Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a topical face treatment done to remove the surface, often damaged outer layers of skin. This is an advanced form of exfoliation. Chemical peels are done to promote smoother more even skin tone and to help diminish the appearance of winkles, brown spots, fine lines and acne scars. There are a variety of peels with some being more aggressive than others. A hand-held fan and ice water-soaked gauze usually does the trick. Three glycolic acid peels can produce similar results to a year’s worth of Retin-A anti-aging creams! Side effects can vary from patient to patient. Most patients can expect to see peeling, redness and flaking. It is important for patients to wear sunscreen and try to avoid the sun in the weeks after their peel. Results can be seen as quickly as two to three weeks. Many patients return periodically to maintain rejuvenated skin. 

Peeling is exfoliation. When your skin peels or flakes after a treatment your skin is shedding dead or damaged surface cells and revealing new, healthy skin cells on the surface. This action is called cell turnover. Supporting the cell turnover process with chemical peels is what allows the skin to shed dead cells and bring new, fresh skin to the surface, free of signs of aging, sun damage, dirt and debris. The result is glowing, healthy skin.

You won’t necessarily experience visible peeling. That doesn’t mean your treatment was ineffective. Everyone experiences different levels of peeling, dependent upon skin type, resilience, type of peel and the number of layers applied. Some people experience ‘sheeting,’ when large portions of the skin peel off at once. Some experience ‘flaking,’ when small pieces of skin peel off, similar to dry, winter skin or mild peeling after a sunburn. Others experience exfoliation that is not visible. If you don’t peel, your skin is still exfoliating. In this case, the exfoliation is happening on a cellular level that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Typically, the deeper the peel you receive, the more extensive peeling you will experience.


Peels are easy to work into a busy lifestyle. There is no downtime with PCA SKIN chemical peels — you’ll leave your appointment with a healthy glow and able to carry on with your regular activities. There are steps to ensure that your results are maximized. You will receive a post-procedure regimen following your treatment will enhance your results and keep peeling and redness to a minimum.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Chemical Peels

What Conditions Do Chemical Peels Treat?


Chemical peels have been proven to:

  • Improve the texture and appearance of skin

  • Reduce lines and wrinkles under the eyes and mouth area

  • Pose as anti-aging and sun damage treatment of wrinkles

  • Treat acne scars

  • Proven acne treatment

  • Reduce age spots, freckles and dark spots from pregnancy also known as a condition called melasma.



Is a Chemical Peel Right for Me?


If you are looking to improve the texture and appearance of your skin due to damage from aging, the sun, acne, acne scarring, or dark spots from pregnancy, you are a good candidate for a face peel.


You are NOT a good candidate for a chemical peel if any of the following apply at the peel site:


  • Infection or disease

  • Cut or broken skin

  • Sunburn

  • Currently have an active Herpes simplex 1 sore

  • If you are nursing or pregnant

  • If you have taken Accutane in last 6 months


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