Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels Specialist
Fewer things can create a more drastic improvement in the look of your skin than a chemical peel. These treatments are a mainstay of performers and celebrities who are expected to have beautiful, glowing skin. Those same results are available to men and women in San Luis Obispo, California, through Coastal Family Dermatology. For an individualized assessment of your skin, schedule a consultation today using our online scheduling tool.

Chemical Peels Q & A

Coastal Family Dermatology

What types of chemical peels are available?

There are several different types of chemical peels to choose from, each with a different strength and set of outcomes. Your dermatologist assesses the condition of your skin and suggest the approach that is right for your needs.

Superficial peel

Also known as a “lunchtime” chemical peel, this treatment uses a mild acid, like alpha hydroxy, to gently exfoliate the outer layer of your skin. A superficial peel can create a refreshed appearance and can address mild discoloration and rough skin texture.

Medium peel

This treatment option uses a stronger acid, usually a glycolic or trichloroacetic acid. The solution can permeate into the middle layers of your skin, removing damaged cells and improving the appearance of age spots, freckles, fine lines, and moderate discoloration.

Deep peel

This powerful treatment makes use of a potent phenol or trichloroacetic acid to penetrate deep into the middle layers of your skin. A deep peel facilitates a dramatic improvement in the appearance of moderate lines, freckles, age spots, and even scars.

What conditions can be treated using chemical peels?

Chemical peels can yield impressive results and are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the nation. Chemical peels of varying strength can efficiently treat numerous skin conditions, including:

  • Sun damage
  • Acne scars
  • Crow’s feet
  • Melasma
  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkled skin
  • Hyperpigmentation

How long does it take to heal and see results after a chemical peel?

The answer depends on the type of peel and how your skin responds to the treatment. Your dermatologist advises you on the best way to care for your skin after a chemical peel, and adhering to those instructions improves the healing process.

Superficial peel

Your skin may be red following the treatment but heals over a period of 1-7 days. You may even be able to wear makeup the day after your peel.

Medium peel

After the treatment, expect red and swollen skin that may worsen over the first couple of days. In 7-14 days, your skin develops a crust and begins sloughing off. Your dermatologist may prescribe an antiviral medication, and you need to soak your skin and use an ointment for the first couple of weeks.

Deep peel

Healing takes between 14-21 days. During that time, you need to soak your skin and use ointment multiple times each day, and take antiviral medication for the first couple of weeks. Special moisturizer is used during the latter portion of the healing process.  

To find out if chemical peels are a good option for your skin, schedule an appointment with Coastal Family Dermatology today.


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