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Have you thought about getting a chemical peel to address a certain skin issue? Whether it’s age spots, wrinkles and fine lines, uneven skin tone, melasma, or troublesome acne, a chemical peel may help.
Learn more about this type of cosmetic treatment, including the benefits of chemical peels, how they work, the various skin concerns they can help treat, and the type of chemical peels we offer at Brentwood Dermatology.
what is a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are a skin resurfacing cosmetic procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes the outermost dermal layer to blister and peel off. This process deeply exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin, revealing a softer, smoother, and more youthful appearance.
Chemical peels are available in 3 strengths: light, medium, and deep. This describes how deep a chemical peel penetrates the layers of the skin.
Dealing with a troublesome skin condition? There are several that chemical peels can help address, such as:
- Recurring acne and acne scars
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Fine lines and mild wrinkles
- Mild forms of hyperpigmentation (melasma, sunspots, freckles)
- Dull, dreary skin
- Minor scarring
To learn more about whether or not a chemical peel can help address a specific skin issue you may have, please get in touch with our dermatologists.
In some cases, chemical peels may cause a slight burning or stinging sensation during and after the procedure. However, we try to alleviate any discomfort by using cool compresses to soothe the skin. For deeper chemical peels, we may administer pain medication before and after the procedure to minimize pain.
Aside from glowing, rejuvenated skin that is softer and smoother? Chemical peels side effects may include redness, swelling, changes in skin tone, hypersensitivity, more prone to sunburn (photosensitive), skin cracking, tightness, and peeling.
Following a chemical peel, the skin should stop peeling and begin to feel normal again after about 3-7 days. Chemical peels work slowly, and most patients need three to six peels at monthly intervals for optimal results. Furthermore, it’s important to know that results are not permanent and will fade as the skin naturally ages.
The most common long-term effects of a chemical peel include:
- Improvement of the skin’s color, clarity, tone and texture.
- Stimulation of collagen production for a more radiant complexion.
- Reducing the look of scars.
- Improving the appearance of uneven pigmentation, such as melasma.
- Smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
- Improving the effectiveness of additional skincare products, such as retinoids and serums.
To discover the long-term benefits of receiving a chemical peel for yourself, book a treatment with our experienced dermatologist today at Brentwood Dermatology.
In most cases, yes, multiple sessions are needed to achieve optimal results. Especially if addressing particularly severe skin concerns, such as melasma or acne scars.
This depends on your unique skin goals. If your goal is to simply achieve a brighter complexion, smoother texture and more even skin tone, then microdermabrasion will get the job done.
However, the main benefit to choosing a chemical peel over microdermabrasion is that chemical peels go deeper into the epidermis to help with abdominal pigmentation, scarring, wrinkles, and age spots.
At Brentwood Dermatology, our providers offer 5 different chemical peels:
- Tretinoin Peel
- ZO 3-Step Peel
- Melanage Peel
- Salicylic Acid Peel
- TCA Peel
If you’re interested in learning more about the chemical peels we offer and which would be best for your specific skin goals, please get in touch with our office today!