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How Often Should You Get a Chemical Peel?



The frequency for getting a chemical peel depends on the type of chemical peel.

More Info: Chemical peels are divided into three categories superficial, medium, and deep.  Each utilizes different chemicals, penetrates different layers of the skin, and requires repeat treatments at varying intervals.

Superficial Chemical Peels

Superficial chemical peels remove only the epidermis, the outer surface layer of the skin and are used to treat fine lines, age spots, skin discoloration, and dryness.  The procedure may cause slight discomfort but heals quickly.

Frequency: Every week for up to six weeks until desired results are achieved.  The procedure can be performed monthly thereafter to maintain desired results.

Medium Chemical Peels

Medium peels penetrate both the epidermis and the upper portion of the dermis, the middle layer of skin.  The results are more dramatic than with a superficial peel and are used to treat deep wrinkles, acne, acne scars, and uneven skin pigmentation.

Frequency: The procedure can be performed every six months to a year to maintain desired results.

Deep Chemical Peels

The deep chemical peel requires the use of a chemical called phenol which is highly effective at penetrating down to the lower portion of the dermis.  The Phenol peel is used to treat deep wrinkles, scars, uneven skin pigmentation, and precancerous growths.

Frequency:  One shot deal.


Expert Opinion

“Chemical peels can truly retexturize the skin, restore radiance and a youthful appearance. Whether looking for magic or simply the ideal home treatment to maximize your rejuvenation routine, chemical peels are undoubtedly here to stay. Whatever the reason always follow the directions. Doing so will help get the most from your treatment and minimize problems down the road.”

Audrey Kunin, M.D. “Chemical Peels”



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