What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels use a chemical solution that is applied to the surface of the skin to promote peeling. The outer, damaged layers peel away to reveal new skin underneath. Common concerns that can be improved by a chemical peel include:
- Lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- Rough texture
- Sun damage
- Acne spots
- Dull complexion
At Seattle Skin & Laser we offer chemical peels by SkinMedica®
- Illuminize Peel® – Lightly exfoliates the skin for a more vibrant, glowing complexion with minimal downtime.
- Rejuvenize Peel™ – Exfoliates the skin for an improved texture that softens the appearance of fine lines and pigmentation
- Vitalize Peel® – Lightly exfoliates the skin for a smoother, more uniform texture of the skin on all skin types.
Each peel provides different levels of exfoliation for increasing brightness, fading pigmentation or addressing fine lines and wrinkles There are different strengths of peels available depending on your skin concerns and how severe they are.
What to Expect During Treatment
During treatment with a chemical peel, the skin will first be prepped with a cleanser. The appropriate chemical solution is then applied to the skin, targeting small areas at a time. The degree of discomfort that you feel will depend on the strength of your peel, but you can expect to feel some stinging and burning during treatment. This can be managed with a cold compress or pain medication.
Results and Recovery
After treatment with a chemical peel, patients usually need some time to let their skin heal. For a mild peel, this is usually only a few days. For medium peels, patients typically need one to two weeks. For a deep peel, healing time can range from two to three weeks. While the skin is healing it may appear red, similar to a sunburn. In the days that follow a chemical peel treatment, the skin may scale, crust, and then naturally peel away to reveal new skin. Once the skin has healed, patients notice a brighter, more even skin tone and texture.