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Chemical Peel FAQ

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels utilize a variety of acid solutions as peeling agents to produce a controlled injury to the skin that promotes new skin growth and an improved appearance. Common ingredients include glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid, and resorcinol.

Why should I choose a chemical peel?

Chemical peels treat a wide variety of common skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, photodamage (discoloration from the sun), scarring, freckles, age spots, and melasma. There are a number of different types of peels that can be selected to treat your specific needs.

Does it hurt?

With many chemical peels, patients report little to no discomfort. However, there are many different types of peels and some can create an uncomfortable sensation on the skin during treatment and after treatment. Your provider will walk you through what to expect during your consultation and procedure.

What kind of downtime should I expect?

Each peel is different. Many patients will experience some redness and flaking of the skin following a chemical peel but many do not. Further downtime depends on many factors like the patient’s tolerance to the peel, skin concern, and the formulation of the peel. During your consultation, your provider will discuss the different chemical peel options and the common side effects following those treatments.

How many treatments will I need?

Some peels are used as a part of a regular skin care regimen. Others are utilized in a more condition specific manor. We recommend that you schedule a consultation with one of our expert providers to determine what type of chemical peel treatment is right for you.

When will I see results?

Most patients report that they begin to see results with in the first few days of treatment, with the most noticeable results after about two weeks. It’s important to remember that each peel is different, individual treatment plans are different, and individual results may be different.

Do I need to do anything at home after my chemical peel?

At the very least, we recommend that you apply a good broad spectrum sunscreen daily to avoid any further damage to the skin. At the Centre for Pure Skin, we offer a variety of hand selected, clinically tested, physician dispensed skin care products. Your provider may make recommendations for at home care that will help you to maintain or even improve your results.