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Chemical peels are skin resurfacing procedures that improve your skin’s overall improvement by peeling off or exfoliating the uppermost layers. The effectiveness of the treatment and the results depends on various factors, including the type of chemical peels. You must choose the ideal chemical peels for your specific skin type, skin color, and skin concerns.

Dr. Christopher C. Chang’s medical center in Washington DC carries the most effective chemical peel treatments and solutions for all skin types and skin concerns. Our aestheticians and skincare providers recommend the ideal chemical peels based on a thorough analysis of your skin type. Please schedule an appointment for your chemical peels in Washington DC & Maryland today.

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels are specifically-curated solutions of minerals and chemicals applied on the face. The chemical solutions exfoliate your skin tissues, peeling them off to reveal smoother and clearer skin underneath. Besides peeling off the uppermost layers, chemical peels also infuse your skin with special minerals and nutrients that address your specific skin concerns, such as acne breakouts, redness, rosacea, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, etc. As such, the chemical peel must be curated to address your unique concerns.

What are the types of chemical peels?

Microdermabrasion improves skin appearance and provides noticeable results immediately after treatment. Some of its most popular benefits include:

  • Superficial Peels: Mild acids, such as alpha-hydroxy acid, are used to gently exfoliate the outermost skin.
  • Medium Peels: Stronger acids, such as trichloroacetic or glycolic acid, are used to exfoliate mid-level skin tissues and remove deeper scars.
  • Deep Peels: Powerful acids, such as phenol or trichloroacetic acid, are used to cleanse and exfoliate the middle layers of the skin, removing all the damaged skin cells.

What cosmetic concerns do chemical peels address?

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Sunspots, ages spots, freckles, and brown spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Acne scars and surgical scars
  • Blotchiness and uneven skin tone
  • Textural irregularities

What are the benefits of chemical peels?

  • Non-surgical skin rejuvenation
  • Highly personalized treatments
  • Suitable for all skin types and concerns
  • Reverses signs of aging
  • Removes superficial skin damage and irregularities
  • Improves skin complexion

Who is a good candidate for chemical peels?

Chemical peels are suitable for everyone, regardless of skin color, skin type, or gender, as long as you have healthy skin with no active infections. However, you must have realistic expectations — chemical peels can’t treat excessive skin laxity or deep facial folds and wrinkles. You should also avoid chemical peels if you’re pregnant, nursing, have recently undergone acne treatment, or have a history of abnormal scarring.

What happens during chemical peels?

Your cosmetic provider will examine your skin conditions, assess your skin quality, review your medical history, and discuss your cosmetic goals. Based on the analysis, the provider will choose the ideal chemical peel formulation for your specific needs. Light and medium chemical peels don’t involve anesthesia, but deep peels are performed under local anesthesia.

Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed before the treatment. The provider will then gradually apply the chosen chemical peel in layers, massaging it deep within your skin. After the application, your skin will be observed as the peels penetrate into the dermis for optimal results. After sufficient time has passed, the solution will be neutralized, and the provider will apply soothing ointments to alleviate the discomfort.

Please note that the specific process will depend on the type of chemical peel used.

How do you recover from chemical peels?

Light and medium chemical peels may cause slight stinging and burning sensations, similar to a sunburn. However, deep chemical peels may cause more post-procedural discomfort, manageable with over-the-counter pain medications. Depending on the depth of the treatment, you may experience some redness, irritation, and swelling. Over time, the older skin will start crusting off as the newer and clearer skin resurfaces.

If you’re interested in achieving smoother, brighter, and younger skin, please schedule an appointment with one of the best providers of chemical peels in Washington DC & Maryland today.

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