Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back is smoother, more healthy and radiant. Chemical peels are used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, uneven skin tone, acne/acne scars or other scarring, large pores. They can be done at different depths, from light to deep. Light to medium makes may require more than one procedure to achieve desired results. Deeper chemical peels offer more dramatic results but take longer to recover.

What does a chemical peel procedure involve?

  • Avoid sun exposure in the days and weeks before and after treatment.
  • A topical anesthetic may be applied to the area but is not usually necessary
  • A chemical peel solution is applied to the skin. Several applications may be necessary to achieve desired results
  • Mild burning sensation is common during and after the procedure.

What are the side effects to chemical peels?

Side effects are minor and include:

  • Mild sunburn sensation that may last a few days after the treatment.
  • Darkening or lightening of skin color.  This can be more common in people with darker skin.