What to Expect During a Chemical Peel

Posted on September 26, 2021

If there’s any professional-grade skincare treatment that achieves results, it’s the chemical peel. Chemical peels are extremely versatile and can be customized to your exact skincare needs, so there are plenty of reasons to consider adding them to your regular skincare regimen. If you’re considering your options with a chemical peel, then it can be a little overwhelming wondering what to expect. Although the best way to learn more is by scheduling a consultation with our cosmetic dermatology team, here’s what to know about chemical peels and what you can expect during treatment.

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels use concentrated versions of active ingredients you might recognize from your at-home regimen – like Alpha- and Beta-Hydroxy Acids. In the form of a chemical solution, these are applied to the skin to exfoliate it and shed debris and dead skin cells. Chemical peels are usually categorized according to their depth – deep chemical peels can penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin while light chemical peels can exfoliate only the top layers. Each type has its benefits, so our team can customize your chemical peel to your skin’s unique needs.

What Can a Chemical Peel Treat?

Chemical peels can treat virtually any skin concern. Some of the most common skin concerns addressed by chemical peels include:

  • Mild to moderate aging signs
  • Acne and oiliness
  • Dryness
  • Texture
  • Pigmentation
  • Dullness

Additionally, chemical peels can sometimes be used to treat pre-cancerous growths or extensive aging signs. They can be used virtually anywhere on the body, although most patients use chemical peels as an effective facial rejuvenation treatment.

What Can I Expect During a Chemical Peel?

The process of undergoing a chemical peel can seem daunting, but you’ll be in good hands with our team. Chemical peels can be performed right at our Chicago-area office, and you’ll begin by relaxing in our comfortable suite. Firstly, you’ll discuss your goals with our team so we can recommend the ideal chemical solution, depth, and treatment frequency for your skin. Then, your skin will be cleansed and made ready for treatment. If you think you’ll require a topical anesthetic, it can be administered at this time. The chemical solution will be gently brushed on and left for a predetermined amount of time before being neutralized. Finally, your skin will be made ready for you to return home and you’ll receive detailed instructions to follow.

Schedule a Consultation

Chemical peels are one of the most effective skincare options available if you’re looking for clear, radiant skin. To meet with our team including Drs. Kalimullah and Cavanaugh, contact the Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine by calling or filling out our online form.