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Chemical Peels

Chemical peel treatments use a chemical solution to remove layers of skin, revealing the more youthful beneath. The rejuvenated, smoother skin lasts up to six months before you might need another session.
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Chemical peels are a great way to improve your skin's appearance. The new, smoother, and less wrinkled than the old kind will make you look years younger!
Some people are more sensitive than others and need to be careful about the acid treatment they choose. However, an excellent range of options is available for anyone who wonders what type would suit them best!

Chemical Peels and How they Work

Chemical peels are used to treat a wide variety of skin issues. There are, of course, many different options but the right one will make a nice change in the overall look of your skin. The reasons that people look into chemical peels are:
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Acne
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Wrinkles

What to Know About Different Types of Chemical Peels

Your dermatologist will ask you some questions to determine what your desired outcome would be to come up with a solution that would work best for you and your skin type. This can be oily, dry, pigmentation, wrinkle issues, acne, and more. From there they will offer some suggestions and go over the pros and cons of each option. Let’s take a look at the different types of chemical peels there are on the market.

Light Chemical Peel

This is a chemical peel that is typically used to remove the very top layer of skin. This layer is called the epidermis. This is a very superficial peel but is great for things such as:
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Dry skin
  • Acne

Medium Chemical Peel

The medium chemical peel is used when trying to reach the dermis layer of the skin which is located below the epidermis. This type of chemical peel is used for:
  • Acne scars
  • Uneven skin tones
  • Wrinkles
You may need to get several treatments to achieve the look that you want.

Deep Chemical Peel

This chemical peel uses very strong agents to remove the epidermis and the middle and upper layer of the dermis. Many times a local anesthetic is used for this sort of procedure. This will help with the pain and discomfort. However, the good news is, this peel could have results that last up to 10 years. No need for repeated treatments. This chemical peel is best suited for:
  • Deeper wrinkles
  • Deeper scars
  • Precancerous skin patches

The Benefits of a Chemical Peel


Most of the time acne is treated with oral medication or topical products but chemical peels also help. Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition. Some reasons why chemical peels are perfect for those with acne-prone skin are:
  • Increase in absorption of topical treatments
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Kills bacteria
  • Decrease in oil production
  • Break down of comedones (plugged hair follicles)

Acne Scars

As acne heals it creates collagen fibers that create hypertrophic scars in an attempt to repair the lesions on the inflamed skin. These scars can create depressions in the skin which are bumpy, raised, and atrophic scars. For acne scars, medium chemical peels are typically recommended to get the best results.


Rosacea is redness in the skin due to inflammation. It can appear as red bumps, swelling and also can cause acne breakouts which are called acne rosacea. In this case, a mild or medium-level chemical peel would be best.

Aging Skin

Chemical peels are a great way to help reduce the signs of aging. Things such as these can benefit from chemical peels:

  • Liver spots
  • Dryness
  • Roughness
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Age spots
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
Collagen and elastin are triggered when the skin grows back. This leaves the skin’s appearance strong, supple, and less wrinkled. Chemical peels will not help with sagging skin or deep wrinkles. This is why it is important to keep up with your skincare routine.


  • Discoloration due to sun damage
  • Scars due to injury
  • Surgical scars
  • Freckles
  • Melasma
  • Uneven skin tone


About Chemical Peels

What to Expect During the Procedure?

This is an outpatient procedure that will cause a bit of a burning sensation that will last five to ten minutes which will be followed up by a stinging sensation. Before the peel, you should clean your skin thoroughly. The different types of peels are applied to small areas of the skin which will cause a controlled wound that lets new skin take its place.

Possible Complications?

Some skin types will have discoloration after a chemical peel. If you are one of those that has a color change in your face during pregnancy or while taking birth control pills then you might be more likely. There is a very low risk of scarring, however, if you have skin that scars easily this might not be the right treatment for you. If you are someone that gets cold sores then you want to inform the esthetician or doctor to ensure you get a prescription to help with that.

Before You Get a Chemical Peel

Some things you should discuss with your doctor or esthetician before getting a chemical peel are things such as your history of scarring. Also, if you have reoccurring cold sores that keep returning, some prescriptions may be offered before the procedure. This gives you a better outcome. These are antibiotics, antivirals, Retin-A, glycolic acid, or Renova. The depth of the chemical peel will need to be discussed between you and your doctor.

What to Expect After a Chemical Peel?

For mild peels, the end results feel and look like a bad sunburn where there will be pealing and redness over the next 7 days. Mild peels are typically repeated to give you the final look you are after. The medium depth and deep peels will often result in swelling and blisters as you might get from a really bad sunburn. You might see these blisters break and crust over with a brown-colored crust and peel off over time. Do not force them to peel but let them peel on their own to prevent scaring of any kind. This will take 7-14 days and usually is repeated every 6 months to a year. After treatment, you might need bandages on the skin for several days to prevent infections. You should avoid the sun or winter breeze as your new skin will be fragile.

Good Candidates for Chemical Peels?

Typically those with fair skin and light hair are good candidates for chemical peels as the skin will react best. However, there are treatment options for those that have a darker complexion but it may leave you with a bit of uneven completion.

This is a minor trade-off in some cases.
Severe skin wrinkles, sags, and bulges do not respond well to chemical peels. These types of skin situations will need a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift laser resurfacing, or soft tissue filler such as college or fat.

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