Chemical peels are treatments that rely on certain types of skin-safe acids to remove damaged cells. Skin damage appears as blemishes, acne, brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and other abnormalities. The acids that are used for the treatments can also be found in many consumer-level skin care products, but at lower and less effective concentrations.
Our selection of chemical peels means that we can treat almost every skin type and condition. Chemical peels are not recommended for women who are breastfeeding or pregnant. If you have an active skin infection or other medical issue that affects your skin, Dr. Baker may recommend that you manage the medical concern prior to having a chemical peel.
For all of our chemical peels, the general process is the same. We clean your skin and apply a chemical solution that remains in place for a certain amount of time. After that time passes, we use a neutralizing solution to stop the peel process and clean the skin.
A chemical peel for acne scars may need to be repeated until the scar tissue blends well with the surrounding skin.
Recovery after a chemical peel varies based on the depth of the peel. Light peels, such as our Get the Glow Lunchtime Peel, requires no downtime. Moderate and deep peels do require some downtime, and you may have some swelling, scabbing, flaking, and other post-treatment symptoms. Chemical peels, including the TCA peel, done by a doctor is the best way to minimize the post-treatment discomfort.
How Often Do I Need Chemical Peels?
Light peels can be repeated every month to exfoliate your skin. Medium peels should not be performed more than every six months. Deep peels are only performed once on a patient and not repeated.