How Often Should I Get a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel treatment is a procedure that involves the application of a chemical to the face, neck or hands. A predefined chemical solution is applied to the area to be treated with the goal of diminishing imperfections by peeling away the skin’s top layers. It also stimulates the production of new collagen for a smoother more even complexion.
Chemical peels can be used to treat:
- Uneven Pigmentation
- Mild Scarring
- Fine Wrinkling
- Dry Skin
- Skin Texture
- Sun-Damaged Skin
- Age Spots
- Dark Patches
There are three main types of chemical peels; light, medium and deep, categorized by the differing levels of “peeling” and utilizing varying amounts of chemicals for the desired results.
A light chemical peel is most commonly performed and is the mildest of the peel formulas that uses Alpha hydroxy acids. You may experience a slight tingling or warming sensation of the skin. AHA may be applied weekly or at longer intervals to achieve the desired results.
A medium chemical peel is performed using a trichloroacetic acid. Medium deep peeling can sting mildly with much warmer sensations on the skin. Because of deeper penetration, it can remove larger wrinkles and precancerous skin lesions; however, this peel can also make the skin temporarily look like a sunburn.
Deep chemical peels, using Phenol acid, are rarely performed. The application is very painful and is done under a general anesthesia.
Severe wrinkles may not respond well to chemical peel treatment. They may require other kinds of procedures, such as laser treatments or Botox.
Chemical peels are performed in our Bethesda office. Immediately after a chemical peel treatment, the surface of the skin will appear whitish and you may experience a warm to hot sensation followed by a stinging sensation. Cool compresses can be applied to help alleviate any discomfort. In the following days, the skin will feel tight and dry. After 4 to 6 days, the tight skin will begin to peel. After about 7–10 days, the skin should appear normal again.
With just a single chemical peel treatment, patients will notice brighter, younger and more rejuvenated skin. With consistent use, chemical peels can help people keep away wrinkles and fine lines, all while enjoying youthful, flawless-looking skin.
How often you should get a chemical peel largely depends on the strength of the peel you use to treat your skin issue. Dr. Perman will help you determine the right peel frequency based on your personalized needs. In general, we recommend that patients get a medium-strength chemical peel every 3 to 6 months to maintain beautiful, glowing skin.