What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that are used to rejuvenate the skin on the face, hands, neck, and back. During the procedure, a special chemical solution is applied to the area being treated. This causes the skin to exfoliate and peel off over time, exposing new, smoother skin underneath.
Chemical peels can be used to address a number of issues, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles.
- Sun damage.
- Acne scarring.
- Uneven skin tone.
Those who are fair-skinned and light-haired tend to be better chemical peel candidates, as those with darker skin tones are more likely to develop an uneven skin tone. However, the best way to determine your candidacy is to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Erwin so she can assess your skin.
Chemical Peel Treatment
It is important that you follow a few steps to get ready for your chemical peel. These steps include:
- Avoiding using any form of retinol or Retin-A topical medication for 48 hours.
- Cannot have been on Accutane for at least six months.
- Inform your dermatologist about any medications that you take.
There are different levels of chemical peels that are available, depending on the degree of change desired. These include:
These peels use mild acids such as alpha-hydroxy acid to exfoliate the outermost skin gently. During treatment, the skin will start to whiten, and there may be a slight stinging sensation. Once complete, the chemical solution will be removed.
These peels use trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to read the outer and middle layers of skin. The skin will whiten during treatment and a feeling of stinging or burning often occurs.
Deep peels use phenol or trichloroacetic acid to fully penetrate into the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. Patients are often sedated during deep peels and may require a series of peels, as the procedure is usually done in 15-minute portions.
Chemical Peel FAQs
How long does chemical peel last?
The length a chemical peel lasts depends mostly on the strength of the peel: the deeper (stronger) the peel, the longer it lasts, up to a lifetime of results for concerns like scarring or sun damage. In our office we offer mid-depth peels. We recommend a chemical peel every 3 months or so to keep up with the results!
Which chemical peel is best?
The best chemical peel for you depends on the issue being addressed and your skin condition. Light peels are the most common, but some people require deeper peels for more significant results.
What is a chemical peel and what does it do?
A chemical peel is a specific formulation of acids to remove a predetermined number of layers of skin. They are used to correct specific conditions and restore a smooth, healthy glow to skin.
Can you see results after 1 peel?
In some cases, yes, only one treatment session is required to see good results. Some people choose to have light peels done on a regular basis to maintain their results long-term. We always recommend a series of 3 treatments for optimum results.
Will a chemical peel remove dark spots?
Yes, some of the conditions chemical peels can resolve are hyperpigmentation and sun damage.
Are chemical peels worth it?
Yes! Chemical peels often yield good results in creating an even skin tone and correcting conditions like sun damage, fine lines, acne scars, and unwanted texture.
How often should I get a chemical peel?
Since we offer mid-depth peels, you can get them 4-6 weeks apart. It isnt always necessary to do them that close together, but you can if you would like.
Can I do chemical peel at home?
No, the professional-grade acids used in Dr. Erwins chemical peels should only be handled by skincare professionals with the knowledge of how they affect the skin and interact with the other ingredients. On the other hand, safe, commercial peels may prove ineffective compared to the demonstrable results of a professional chemical peel.
Which is better chemical peel or microdermabrasion?
Chemical peels achieve a different result than microdermabrasion, but both can be helpful for various skin types and concerns. Chemical peels are generally better for issues that arise beneath the surface of skin. Microdermabrasion can help with superficial concerns and has nearly instantaneous results.
What can you not do after a chemical peel?
You should avoid unprotected sun exposure following a chemical peel of any depth for a certain amount of time; the deeper the peel, the longer you should avoid it. Other than that, Dr. Erwin and her staff will let you know what you should or shouldnt do after a chemical peel.
Is a chemical peel safe?
Yes, when prepared and applied by professionals like Dr. Erwins staff, chemical peels are safe ways of turning over skin cells and achieving a more even skin tone.
How long does a chemical peel burn take to heal?
Most of the time the skin will be totally healed in 7 days. Some people can take up to 10 days. You will be sensitive to the sun for about 2 weeks after a chemical peel, so make sure you are wearing SPF at all times after a chemical peel!
Which is better IPL or chemical peel?
Both treatments have their benefits, one isnt better than the other. It all depends on what you are trying to treat.
Does skin peel remove pigmentation?
Certain chemical peels that we offer help with hyperpigmentation.
Are chemical peels good for acne scars?
We recommend alternating between chemical peels and skin pen/microneedling treatments to help tackle those acne scars.
Does everyone peel after a chemical peel?
Not everyone has superficial peeling. The chemical peels we offer are mid-depth, meaning they work deeper than the superficial layer of the skin. That being said, not everyone has superficial peeling, but everyones skin is different and some people do! Some people have a lot and some people have minimal peeling.
Can you shower after a chemical peel?
You should wait 24-48 hours after a chemical peel before you shower.
Chemical Peel Recovery
Following a chemical peel, recovery will vary depending on the level of peel. For light chemical peels, most patients can see results after 4-7 days. For medium peels, the skin will recover after 5-7 days, though redness may stick around for a few months. The skill will swell and form crusts that will fall off to reveal new skin. For deep chemical peels, severe swelling and redness will occur. It usually takes two weeks for new skin to develop, and redness may last for several months. Chemical peel patients should avoid the sun for several months after, as the skin will be sensitive. Dr. Erwin will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your skin following a peel for the best results.
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels for a more refreshed look, contact our office today by calling (979) 612-2761 or completing the online form! We will be happy to assist you in scheduling your initial appointment with Dr. Erwin.