How often you get chemical peel treatment depends on the depth of the peel. Doctors can perform light peels monthly, medium peels every four to six months, and deep peels every two or three years.
About Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that seek to enhance the vitality and aesthetics of the skin. They involve applying a chemical solution to the surface of the skin, removing the top layers, and encouraging new growth from below. The procedures typically result in smoother skin with fewer blemishes, wrinkles, and other imperfections.
Patients often seek chemical peels from Colorado Skin & Vein to improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and discolored skin. For minor blemishes, a shallow or “light” chemical peel may be the best solution. For deeper skin issues, a deep peel may be a better option. The deeper the depth that the peel targets, the more profound the results, but also the longer the recovery time.
Light Chemical Peel Schedule
Light chemical peels typically use gentle acids, such as salicylic acid, a common ingredient in many over-the-counter skin products. Patients choose this treatment to deal with mild lines and wrinkles, minor acne scarring, surface-level issues with skin tone and texture, and dull skin.
Colorado Skin & Vein typically sees patients for light peels on a monthly schedule, although they may wish to receive treatment less often, depending on their skin’s ongoing condition.
Medical Chemical Peel Schedule
Medium chemical peels are slightly more acidic than their light counterparts and often make use of glycolic acid. At Colorado Skin & Vein, we use this treatment for more serious hyperpigmentation, dry or damaged skin texture, uneven skin tone or moderate acne scarring.
Medium peels are considerably more potent than light peels because of the acidity of the chemical solution. For that reason, patients should only seek this treatment every four to six months to give the skin time to repair in between.
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Deep Chemical Peel Schedule
Deep chemical peels are perhaps the best known of all peels and aggressively treat deep lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and even skin sagging.
Typically they use carbolic acid, which targets cells situated well below the top layers of the dermis. The treatment leads to scabbing, peeling, and redness lasting a week or two. Ordinarily, you do not need to repeat the treatment regularly to experience the full effects. Patients return to us once every two or three years.
Am I a Candidate for Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are an excellent treatment for patients with acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, lines and wrinkles, dull skin, or issues with skin tone and texture. However, they may not suit some patients, including those prone to keloids (overgrowth of scar tissue), pregnant women, or people predisposed to regular cold sore outbreaks. We consult with you about the best treatments for your skin before going ahead with any procedure.