Chemical Peels

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove a layer or layers of skin. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Dermatologic surgeons have used various peeling agents for the last 50 years and the type of peel best for your skin will be determined at your consultation.

What can a chemical peel do?

Chemical peels are best used to treat early photo aging changes such as fine wrinkles, coarse skin texture, sallow skin tone and age spots. Other pigment conditions can also respond well. Besides stimulating younger appearing skin cells, chemical peels enhance the penetration of rejuvenating skin care products such as vitamin C serums, glycolic acid, hydroquinone, soluble skin growth factors (TNS Complex) and retinoic acid. A peel at Olympic Dermatology is individualized for each patient.

Can chemical peels help deeper wrinkles?

Deeper and more severe photo aging changes are better treated with a Laser Fractional Resurfacing procedure, such as Clear & Brilliant or our Fraxel laser. Your options will be discussed after a personalized evaluation of your skin needs at your complimentary cosmetic consultation.

How are chemical peels performed?

The Illuminize Peel delivers all the benefits of a chemical exfoliation without the downtime. You’ll enjoy increased radiance, tightened skin and a more youthful appearance with little or no visible peeling. A blend of gentle chemical exfoliants are applied to the face and neck for improved clarity, color and skin texture.

The Vitalize Peel from Skin Medica offers a new approach to improving your skin tone and texture. A superficial chemical peeling is produced by the use of a new generation of alpha hydroxyl acids. It’s great for acne, fine lines, dull complexion, clogged or enlarged pores. The results maximize your skin rejuvenation with very low irritation. It’s great for people with sensitive skin. A series of three peels with periodic maintenance will maximize your long term benefits.

The Rejuvenize Peel is our most advanced peel but still considered non-ablative, meaning no significant downtime is expected. This peel leaves a yellow residue that is left on overnight before washing off. The yellow residue usually fades over several hours and make-up can be applied over it. The treatment is very effective for severe brown discolorations and sallow, sun-damaged skin. Three peels are recommended with the use of ongoing rejuvenation products and advanced sunscreen with antioxidants.

What should you expect after chemical peel treatment?

Reactions to chemical peels range from mild to moderate skin redness and dry peeling. Generally with deeper peels it takes a bit longer for your skin to recover.

We invite you to discover more about our chemical peels by calling us at 360-459-1700 for a free cosmetic consultation with one of our skin care specialists. Or simply book it online here on our Web site.

Olympic Dermatology & Laser Clinic is the leading dermatology center serving Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, DuPont, Steilacoom, Centralia, Chehalis, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Shelton and the South Sound region.