Chemical Peel


Chemical peel is a simple, proven skin renewal treatment that uses a chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of your skin. Chemical peels can help minimize fine lines, remove scarring and blemishes, including pre-cancerous growths, and even help with uneven pigmentation such as age spots, sunspots and freckles. They work great to treat dark spots left behind by acne and even current acne breakouts. Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands

After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.

Skin sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may need other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures.

Some skin types are more likely to develop a temporary or permanent color change in the skin after a chemical peel. There is a low risk of scarring in certain areas of the face. Some people may be more likely to scar. If scarring does happen, it can usually be treated with good results. For people with a history of herpes outbreaks, there is a small risk of reactivating cold sores. Your doctor can prescribe medication to prevent or treat that.