical solution that causes controlled destruction and works to remove damaged skin cells to reveal healthier skin.

What are Chemical Peels good for?

Chemical Peels are known to be an effective treatment for:

  • Deep facial lines
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Acne scars
  • Sun damage
  • Brown spots

How do Chemical Peels work?

Chemical peels effectively raise the acidity of the skin to loosen the cells that cling to dead skin so that it can be exfoliated and removed, revealing and promoting further growth of healthy skin.

There are three types of chemical peel, used to treat different layers of skin depending on the targeted issue:

Superficial Chemical Peel

Also known as a light peel, superficial peels only reach the outer layer of the skin. Light peels are made from two types of alpha-hydroxy acid–salicylic acid and glycolic acid–to gently exfoliate the skin. Uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles are targeted and treated by superficial peels.

Medium Chemical Peel

A medium peel works on the surface of the skin as well as the top of the middle layer to target wrinkles and mild acne scars. The medium chemical peel uses trichloroacetic acid or phenol to remove the damaged cells. Medium chemical peels are not often performed on the hands and feet because they cause too much skin damage.

Deep Chemical Peel

Deep chemical peels get into all three layers of skin (epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue) using carbolic acid to treat rough skin, fine lines, severe wrinkles, deep scars, and sun damage. Some dermatologists perform deep chemical peels by using CO2 lasers to penetrate all three layers of skin.

What can I expect during a Chemical Peel treatment?

Typically, chemical peel cosmetic treatments are in-office, outpatient procedures. The treatment starts with cleaning the skin and applying gauze or providing goggles to protect the eyes.

For a deep peel and sometimes for a medium chemical peel your doctor will numb the area with anesthetic.

Superficial Peels

During superficial peels low-concentration salicylic acid or glycolic acid chemical solution is applied to the treatment areas using gauze, cotton balls, or a brush. The chemicals are then left to work for several minutes and neutralized with water or a special solution. Some minor redness and skin irritation and a slight stinging sensation may occur during superficial peels, which is expected to resolve soon after treatment.

Downtime from superficial peels is usually minimal and only requires the patient to refrain from wearing makeup or lotion.

Medium Peels

For medium chemical peels, a chemical solution of medium concentration trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or glycolic acid solution is applied in a similar manner. When the skin begins to whiten as the TCA or glycolic acid takes effect, your doctor will apply a cold compress to ease discomfort. Patients may experience moderate to severe stinging and an intense burning sensation that typically lasts about 20 minutes. No neutralizing chemical solution is necessary.

Some patients develop moderate swelling and redness during treatment and for several days following a medium peel. Downtime for a medium chemical peel typically lasts between 5-14 days depending on skin type, and patients should not resume normal activities until the skin has healed.

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels use a highly concentrated glycolic acid chemical solution, applied with a cotton-tipped tool. Application is parsed, with the glycolic acid solution left on for increments of as little as 3 minutes and as much as 15 minutes at a time. Patients are sedated with general anesthesia during deep chemical peels.

Downtime for a deep chemical peel can take up to 2 weeks. Patients should avoid sun exposure, heat, and strenuous activities during this time.

How long do Chemical Peel results last?

The results of a chemical peel depend on the depth and concentration of chemicals used.

  • Light chemical peel effects typically last 1-2 months.
  • Medium chemical peel results can last 2-4 months.
  • Deep chemical peels produce extremely long-lasting results–effects can remain for up to 10 years.

Who is a good candidate for Chemical Peels?

Any adult who wants to improve skin tone, texture, or discoloration, or who wants to address deep acne scars and wrinkles, is a great candidate for a chemical peel. Generally, chemical peels work better on light skin tones because darker skin tones have a higher risk of hyperpigmentation.

Remove dead cells and uncover healthy skin with a chemical peel

Learn more by scheduling a consultation today!