Chemical Peels

Sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, some types of acne, sagging, scarring, dark spots and more can be treated with a chemical peel.

There are different levels of chemical peels, so it’s important to work with a dermatologist to determine the proper level of treatment for the desired outcome.

Think a chemical peel might be right for you? Make an appointment at the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale today (480) 596-1110.

What is a Chemical Peel?

Depending on the level of chemical peel, a specific type of acidic formula is applied to the face, neck, chest, arms or hands to remove the existing layer of skin to treat one or more of the following:

  • sun damage
  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • acne
  • scarring
  • dark spots
  • sagging skin
  • rough patches
  • flakiness

After a few days or up to several weeks, the old layers of skin will peel away and be replaced by new, healthier cells to reveal a fresh complexion.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

There are different levels of chemical peels, but are all start with an acidic solution to create a controlled exfoliation of the outer layer of skin. Once the wound heals, a new layer of skin is revealed.

There are three types of chemical peels:

  • Superficial peels are the mildest, and they can be applied to most skin types.
  • Medium peels are a deeper type of chemical peel that remove imperfections in the outer layers and some middle layers of the skin.
  • Deep peels penetrate several layers of skin and are the most intense level of chemical peel available.

Not all peel types are appropriate for all skin types or conditions. It’s important to seek the assistance of a medically-trained dermatology professional to help determine which type of chemical peel is right for you.

Risks of Chemical Peels

Superficial peels have gained the nickname “lunchtime peels” because they require a few days or less of recovery time, medium and deep chemical peels create a controlled second-degree burn on the skin and require more extensive recovery periods of about 10-14 days or more.

Risks include skin discoloration in women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills and possible scarring.

While recovering from a chemical peel of any level, remember to avoid sun exposure. The skin is extremely sensitive to the sun’s rays at this time and needs to be protected from damage. Apply any creams and sunscreens recommended by your dermatologist and avoid sun exposure for weeks after treatment.

Effects of Chemical Peels

The results of a chemical peel depend on the level of treatment and can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scars, acne scars, sagging skin, age spots and sun damage, improving the overall texture of the skin.

Once the area has healed, skin will look and feel noticeably softer and refreshed.

Interested in finding out what a chemical peel can do for you? Make an appointment at the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale today (480) 596-1110.