Goodbye, Dead Skin Cells

This non-invasive procedure applies a chemical solution to your skin, exfoliating the outermost layers. By removing damaged or dead skin cells, chemical peels can even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and improve skin texture.

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What Are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are a cosmetic dermatology treatment that involves applying a medical-grade chemical solution to the skin, which makes the top layer peel off, revealing the smoother, younger-looking skin beneath. Chemical peels can treat many skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, acne, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone. They are available in a range of strengths and formulations, making them a versatile treatment option for various skin concerns. 

Types of Chemical Peels


Superficial chemical peels are the mildest type and are typically used to treat minor skin imperfections like fine lines, acne, and uneven skin tone. They only penetrate the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) and are usually made with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). Superficial peels require minimal downtime and can be repeated every few weeks.


Medium chemical peels penetrate deeper into the skin than superficial peels and treat more severe skin issues like wrinkles, acne scars, and sun damage. They are typically made with trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and require a longer recovery than superficial peels. Medium peels can be repeated every few months.


Deep chemical peels have the greatest level of intensity and can only be performed by a trained dermatologist. They penetrate the deepest layers of the skin and are used to treat severe skin damage like deep wrinkles, scars, and precancerous growths. They are typically made with phenol and require a longer recovery than superficial and medium peels. Deep peels are usually only performed once.

How to Prepare

  • Avoid sun exposure for at least a week before the procedure – sunburned or tanned skin can be more sensitive to the chemicals used in the peel
  • Stop using retinol products or other exfoliating agents for a few days before the procedure – these products can make the skin more sensitive and increase the risk of irritation or complications
  • Inform the medical provider of any medications or supplements that you are taking – some medicines can increase your risk of complications or interfere with the healing process
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet in the days leading up to the procedure – proper hydration and nutrition can help the skin heal more quickly and reduce the risk of complications
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Chemical Peel Treatment: What to Expect

Your skin will first be cleansed and prepped. The chemical solution is then applied to the skin, and you may feel a slight burning or stinging sensation. This is normal and should only last a few minutes. The treatment length and the chemical solution's strength will depend on your skin type and the specific concerns you are trying to address. After the solution is applied, it is left on the skin for a specific amount of time, depending on the type of peel being performed. 

After Your Treatment

After undergoing a chemical peel, it is essential to follow the proper aftercare instructions to minimize the risk of complications and ensure optimal results. It is common to experience redness, swelling, and peeling of the skin for several days following the procedure. You must avoid picking or scratching at the treated area, which can lead to scarring or infection.

Avoid direct sunlight and wear protective clothing and sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 for at least two weeks following the procedure. Our providers also recommend avoiding any strenuous physical activity that may cause sweating or overheating for the first few days after the peel. Gentle, non-irritating cleansers and moisturizers will help soothe and hydrate the skin.

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Why Choose Skin Care Doctors?

Chemical peels help patients achieve a more youthful and radiant complexion while treating a variety of skin concerns. If you are considering a chemical peel, consulting with a qualified medical provider can determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs. Our providers at Skin Care Doctors are board-certified and trained in the safest and most effective techniques for skin rejuvenation. In our care, you can trust that your skin will receive gentle treatment and outstanding results. Contact our office today to find out if a chemical peel can address your skin concerns.

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