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Demystifying Chemical Peels: An Introduction to the Basics

Chemical Peels | Maryland Plastic Surgery and PURE MedSpa

Many of our patients want to rejuvenate their complexion and restore the vibrancy of youthful skin. The stresses of daily life and environmental factors can significantly affect your skin, resulting in a dull, lackluster appearance. If you’re seeking to enhance your skin texture and tone, chemical peels can offer a powerful solution.

At Maryland Plastic Surgery and PURE MedSpa in Millersville, MD, chemical peels are one of the many quality cosmetic treatments that we provide. With each treatment, we use the most advanced techniques and follow the highest standards in the industry to make sure you get results that you’ll love.

What Is a Chemical Peel? 

A chemical peel is a non-invasive treatment that exfoliates and renews your skin. During the treatment, a specially formulated chemical solution is applied to the surface of the skin. This formula dissolves the top layers of skin. This can be more gentle or more intensive depending on what your skin will most benefit from.  

Chemical peels can reveal healthier and more youthful skin underneath while also helping to promote more collagen and elastin. After several treatments, you may begin to notice fewer lines and wrinkles and skin that is looking fresh and bright.

What Do Chemical Peels Do?

Lighten Acne Scars

Chemical peels for acne scars can work wonders in reducing the visibility of these marks. This treatment penetrates the skin, removing the top damaged layer and encouraging the formation of healthy skin cells, which can significantly lighten the appearance of these scars over time.

Reduce Facial Wrinkles and Lines

The exfoliating effect of chemical peels helps in minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. The process stimulates collagen production and promotes new skin growth, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin with fewer visible lines.

Correct Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation

By removing the upper layer of the skin, chemical peels can help lighten age spots and areas of hyperpigmentation. The treatment promotes the growth of new, even-toned skin, offering a more balanced complexion.

Control Acne Breakouts

Chemical peels are not just beneficial for acne scars, but also for controlling active acne. The treatment removes excess oils and unclogs pores, reducing the incidence of acne breakouts and leading to clearer skin.

Promote Healthy, Glowing Skin

The main benefit of a chemical peel is its ability to reveal a fresh layer of healthy skin. After the peel, you’ll find your skin has an improved texture, tone, and a radiant glow, making it look refreshed and rejuvenated.

What Are the Different Types of Chemical Peels?

  • Superficial Peels: Also known as light peels, these facials use milder acids. Superficial peels gently exfoliate the skin, primarily affecting the epidermis, or outermost layer of the skin. This is great for minor skin imperfections and general skin brightening or for patients who have never had a chemical peel before.
  • Medium Peels: These peels go deeper, using stronger acids that extend to the middle layer of the skin. Medium peels are effective in treating wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone.
  • Deep Peels: The most intense type, deep peels penetrate even more deeply into the skin. They use a stronger formula and can correct deep wrinkles, more pronounced scars, and significant hyperpigmentation. Deep peels offer dramatic improvements, but they also require more recovery time.

Chemical Peels FAQ

1. How Often Should I Get a Chemical Peel?

The frequency recommended for chemical peels depends on the type of peel and your skin condition. Light peels can be done regularly while deeper peels may be a one-time treatment. We will develop a treatment plan that will work for you.

2. Does a Chemical Peel Hurt?

During a chemical peel, you may feel a slight burning or tingling sensation. The intensity of the sensation varies with the type of peel but is not usually overly uncomfortable. Topical anesthetic or pain medication may be used for chemical peels as necessary.

3. What Should I Expect During the Recovery Period?

Post-treatment, your skin may be red and there might be some scaling or peeling, which is normal and expected. For deep peels, the recovery period might be longer, with more noticeable peeling or scaling. We’ll guide you on the best practices to aid your recovery.

4. Can I Wear Makeup after a Chemical Peel?

It’s best to avoid makeup for at least 24 hours after a light or medium peel to let your skin breathe and recover. After a deep peel, you should wait until your skin has completely healed before using makeup. During your appointment, we will be able to give you more individualized advice regarding makeup. 

5. How Long Do Chemical Peels Last?

The longevity of chemical peel results largely depends on the type of peel used and the overall health of your skin. Light peels generally offer results that last for around a month. Medium peels can help you achieve skin health for several months, and deep peels can yield longer results. Optimal results with any of these treatments require a healthy skincare routine and lifestyle post-treatment.

Achieve Beautiful, Clear, Glowing Skin With Chemical Peels

Whether you’re seeking chemical peels for acne scars or you are aiming to reverse signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots, we would love to help at Maryland Plastic Surgery and PURE MedSpa. We specialize in delivering high-quality, individualized treatments like chemical peels that cater to your unique skin care needs. To schedule your consultation in Millersville, MD, you can reach out to us at (410) 553-9444 or contact us online via our website.

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