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What to Expect After a Chemical Peel

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What to Expect After a Chemical Peel

Looking for an all-purpose treatment that can brighten, smooth, and rejuvenate your skin? Chemical peels offer a highly customizable way to achieve your skin goals. Depending on the intensity of your peel, it can provide anything from a light resurfacing to deep skin renewal. 

What is a Chemical Peel? 

Chemical peels use different types of acids to remove individual layers of skin. Dr. Lawton and her team will choose a peel matching your skin concerns and schedule. Some people would prefer to avoid downtime, even if it means repeating their peel more often, while others would rather have fewer treatments in exchange for more recovery time. Chemical peels offer many choices to meet almost any needs.

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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. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

What Can a Chemical Peel Treat? 

A light peel removes the outermost layers, brightening the skin, clearing pores, and restoring a youthful glow. A medium peel removes more layers and treats lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and sun damage. A deep peel penetrates the lower layers of skin to treat deep lines and wrinkles, severe acne scarring, or significant signs of sun damage.


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about chemical peels? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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