Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be used to treat a variety of skin complaints, from acne to sun damage to wrinkles. There is a wide assortment of chemical peels available today. Many spas and skin aestheticians offer certain types of chemical peels to their clients, while other peels can only be administered by licensed doctors. Before undergoing any type of chemical peel, we strongly recommend that patients consult with one of our Doctor’s at Marina Dermatology. We can help you find a chemical peel that is safe, effective, and appropriate for your skin care needs.

Created from a variety of different chemicals, the principle behind all chemical peels is the same. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, which removes the surface layers of the skin to a controlled extent. After the dead skin has peeled away, the skin below regenerates, revealing new skin that is usually smoother and younger-looking than the old skin. Chemical peels are classified into three types – superficial, medium, and deep. The peels differ based upon the chemical solution used and how deeply the solution is allowed to penetrate (and thus, how much skin is removed). In general, deeper peels provide more dramatic effects, but will require a longer healing time, while superficial peels provide moderate results more quickly. Chemical peels can be used to treat a number of skin complaints:

  • Superficial peels are performed to improve skin evenness and tone on the face and body by correcting damage caused by acne, sun exposure, and pigment changes.
  • Medium peels are predominantly used on the face to treat mild to moderate fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and pigment changes.
  • Deep peels are used to treat severe wrinkles, sun damage, more dramatic pigment changes, and skin growths on the face only.

Superficial and medium peels are typically performed on an outpatient basis. Medium peels can be painful, so our Doctor may prescribe medication to ensure your comfort during the treatment. Superficial peels rarely require pain medication, but can be prescribed if our Doctor thinks it’s necessary. Deep peels are more painful and require the use of oral or intravenous sedatives and, in certain cases, general anesthesia. The recovery period will vary based upon the type of peel performed. After a superficial peel, patients are able to resume normal activities right away and can conceal any redness with makeup. On the other end of the spectrum, patients often remain at home for two weeks following a deep peel. The skin will undergo a number of changes during the recovery period and may become red, swollen, oozy, or crusty while it is healing. Our dermatologist ensures that each patient understands what the recovery period will entail and provides them with a complete set of instruction to following during the recovery period.

Due to the huge range of peels available, it is very important to work with a qualified skin doctor when undergoing a chemical peel. While some forms may be safely performed by an aesthetician, it can be difficult to determine if the aesthetician is properly trained in administering each type of peel they offer. When considering a chemical peel, we encourage patients in the Marina Del Rey area to discuss their questions and concerns with our Los Angeles Doctor. We can help you determine which chemical peel will provide you with the safe, effective results you desire.