Chemical Peels

Ever wish that you could start over with your skin with a fresh new look? You can! Chemical peels are a cosmetic dermatology treatment that improve skin’s appearance by helping new skin grow and come to the surface.

What is a Chemical Peel?
During a chemical peel, your Radiant Complexions skin care expert will use a chemical solution to improve and to smooth the texture of the skin by removing outer layers of the skin that are damaged by age, sun and environmental factors. The process is helpful in treating individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. In many cases, peels may also be used to control acne, to treat pre-cancerous lesions, and to soften facial scarring.
How Does a Chemical Peel Improve Skin?
Chemical peels are used to help improve the appearance of pigment changes in the skin, sun damage, acne scars or to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. They are most often done on the face, however are occasionally done on other parts of the body such as the neck or hands. Chemical peels are often used to reduce the appearance of mild scars, treat age spots, freckles and dark patches of skin and to treat certain types of acne. Peels can also reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth and improve the look and feel of your skin.
What Happens During a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are done right in our Radiant Complexions Dermatology clinic offices as an outpatient procedure. You can go home immediately following treatment and resume your normal activities. During the peel, your skin care expert will clean your skin and then apply a chemical solution to small areas of your skin. This creates a controlled wound, which lets new skin take place.
Does a Chemical Peel Hurt?
Patients may feel a slight burning or stinging sensation during a chemical peel, which is over within a few minutes. This varies from a mild degree of "tingling" to a "warm" feeling, similar to a sunburn. At Radiant Complexions Dermatology Clinics, we use a small fan to make you feel more comfortable and a cool compress can also alleviate stinging.
You may also experience some redness and peeling skin post treatment. This makes some individuals uncomfortable going out in public for a few days after a chemical peel. If this might be a concern for you, consider scheduling your chemical peel close to a weekend or another time where you can stay home and rest for a few days and allow your skin to heal.

How Do I Need to Care for My Skin After a Chemical Peel?
After your chemical peel, your new skin will also be especially be sensitive and tender for a few days to a few weeks depending on the type of peel. Follow your Radiant Complexion Dermatology expert’s instructions to care for your skin post-peel, including moisturizing your skin daily. Avoid sun exposure during the early healing period and be sure to wear sunscreen daily. Your new skin will be extra sensitive to the sun and will be more susceptible to burning, sun damage and discoloration following your chemical peel. Depending on your skin’s condition, your Radiant Complexions Dermatology expert may recommend additional follow-up treatments to maximize results.
Want more information on how a chemical peel might make a difference for your skin? Call your local Radiant Complexions Dermatology Clinic today to schedule a cosmetic consultation to learn more!