What Is Chemical Peel?
A Chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck, chest, back and hands. Chemical peels are used to treat acne, acne scars, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, melasma, irregular skin pigmentation, rough skin and scaly patches, scars, sun-damaged skin
How to prepare for your chemical peel treatment
- Prepare your skin by cleansing twice a day
- Apply sunscreen daily
- Avoid sun exposure
- Use of products containing retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid, as well as scrubs, microdermabrasion and waxing should be avoided for 3 days before and for 1 week after a chemical peel.
What happens during treatment?
Some aspects of the chemical peel procedure differ according to the type of peel being administered. However, all chemical peel procedures follow the same basic protocols. After cleansing the face, or other area to be treated, a peeling agent is applied. Depending on the agent used, it may be washed off or left on the skin. The procedure usually around 20 minutes.
- The doctor cleanses the patient’s skin and, if necessary, applies a topical anesthetic to the treatment area.
- The doctor then applies the chemical peel solution. Solution is formulated according to each patient’s specific needs and goals. As the chemical peel is applied it is common for the patient to feel a tingling or stinging sensation.
- After the skin peel solution has been on the skin for the prescribed amount of time, it is washed off with water. A soothing ointment is then applied; a thick coating of petroleum jelly is often used after deep chemical peels.
- Your Board Certified Dermatologist will then instruct you on the after care of your treatment, and may also prescribe a mild pain reliever for discomfort after the procedure, especially if a deep chemical peel was administered.
- Depending on your skin condition and the strength of the chemical peel, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
What happens after treatment?
- On the face, the peeling process usually begins 1-3 days after the procedure while on the body, peeling may not develop until 5-7 days after the procedure.
- During the peeling process, the skin may appear dry and flaky.
- Hydrating moisturizers and sunscreen must be used regularly for 7 days after the procedure. Use of these products helps achieve better healing and relieves the peeling process.
- You will be able to return to work or other activities immediately after your chemical peel.
- Peels can be repeated in 2-4 weeks. A series of 3-6 treatments may be required depending on your goals and skin condition.
Our practice offers a wide array of chemical peels including:
VI Peel® Glycolic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid) Mandelic acid peel Jessner Peel TCA peel Radiant Peel (This is our signature peel)