Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that apply a chemical solution to the skin, which causes it to exfoliate and peel off, revealing new skin underneath. They are often performed on the face, but they can also be performed on the neck and hands. Chemical peels are one of the most effective ways to treat signs of aging, discoloration, and UV damage, however they can also be used to correct damaged skin, pigmentation, uneven skin texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. Chemical peels also improve overall skin health by providing dermal and epidermal stimulation that helps stabilize skin functions and support skin renewal.
There are three different types of chemical peels available:
- Superficial peels: use mild acids (alpha-hydroxy) to exfoliate and penetrate only the outermost layer of skin
- Medium peels: use stronger acids (trichloroacetic or glycolic) to penetrate the middle and outer layers of skin
- Deep peels: use stronger acids (phenol or trichloroacetic) to penetrate the middle layer of skin
Frequently Asked Questions:
You may be a candidate for a chemical peel if you are looking to eliminate or improve the appearance of:
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin tone or redness
- Acne scars
To determine if you are an ideal candidate and what type of chemical peel is best for you, schedule an appointment with one of our skin care professionals at any of our three Therapeutic Aesthetics locations: Toronto, Burlington, or Pickering.
At Therapeutic Aesthetics, all our chemical peels are performed in the comfort of our office. Depending on the type of peel you are having, topical or regional anesthetics may be used to keep you comfortable during the procedure. To begin, we will first clean your skin and apply eye protection if needed. During your chemical peel, a chemical solution will be applied to your skin using a cotton ball, gauze, or brush. As your skin starts to whiten, you may experience a stinging sensation. Your provider will then remove the chemical solution and/or apply a neutralizing solution to your skin.
After having a chemical peel, your recovery will depend on the type of peel performed. Light chemical peels generally only require 4-7 days of recovery, medium peels take about 5-7 days and can be accompanied by swelling, and deep chemical peels take about 14 days and are accompanied by severe swelling and redness. During the recovery phase, your provider will give you specific instructions to follow. It is important to follow these instructions for the fastest recovery.
How frequently you should get a chemical peel depends on the depth of the peel. In most cases, you can have chemical peels performed every 2-4 weeks, however it is recommended to discuss your treatment goals with your provider to develop a custom treatment plan.
Although chemical peels are not dangerous, they can be irritating to your skin and should not be used too frequently.