Matthew Bridges M.D. FACS

Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

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Why You Should Be Getting Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels are popular for many reasons but great results with little to no downtime is one of the main reasons patients opt for these non-invasive treatments.

It’s also a great time of year to start to alleviate some of the damage from all the summer fun.

Chemical Peels can:

  • Improve the texture of your skin
  • Increase the cell turnover rate of your skin
  • Help your skin produce more collagen
  • Reduces fine lines
  • Decrease hyperpigmentation
  • Unclog pores and help clear up acne
  • Make your skin look more even toned and smooth
  • Make your skin look dewy

Patients with darker skin should take precautions to ensure they are receiving the appropriate treatment formulated for their skin type.

After a chemical peel, your skin is also more sensitive to sunlight so protect it by using plenty of sunscreen and reapply often.

Our Licensed Medical Aesthetician, Franki, will screen with some relevant questions regarding your skin and skincare to help you make the best decision regarding your treatment options. There are many factors that determine which peel is right for you to get the best possible results.

You will also be asked about medical conditions, allergies, products you are currently using, and the results you want to achieve. You might also consider trying a light peel first to see what effects it has on you and build up the strength for the next one.

Chemical Peel Prep

Your skin should be exfoliated 6-8 weeks prior, so it is prepared for the peel. Franki will also cleanse before the peel is applied. The reason for this is all surface oils and debris are removed so that the peel can penetrate properly.

When the peel is applied, you might experience some warmth over the area that is being treated.

You can also experience some mild stinging, burning, and even some itching while the peel is being performed. These are completely normal, and they will stop once the peel is over. However, if you feel any true discomfort, report it immediately.

What to Expect After Your Peel

As previously mentioned, your skin might be quite sensitive to the sun following your peel. Due to this sensitivity, it is not advisable to do the procedure during the summer or right before going to some place where you will be exposed to the sun continuously, i.e., the beach.

You may also notice that your skin is tight and a little dry and it might remain a bit red for around an hour after the peel. The peeling will begin approximately 2-5 days following your peel. It varies depending on the patient and the depth of the peel. So, if you do not peel after the chemical peel, don’t worry, this is normal too. Not all patients will peel, however, the correction will still be happening at a cellular level.


Since chemical peels are stimulating you may have to modify your lifestyle just a bit after a peel not to cause any extra irritation or hyperpigmentation to your skin. Try to avoid excessive exercise by sweating for a few days or any excessive heat sources like a sauna or hot tub. Plus, do not scrub or pick at your face or use retinol products or AHA products for at least 10 days following your peel.

How About Results?

Visible results can be unpredictable, and they will vary according to each patient. Some of them can be seen after days while some see them 3 weeks following their peel.

How Often Can You Get a Chemical Peel?

It is generally advised to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks. However, if you suffer from acne, there are some peels that you can do every two weeks until you see your expected results.

Most patients purchase a series of peels to achieve the results they want. Hint: Purchasing a series of peels can sometimes save you a little money as well.

You should also consider doing chemical peels along with dermaplaning or facials. This can enhance the results of the peel by helping to exfoliate the flaky skin on your face.

Remember, chemical peels don’t remove deep wrinkles or make profound correction in very sagging skin. These issues will most likely require laser treatment or perhaps cosmetic surgery.

Give us a call or text us at 804.378.7443 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Franki, Medical Master Aesthetician, to begin your journey to great skin!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.