How Does a Chemical Peel Work?
The acids in a chemical peel separate and remove dull, damaged layers of skin. This process allows new, healthy skin cells to come to the surface. While a light peel refreshes the surface layers, a more intensive peel will remove more layers for deeper benefits. Dr. Lawton and her team will choose the right peel for your skin type and goals.
What to Expect After a Chemical Peel
Your expectations after a chemical peel depend on the intensity of your peel. You can expect anything from no downtime to several weeks. You will need to wear sunscreen and avoid sun exposure as much as possible after all chemical peels.
After a Light Chemical Peel
You will notice minor redness and swelling after your peel. This may feel like a sunburn and can last for a few days. You can resume your usual routine after treatment. Avoid using scrubs or other irritating products while your skin heals.
After a Medium Chemical Peel
Swelling may last up to a week, and some redness can linger for months. Pigmented spots will scab over before disappearing, and your skin may blister or peel. Dr. Lawton will provide you with aftercare instructions to minimize your recovery time.
After a Deep Chemical Peel
This type of peel causes redness, swelling, and discomfort that can require pain medication. Your skin may blister and peel as it begins to heal. Most people need two to three weeks to recover before returning to their usual activities. You may have noticeable redness lasting several months.
You may have a light peel every month or so. You will usually have a medium peel a few times a year. You will only have a deep peel once.