Chemical peels can be applied to the face, neck, and hands to help improve the appearance of skin and treat specific trouble areas. At The Dermatology Clinic, we offer two primary types of chemical peels, the VI Peel and the Melanage Peel, which each target different trouble areas for patients. Learn more about each of these treatments and find out if you are an ideal candidate for a chemical peel.

What Are Chemical Peels?

When patients schedule a chemical peel treatment, our trained aesthetics will apply a chemical solution to the skin that deeply exfoliates the top layers of the epidermis, causing the old skin to peel off and reveal smooth, newly-regenerated skin. Chemical peels offer many solutions for common skin challenges, including discoloration, fine lines, acne, mild scarring, and sun damage. We offer two specialized chemical peel treatments that each address a different set of skin care goals.

– VI Peel: A special formula designed to treat fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in smoother, more even skin tone.
– Melanage Peel: A skin lightening system ideal for hyperpigmentation, sun spots, melasma, and uneven skin texture.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Chemical Peel?

Generally, we recommend chemical peels for patients experiencing mild issues with skin texture, fine lines, and pigmentation. For those with deep-set wrinkles, we may recommend other treatments like laser resurfacing or injectables. While chemical peels often deliver the best results for fair skin types, our dermatologists will work with each patient to determine the best treatment. We do not recommend chemical peels for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as those with sensitive or easily-irritated skin, sunburns, open wounds on the treatment area, or active cold sores.

What Is the Procedure Like?

Leading up to the procedure, our doctors may recommend that patients stop using certain products that contain glycolic acid or retinol to help with healing after the treatment. While this is an outpatient treatment, we may sometimes recommend that patients secure a ride home for optimal comfort.

During the procedure, we will first thoroughly clean the treatment area before applying the chemical solution to the skin. Patients should expect to feel a burning sensation that will last for about 5-10 minutes, followed by a dull stinging sensation. A cold compress or mild pain medication may be recommended depending on the level of chemical peel prescribed.

How Are the Results and Recovery?

Following the procedure, patients usually experience a sensation similar to a sunburn. This could include blistering, flaking, or peeling over the course of 7 to 14 days. Since the skin will be more sensitive as it regenerates, patients should be careful to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Immediately following the procedure, patients should avoid sun exposure and may wish to wear bandages at the treatment area to help protect the skin for the first few days. We recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and protective clothing for several months following the procedure. Once the skin heals, patients should notice smoother, more even skin texture, with minimized scarring and discoloration. Depending on the level of chemical peel completed, we may recommend multiple treatments to help deliver long-term results.

How Are Chemical Peels Different From Microdermabrasion?

Both chemical peels and microdermabrasion are types of exfoliation techniques to remove unwanted dead skin and help in the skin regeneration process. So what’s the difference? Chemical peels rely on chemical compounds to complete the exfoliation process, while microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation using fine particles or a medical applicator to remove dead skin. Chemical peels are generally better suited for the treatment of skin discoloration and fine lines, while microdermabrasion is a less-invasive treatment that will make skin feel refreshed and soft. It will not necessarily treat the more visible signs of aging in the same way that chemical peels will.

Choose The Dermatology Clinic

If you are interested in learning more about our two types of chemical peels offered at The Dermatology Clinic, request an appointment with one of our board-certified doctors today. We are knowledgeable of the latest cosmetic services and can answer all your questions to help you make an educated decision about your skin. That’s how we’ve been operating since 1947.