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Chemical peels work to remove the damaged outer layers of skin through the application of a chemical solution to the face, neck or hands.  The chemicals will produce a controlled wound that allows softer and more even-toned layers of skin to regenerate.

Uses for Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be used to reduce the appearance of:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Scars
  • Age spots
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Acne
  • Freckles
  • Irregular skin color

Types of Chemical Solutions Used in Chemical Peels

There are several different types of chemical solutions that can be used in a chemical peel procedure, such as:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Trichloroacetic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Carbolic acid

If you are planning to have a chemical peel in preparation of a big event, allow enough time for your treated areas to properly heal. It may take anywhere between 3 days to 2 weeks or more to fully recover. It is also important to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen and protective gear during the healing process.

Most light and medium-level chemical peels must be repeated to achieve maximum results; deep chemical peels will typically have longer-lasting results and a much longer chemical peel recovery process.

If you would like to learn more about chemical peels and determine if the procedure might provide the facial rejuvenation results you desire, contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology to schedule a consultation in Phoenix today. Call 602-867-7546 or visit