Chemical Peel

Will a chemical peel help my skin?
A chemical peel is a treatment used to remove layers of damaged or aged skin cells to reveal softer, younger looking skin and promotes growth of new skin with an improved appearance. They help to improve fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, blotchiness, dryness and acne.

What is the mechanism of skin rejuvenation from a chemical peel?
Chemical peels produce a partial thickness injury to the skin, the depth of which is determined by the chemical agents. Following the trauma to the skin, the wound healing process reorients the new skin connective tissue. Collagen remodeling is the main reason chemical peels . The epidermis heals in a few days giving the skin an improved appearance, more even color, smoother texture and a healthier glow.

How long does it take to have a chemical peel?
About thirty minutes in total, hence it has often been referred to as "the lunch time peel".

How is a Chemical Peel Performed?
In general, peels usually begin with vigorous cleansing of your skin. An acetone swab will be used to remove the natural surface oils of your skin. After your skin has been prepared, Layers of the acid are gently and expertly applied to your skin. A timer is set and when the proper time has passed, the physician neutralizes the acid and removes the product. Your skin is then wiped clean and sunscreen is applied to the skin.

Is a chemical peel painful?
No. There is a mild degree of "tingling" or a slightly itchy sensation while the glycolic acid is in contact with the skin. Upon neutralizing the peel, the skin feels fresh and smooth without discomfort.

What should I do before the chemical peel?
A couple of weeks before your chemical peel procedure, it's helpful to prep your skin by cleansing it two times a day, applying a moisturizer once or twice daily, and applying sunscreen as prescribed.

Can I go out into the sun after having a chemical peel?
You may go outside, but sunscreen must be worn for at least a few days after the peel as your skin will likely be a little more sensitive to sun exposure.

How many chemical peels should I have and how often is it recommended?
Many individuals find that a peel performed every three to four weeks gives optimal results. Glycolic acid peels complement the regular use of other products such as glycolic acid containing preparations that can be used on a regular basis at home. The short term exposure of a higher concentration of glycolic acid on a periodic basis helps maintain skin health and appearance.