What Is Chemical Peel?

Now more than ever, men and women alike are enjoying the benefits of making Chemical Peels and Facials the new staples of their skin care routines. Chemical Peels are effective treatments to reduce fine lines, fade away mild scars and certain types of acne; correct skin discoloration and imperfections; and refresh skin texture and color in areas such as your face, neck, chest, hands, arms or legs.

During a Chemical Peel, a chemical solution is applied, which causes the top layers of skin to shed painlessly. Peeling agents include: glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol).

Depending on the depth of the peel (superficial, medium or deep), the newly- revealed skin appears smoother, less wrinkled, and more even in tone.

Dermatologists may enhance the results of a Chemical Peel with laser or light-based techniques. They can also combine the peel with another procedure, such as dermal (soft tissue) fillers or botulinum injections.

Typically, a Chemical Peel treatment is administered in your dermatologist’s office. During a Chemical Peel, most patients feel warmth or heat that may last about five to 10 minutes. A deeper peel can be more uncomfortable, and you may require a numbing medicine during the procedure and pain medication afterwards. You also may require more than one treatment to achieve desired results.