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What is Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure that uses a solution of various chemicals that are applied to the skin. Chemical peel solutions cause the top layer of skin to peel off in order to hopefully smooth the surface of the skin and provide other benefits like fading, fine lines and scars. Most chemical peels have a gel-like consistency and are applied to the face, though sometimes peels are used on other parts of the body, such as the neck, hands or chest.

Benefits of Chemical Peel

  • Reduces Acne Marks and Blemishes

  • Softens Fine Lines


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Types of Chemical Peels

Light Chemical Peels

A light chemical peel may be the right choice if you have uneven pigmentation, dryness, acne or fine wrinkling. The solution used is usually comprised of alpha hydroxyl acids such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic or fruit acids, all of which are commonly used in stronger concentrations for deeper peels. Light peels are ideal for those who want the benefits of a facial peel but do not wish to spend the time required to recover from a deeper peel. This type of peel removes only the epidermis through light exfoliation, resulting in a healthier glow. These treatments may be repeated at regular intervals to achieve desired results.


Medium Chemical Peels

Acne scars, deeper wrinkles and uneven skin color can all be treated with a medium chemical peel. The chemicals used will remove cells from both the epidermis and the upper part of the middle layer, the dermis. Agents frequently used for medium depth chemical peeling include trichloroacetic acid (TCA), Jessner’s solution and glycolic acid. Similar to a light chemical peel, medium peels require less downtime than a deeper peel. TCA peels are the preferred choice for patients with darker skin.


Deep Chemical Peels

If you have deep facial wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, scars, areas that appear blotchy or even pre-cancerous growth, deep chemical peels can treat these conditions. A deep chemical peel uses phenol acid to produce dramatic, long-lasting results. The procedure takes longer than other peels, lasting one to two hours, and requires the longest healing time. Phenol acid is typically only used for facial peels. For this peel, you may need a local anesthetic and a sedative to manage any discomfort. Pretreatment to prepare your skin for the peel and speed the healing process, may be necessary for up to eight weeks before the procedure. Pretreatment may include use of a retinoic acid cream or gel. This works to thin the skin’s surface layer, allowing the chemical solution to penetrate more evenly and deeply.


Chemical solution can smooth skin texture and uneven skin tone. There are a large variety of peel solutions which helps to improve melasma, aging spots, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles. Some weaker chemical peel like AHA is great for people on the go who don’t want any downtime.



Yes, it’s completely safe. “Chemical peels work best for people who are experiencing hyper-pigmentation, textured skin, discoloration, and acne scarring. A chemical peel is a chemical exfoliation process that penetrates deeper in the skin in order for the top layers of the skin to start shedding.

Other benefits of receiving a chemical peel include:
  • Improving the skin’s color, clarity, tone and texture.
  • Stimulating new collagen and healthy skin cell growth, resulting in a radiant complexion.
  • Reducing discoloration caused by sun damage.
  • Helping to clear up breakouts.
  • Smoothing away the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s important to note that some people are more sensitive to skin treatments, like chemical peels, and may require time to heal. A chemical peel treatment is designed to shed dead skin cells, so your skin will peel over a few days, or a week; however, the results are worth it!

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