If you would like to eliminate dead skin cells and bring out your healthy glow, then a chemical peel may be the right solution for you. Here at Schaumburg Dermatology, we have two types of chemical peel solutions to help brighten your complexion or reduce acne breakouts.
Who We Treat
People come into our facility to treat their skin with chemical peels for a variety of reasons, including mild acne, dead skin, dull complexion, excessive pigmentation, and more. Our medically trained cosmetic professionals have treated individuals with a wide range of skin types, so don’t hesitate to speak to our providers about your specific case.
Types of Procedures
Chemical peels are liquid solutions that vary in strength. Peels with a higher concentration of acid penetrate the skin’s surface at a deeper level. The type of peel used will depend on the issue being treated. At Schaumburg Dermatology we specialize in two types of chemical peels that target common skin concerns:
- Salicylic Acid is a beta-hydroxy acid and is considered a light or mild chemical peel. This is the go-to peel for clearing pores, reducing inflammation, killing bacteria, and brightening the complexion. There is virtually no downtime to this procedure, and you can return to your daily activities the same day. Treatments are typically done once a month, and the number of treatments depends on the condition being treated. Ideal candidates are individuals with mild acne, congested skin, and uneven skin tone.
- Trichloroacetic Acid is a slightly deeper peel that can be more effective at addressing deeper pigmentation and textural problems. There may be a week of moderate peeling as the dead skin layers slough off to bring forth a fresh, more even complexion. Treatments are typically done once every 3 to 6 months.
Preparing For a Chemical Peel
Getting ready for a chemical peel is a fairly simple process. The first step is to determine which peel is right for you, which is established during a Cosmetic Consultation. At this visit, a full assessment is provided by one of our cosmetic professionals, along with a detailed care plan including pre and post-care instructions. A skincare regimen will also be recommended to help prepare your skin to receive optimal results from your peel.
Recovering From a Chemical Peel
The type of chemical peel you receive and your skin type will determine the downtime. For lighter peels, the skin may peel lightly or flake approximately 2 days after the treatment. Optimal results generally occur 5-7 days after your peel. To maintain a fresh glow, light chemical peels are recommended on a monthly basis.
For deeper peels, your skin will appear red and feel hot immediately after treatment and the redness can last for several hours or days afterward. Peeling will occur 1-3 days post-procedure and can last for several days, so the ideal downtime for this peel is one week. Deeper peels are maintained every 3 months or as needed.
During the recovery period for any peel, you will follow a skincare regimen customized for your skin type to promote quicker healing and extended results. During the initial recovery period after a peel, you will want to avoid sun exposure. Once the peeling has stopped and the skin healed, you may reintroduce your skin to the sun after applying sunscreen. The purpose of a peel is to remove dead skin cells and damage on the skin’s surface and to introduce new, fresh skin for a brighter glow, so protect it well.
Chemical Peel Prices
The cost of a chemical peel depends upon the type of peel. Multiple treatments or a combination of treatments and skincare products may be recommended to deliver optimal results for your specific concerns. If you are interested in finding out more about this popular and effective procedure, call (847) 534-5507 or contact us online to request a Cosmetic Consultation.
We service the Chicagoland area. Our office is a short distance from Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, Itasca, Elk Grove Village and Barrington.