17 December 2011

The right chemical peel depends on what your goals are...

The right chemical peel depends on what your goals are for your skin. Chemical peels differ in the depth of penetration.For instance, if the goal of the peel is simply to exfoliate the skin, a superficial chemical peel can be used. For pigment irregularities (age spots, melasma), medium depth chemical peels are beneficial. On the other hand, if the goal is to combat wrinkles, a problem in the deep layers of the skin, a deep chemical peel must be used. Superficial peels are generally very safe, and some are even available over the counter. 

Permanent scarring and skin burns are rare to non-existent. Medium depth peels, such as 15-35% TCA (trichloroacetic acid) are excellent at taking care of sun damaged skin. It is important to have these administered by an experienced professional, who is able to discern a true sun spot from something more ominous, such as a skin cancer. TCA peels do require a short recovery time and should be done by experienced physicians, as side effects can occur.

For deeper skin layers, deeper chemical peels, such as a phenol peel, are necessary. This chemical peel will cause what amounts to a severe sun burn and should only be administered by trained professionals, who are experienced with facial peels and can deal with any possible outcomes. It can significantly improve facial lines and wrinkles and produces very nice results when done properly.


  1. Right, patients should really be open on what they want to achieve with chemical peels so that the doctor can prioritize and target the exact spots to be treated. Patients can do that by consulting their dermatologists or estheticians first before going with the procedure.

    Katie Hallison

  2. The details on what effective treatment are available for Chemical Peels.

  3. Thanks a lot for your post on chemical peels. It is really useful.

  4. Yes, aside from being certain with the decision to undergo chemical peel procedure, the level should also be considered. The thing here is to not get too overwhelmed by the upcoming beautiful result. This wouldn’t be a problem if you decide to do this inside a clinic. But if you’re administering your own treatment at home, you should have complete knowledge and awareness of all things to be considered.

    --> Jacinto

  5. It is important that you visit your dermatologist first before you try any chemical peel products in the market. Typically, there are many chemical peels out there and they are most likely to be suitable with different skin types as well. So, to make sure that the one you’ll probably be using suits your skin, consult with a skin specialist first.

    Terry Bayer

  6. You’re right, Terry. Remember that chemical peels react depending on your skin type. In the end, consulting a dermatologist before applying any chemical peel is wiser than just relying on mere recommendations.

    Dennis Rode