31 East Darrah Lane
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure aimed at improving various skin imperfections such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne, scars, and uneven skin coloring. During the process, a chemical solution is carefully applied to the skin, targeting the top layers and effectively removing them. As a result, the skin regenerates, leading to a smoother and more youthful appearance. Depending on the desired outcome, different depths of peels, ranging from light to deep, are available. While lighter peels may require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results, deeper peels offer more dramatic improvements but necessitate longer recovery periods.

Primarily utilized on the face, chemical peels can effectively address wrinkles, discolorations, and scars, either as standalone treatments or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures. These peels incorporate various types of acids, each with different levels of skin penetration, providing flexibility in treatment options tailored to individual needs and skin sensitivities. Ultimately, chemical peels offer a versatile solution for enhancing skin texture, tone, and overall appearance.

You can check out the different types of peels and other services by going to our Aesthetician Services page!

How is a Chemical Peel Performed? 

A chemical peel is typically performed in a doctor’s office. The process begins with a thorough cleansing of the skin to remove excess oils, followed by the protection of the eyes and hair. A chemical solution, often containing glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid, is then applied to the skin. These chemicals induce controlled injury, penetrating to different depths of the skin before peeling away to reveal a new layer. Prior to the procedure, a pre-procedure consultation is scheduled to discuss expectations and reasons for treatment. During the procedure, patients lie in a supine position with their eyes closed, while a neutral paste may be applied around sensitive areas. Depending on the depth of the peel, pain medication or relaxation techniques may be employed. Application methods vary based on the chosen peeling agent, with solutions applied using brushes, cotton tips, or gauze swabs, and gels administered with spatulas. The solution is initially applied to areas with thicker skin before being spread evenly across the face. Mild tenderness may be experienced during the procedure, and upon completion, a neutralizing wash or cool compress is often applied to the face.

How does a Chemical Peel work?  

In general, a chemical peel works by applying a specialized chemical solution to the skin’s surface, targeting the top layer known as the epidermis. This solution reacts with the dead skin cells, initiating a process where the outer layer of skin peels away. As the old skin is shed, new skin cells are stimulated to regenerate, resulting in improved skin tone and texture. Additionally, the exfoliation process triggers increased production of collagen, a structural protein crucial for maintaining skin firmness and elasticity. Overall, chemical peels effectively rejuvenate the skin by promoting cell turnover and collagen synthesis, revealing a smoother and more youthful complexion.

How is a Chemical Peel different from other skin treatments?

Chemical peels stand out from other skin rejuvenation treatments due to the variety in the options and the quick, easy, and almost painless procedure. The variety allows for the peels to serve different purposes, all while generally revitalizing the skin of the face. The convenience of chemical peels allow you to come in during a lunch break and then get on with your day!

How long is the typical chemical peel treatment?

Chemical peels typically take less than half an hour.

Is the recovery time long?

There is no recovery time / downtime with chemical peels, meaning that you can get the procedure done, leave our office, and continue your day! Mild tenderness, swelling, discomfort, redness, in the affected area can last up to a few days.

What are the potential side effects?

Following the procedure, side effects may include mild redness, swelling, or discomfort in the affected area for a few days.

Is the treatment painful?

Chemical peels are almost painless. You may feel mild tenderness on your skin.

Can I receive Chemical Peel if I have a darker skin tone?

Yes, Chemical Peels works on various skin types and skin tones, but consulting with a certified practitioner beforehand is recommended in order to receive a more personalized and tailored treatment.

How do I know if a Chemical Peel is right for me?

You can consult a qualified medical professional to see if chemical peels are right for you. Our office is available for consultations at 31 East Darrah Lane, Lawrence Township NJ. To schedule an appointment, call the following number: 609-587-9944

Important Pre-Treatment Instructions

To reduce the chance of any adverse side effects, we recommend doing the following things (unless your physician says otherwise):

  • Make sure to hydrate, and moisturize your skin well daily before the treatment (at least a week in advance)
  • Keep treatment areas clean and free them of any substances such as lotion, makeup, sunscreen or any other cosmetic products
  • You should avoid topical acne medications, retinols, and waxing 1 week prior to treatment
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight a week before the treatment
  • Follow the precise pre-treatment guidelines given by your healthcare provider to achieve the best outcomes and reduce the risk of potential complications 

(this section should only serve as additional information; it is NOT a substitute for your healthcare provider’s instructions)