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What’s the Best Chemical Peel?

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What’s the Best Chemical Peel?

What are your biggest skin concerns? A chemical peel can address hyperpigmentation, textural issues, and signs of aging. These customizable treatments remove outer layers of skin to eliminate dry, damaged cells and replace them with healthy new ones. 

What is a Chemical Facial Peel?

A chemical peel is a treatment that chemically exfoliates the outer layers of the skin. Less intensive peels often use glycolic or alpha hydroxy acids, while very intensive ones may use chemicals like phenols. Chemical peels offer exactly the level of skin rejuvenation you need to see significant improvements. 

What’s the Best Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels come in almost as wide varieties as there are skin concerns. The best chemical peel for you depends on several factors, including:

  • Your skin issues
  • How much downtime you can tolerate
  • Your preferred treatment schedule
  • The sensitivity and overall health of your skin

Chemical peels fall into three categories:

Light Peel

A light facial peel removes the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis. This layer consists primarily of dead skin cells. Dr. Lawton may choose a light peel for you if you want to address fine lines, dullness, acne, and uneven skin tone. This might be the best chemical peel for minimal downtime or to treat more superficial skin issues. 

Medium Peel

A medium peel works on the epidermis and into the upper part of the dermis. Since it reaches deeper, a medium peel will require more downtime. A medium peel might be best for you to treat lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, or acne scars. It also makes a good option for those who prefer to visit for treatments less often. 

Deep Peel

A deep peel is not right for everyone. This intensive facial peel removes more layers of the skin than other types, treating concerns like deep wrinkles, scars, age spots, and even precancerous spots. A deep peel has significant downtime but may be the best treatment to improve deep skin issues. 


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 Should I Expect After a Chemical Peel?

Effects after a chemical peel depends on how deeply it works into the skin. A light chemical peel may result in several days of redness and minor peeling. Medium peels can cause more noticeable redness, flaking, and crusting, and the redness can last several weeks. A deep peel will require several weeks of recovery, and the resulting redness can last for months. 

How Often Should I Have a Chemical Peel?

The best chemical peel for you will fit your schedule and plans. A light peel usually requires several treatments to see your best results, usually scheduled every two to five weeks. People often have a medium peel every few months until they achieve their desired results, and you can only have one deep peel. 


*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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