What’s the appeal of chemical peels? Well, if you suffer from unwanted and stubborn acne, or have visible signs of aging that you can’t shake, you should consider consulting your dermatologist for a chemical peel.

Our team from the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, will provide you with the ins and outs of our chemical peel procedure. Continue reading below for more reasons to get a chemical peel and other pertinent information to consider.

WHAT ARE CHEMICAL PEELS?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of the skin on your face, neck or hands. It is essentially a skin-resurfacing procedure that removes the top layer of your skin to regenerate a smoother and more youthful appearance – who wouldn’t want that?

HOW DO CHEMICAL PEELS WORK?

A chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes it to exfoliate and then peel off. The new skin is softer and more rejuvenated compared to your old skin. The procedure is expected to range from 30 to 90 minutes.

Chemical peels work at varying depths, depending on the desired result, from:

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Of course, chemical peels come with a variety of benefits for you. Depending on your skincare aspirations, our team at the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, will make sure you are getting the best treatment for your skin goals.

Several benefits from chemical peels include:

WHAT DO CHEMICAL PEELS TREAT?

Chemical peels treat many skin problems from wrinkles, skin discoloration to scars and more.

Peels are also used to treat:

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AM I A CANDIDATE FOR CHEMICAL PEELS?

To know if you’re a good fit for receiving a chemical peel, your dermatology office will do the following:

Who Is Not A Good Candidate For Chemical Peels

You may not be the right candidate for receiving a chemical peel treatment if you possess the following:

BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER TREATMENT

Before The Procedure

Before the procedure takes place, you must schedule a consultation with your dermatology office. A thorough evaluation is imperative before receiving a chemical peel. Here, your dermatology office will go over the specifics of your procedure and will ensure it’s personal to you, your skin, specific needs and goals to be met.

You should discontinue the use of topical retinoids before the procedure due to the potential for an adverse reaction. Typically, a chemical peel is performed in a dermatology office. Before the process, your provider will clean your face and may cover your eyes and hair.

Light Chemical Peel Procedure

During a light chemical peel, your dermatology office will use a brush, cotton ball, gauze or sponge to apply a chemical solution. From there, your skin will begin to whiten, and you may feel mild stinging while the solution is on your skin. Then a neutralizer will be applied to remove the solution.

Medium Chemical Peel Procedure

For a medium chemical peel, your dermatology office will use a brush, cotton ball, or gauze to apply a chemical solution. The use of glycolic acid may also be applied. From there, your skin will start to whiten. After a few minutes, your dermatology office will apply a cold compress to soothe the treated area. You may experience a stinging and burning sensation for up to 20-minutes.

Deep Chemical Peel Procedure (not performed by the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC due to the risk involved)

When you receive a deep chemical peel, you are sedated. Your dermatologist will use a cotton-tipped applicator to rub phenol on your skin, and this will turn your skin white. The procedure is performed in 15-minute portions to limit skin exposure to the acid.

After The Procedure

Following your procedure, you can expect a minimum of waiting one month before your next peel. Recovery time differs depending on the type of chemical peel being used during treatment. It’s important to follow your dermatologist’s directions for cleansing, moisturizing and applying topical products. Your provider will go over the recovery process in-depth with you during your appointment.

The frequency and number of peels you receive depend on multiple factors, which you and your doctor will determine. Additionally, practicing safe sun habits will prolong your results and the health of your skin.

DOWNTIME FOR CHEMICAL PEELS

Recovery and downtime vary depending on which peel is applied to your skin. All peels do require follow-up care, see below:

Important note – Sun exposure and smoking after a chemical peel needs to be avoided. They can cause unwanted and prolonged side effects, including infection and scarring. 

ARE CHEMICAL PEELS SAFE?

When conducted by a dermatology office, chemical peels are exceptionally safe. It’s essential to follow your provider’s instructions carefully to get the most out of your procedure and avoid additional side effects.

A chemical peel can cause a handful of side effects and risks, including:

Contact your dermatologist if you experience side effects and they worsen. At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, we are here for you every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to call us with additional questions, comments or concerns.

CHEMICAL PEELS AT THE DERMATOLOGY CENTER FOR SKIN HEALTH, PLLC

We perform many minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, including:

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