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Chemical Peel

What Is Chemical Peel

Chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve the texture and tone of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. This is generally used to treat acne or acne scars, irregular skin pigmentation, and rough skin. A light chemical peel removes just the outer layer of skin (epidermis) in a light exfoliation and can result in a healthier glow. Common agents used in light peels may include combinations of alphahydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid and maleic acid. A medium chemical peel remove skin cells from both the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). Agents frequently used for medium depth chemical peeling include TCA (trichloroacetic acid), Jessner's solution and glycolic acid.


For reference, a premium clinic in Chicago is charging $175 for a standard Chemical Peel and $375 for VI Peel per treatment.

Prices may be based on type of chemical peel performed, the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the procedure, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires, and your geographic location. You may need to complete a series of treatments for the desired effect.

Recovery & Downtime

For a light chemical peel, you are likely to experience some redness, stinging, skin flaking and irritation. For a medium chemical peel, you'll experience some redness, stinging and flaking of the skin. You're advised to avoid the sun and to use sunblock for several months to protect that fresh new layer of skin.

Best For

You may not be a good candidate for chemical peel if you have a history of abnormal skin scarring, naturally dark complexion or skin tone, tendency to have extra pigmentation of your scars, or have skin conditions or medications that make the skin more sensitive than normal. Discuss with your provider your general health status, pre-existing health conditions, and current lifestyle choices for likely outcomes and any risks or potential complications.

Potential Side Effects

Chemical peel is generally considered a safe procedure when performed by a qualified provider. While very rare, chemical peeling treatments could lead to infection and scarring. If you have suffered from cold sores (herpes) in the past, there is a risk of reactivation. For people with certain skin types, family history of skin discoloration, or certain medication use, there is a risk of developing abnormal pigmentation, or a temporary or permanent color change in the skin either lightening or darkening.


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