What are the side effects of a chemical peel?
With all peels, skin can become sun sensitive afterward, why we always recommend that patients, after having a peel, avoid the sun and wear daily broad-spectrum sun protection. For lighter peels, an over-the-counter topical broad-spectrum sunscreen works best. For deeper, more intense peels, we recommend that patients avoid direct sun exposure for several days to two weeks.
Are Chemical Peels painful?
With light chemical peels—such as the AlphaBeta® Peel we offer,—the skin may feel tingly and may turn slightly pink afterward, but this goes away immediately, allowing patients to go back to work or daily activities right away.
Medium depth or deeper chemical peels can cause slight stinging and redness (often described as a “sunburnt” look), which might last for several days.
Can people with darker skin have chemical peels?
Absolutely, particularly our patented Alpha Beta® Peel, which is gentle—yet effective enough—to be used on every patient’s skin. Sometimes, deeper peels can cause skin to become lighter (or darker in some fair-skinned patients)—why it’s critical to go to a highly trained board-certified dermatologist to administer a deeper peel.
I see a lot of home chemical peels. Are these the same thing as the chemical peels in a dermatologist’s office?
While these home chemical peels work in a similar way to dermatologist peels by speeding up the shedding of dead skin cells and stimulating collagen, at-home chemical peels contain lower concentrations of acids than a dermatologist can offer. For more dramatic results, book an appointment with us for a more powerful in-office peel.