Chemical Peels

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels remove the dead skin cells on the surface that lead to a dull complexion. This stimulates new skin cells to come to the surface which can make your skin appear healthier and younger. Chemical peels can help correct sun damage, flatten mild scarring, remove superficial wrinkles, improve acne, and improve discoloration.

What is it like to get a chemical peel?

You may be instructed to prep your skin prior to a peel by using Retin-A or a bleaching cream. This will help you achieve your best results from the peel. Your appointment time may last 15-30 minutes. First you thoroughly wash your skin of dirt and makeup. Then the peel solution is evenly applied to your skin as a fan is blown on your face to minimize the sensation of tingling or warmth. When it is time to 'stop' your peel, a cool water solution is applied to your skin, and you finish by washing your face thoroughly. Lastly, we apply an emollient moisturizer and sunscreen. By the time you leave our office your skin may look a little pink.

What can I expect after the peel?

Your skin may be pink for a day or two. There’s usually little visible flaking, although it may feel dry and sensitive for a few days, similar to a sunburn. It's a good idea to wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun as your skin is healing.

How often do I need to get a chemical peel done?

This depends on your skin and what we’re treating. Acne patients may do a chemical peel every month. If you are looking to treat sun damage, wrinkles, and sun spots, you may want to do a peel a few times per year, in conjunction with your regular anti-aging skin care regimen at home.