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How Do Chemical Peels Work?


A chemical peel skin treatment can effectively reduce the appearance of many skin imperfections. It uses a chemical solution to get rid of the outer layers of skin, revealing the new, younger-looking skin beneath.

Chemical Peels are popularly used to reduce the appearance of:

  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
  • Rough skin texture
  • Sun damage

During a chemical peel, a solution is applied to the skin that makes it “blister” or “peel.” The new skin that grows in its place is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. 

Types of Chemical Peels

The three types of chemical peels are: superficial, medium, and deep.

Superficial peels are the most common and can be done in a clinic or at home. Medium peels require more time and effort, and must be done by a qualified professional in a medical setting. Deep peels are the strongest type of peel and can only be done by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

The type of peel that is right for you will depend on your skin type, the condition of your skin, and your goals for treatment.


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