Chemical Peels

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After an assessment of your skin, Dr. Zoe will recommend which peel is best for your skin type and desired results. There are various ingredients that can be used in chemical peels resulting in differing depths of peel and a spectrum of results.  Typically, medium-depth peels offer a very effective way to remove the signs of aging and sun damage from the skin without extensive downtime for recovery. The deeper a chemical peel penetrates the skin, the longer the recovery time will be, and the more you become at risk of experiencing potential side effects. The primary benefits of a medium depth peel are:
  • Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve overall complexion of the face
  • Reduce acne scarring and assist with healing active acne breakouts
  • Reduce the appearance of large pores
  • Lighten areas of discoloration
  • Assist with treatment of melasma
  • Restores skin to a more healthy, youthful glow
The treatment is well tolerated and takes less than 30 minutes. Dr. Zoe will thoroughly cleanse your skin before the chemical peel is applied. Generally, 2-5 coats are applied for best results, followed by a moisturizing cream. You can go about your day following the treatment (with sun protection). You can expect to have dry, tight skin with some redness for 1-2 days following the treatment. Often, you will see areas of the skin turn darker prior to peeling, which will occur approximately day 3-7. When the old damaged skin has peeled away, you will be left with more refreshed and glowing skin. Sun protection is extremely important following a chemical peel for at least 2-3 weeks. If necessary, some medium depth peels can be repeated every 4 weeks until desired results are achieved. Often, only one treatment is required. You may not be a candidate for a chemical peel if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Active cold sores or sunburn
  • Lupus
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Pregnancy/Breastfeeding
  • Chronic skin disorders and dermatitis conditions

There are not a significant number of serious side effects associated with chemical peels. Some of the more minor side effects can include:

  • Prolonged healing, permanent discoloration and infection are all possible if peeling skin is removed prematurely (by pulling and picking)
  • Cold sores may appear if you are already susceptible to them
  • Temporary swelling of the treated area
  • Mild redness during healing
  • Itching, especially with deeper chemical peels

Just have a treatment? See Post Chemical Peel Care Information.