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Chemical Peel in Richmond, VA

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A chemical peel is a nonsurgical, less invasive way to improve the appearance of skin. Also known as chemexfoliation, derma peeling or skin resurfacing, this procedure applies a chemical solution to the top layers of the skin, which works to peel away and destroy damaged or dead cells. Through this peeling process, a rejuvenated layer of skin is left behind. Chemical peels can be used on the face or neck to help improve fine lines, acne scars, uneven skin tone, sun spots, freckles, pigmentation and rough or scaly patches. There are different degrees of peels that offer varying results.

Types of Chemical Peels

ZO 3-Step Chemical Peel

The ZO 3-Step Peel from ZO Skin Health is a prescription level chemical peel that treats many skin concerns including acne, melasma, sun damage, fine lines, rough skin texture, large pores, and dullness. The 3-Step process provides deeper improvements than other peels with minimal peeling and downtime. The ZO chemical peel is safe to use on all skin types and tones and may be repeated every 3 – 4 weeks for more dramatic results.


MandeliClear Peel System

MandeliClear Peel System from Circadia is a safe, gentle peel with a Vitamin A accelerator. MandeliClear is best for patients with darker skin pigmentation and any skin type. MandeliClear is often used to lighten hyperpigmentation concerns, including acne scars, melasma, and photo damage.


Jessner Chemical Peel

Circadia’s Jessner Peel is best for patients with light skin pigmentation. Jessner treats skin concerns such as acne, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation.


During/After The Procedure

The process for applying a chemical peel is generally the same for each type, but will vary slightly depending on the level of solution being applied. Anesthesia is not used during this procedure. First, the face is thoroughly cleaned. Then, the chemical agent is then brushed on to the skin. Patients will experience some mild stinging at this time. Patients will need to wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure as much as possible.

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Chemical Peel FAQs

Does a Chemical Peel Hurt?

A chemical peel does not hurt. However, it may cause some discomfort. Most patients will feel tingling and a slight burning sensation, which will subside shortly after the procedure has been completed.

How to Choose?

There are many alternatives to consider. Individuals looking to reduce fine lines, blotchiness and other mild skin conditions may benefit from a chemical peel, which removes dead skin cells and accelerates the generation of new skin. If deep wrinkles are the issue, patients may want to consider another treatment such as BOTOX or Dysport.

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