Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Center

Light Peels

What is a light chemical peel?

Your skin is a living organ made up of millions of cells. Every day, thousands of cells die and are replaced by new cells. Unfortunately, as we age, this becomes a slower and more haphazard process, making your skin unable to shed dark blotches, sun damage, or a dull complexion. However, a light chemical peel can help this process along by removing layers of dead, dry cells so that your skin can rejuvenate and turnover new, healthy cells. This process is achieved by applying a specific chemical solution to the skin for a short period of time, which exfoliates the skin and leaves a smooth, rejuvenated layer.

Light chemical peel treatments

There are many different types of solutions that can be used for an effective light chemical peel, and can be customized to your skin’s specific needs. Our skincare specialists can help you choose from the following options.

Glycolic Acid

This alpha-hydroxy acid derived from sugar cane and fruit can be a regular part of your at-home regimen, but a more concentrated version can produce great results during a chemical peel. This treatment can reduce fine lines and sun damage, also improving tone and texture if you experience dryness. A glycolic acid treatment results in little flaking or peeling and requires minimal downtime, making it a great addition to your regular regimen. We recommend patients undergo a series of four treatments spaced three weeks apart for best results.

Mandelic Acid

An alpha-hydroxy acid derived from almonds, this treatment can effectively reduce redness and rosacea, as well as calm acne-prone skin and reduce the appearance of pores. We recommend a series of four treatments spaced ten days apart, meaning this treatment is mild and requires minimal downtime. Most patients experience very little flaking after treatment.

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Pyruvic Acid

This alpha-hydroxy acid is naturally found in honey and apples, and can have excellent anti-aging benefits. This treatment can stimulate your body’s production of collagen, elastin, and glycoproteins, reducing the appearance of aging signs and blemishes or pigment. We recommend a series of four peels spaced at three weeks apart, and patients usually experience little flaking between treatments.

Salicylic Acid

A beta-hydroxy acid derived from willow tree bark, this treatment can be a highly-effective treatment for acne-prone skin. Most patients achieve reduced oil production and anti-acne benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal effects. We recommend this treatment as an effective part of your anti-acne at-home care, with a series of four peels spaced at ten days apart. This treatment produces little to no flaking.

Recovery and results

Light chemical peels usually require little downtime and can be an effective deep-treatment as part of your skincare regimen. As with most skin treatments, it’s important to avoid sun exposure after treatment and check with our skincare specialists before using skincare products. You may experience some mild redness that looks like sunburn, but this usually subsides quickly.

If you’re interested in learning how you can benefit from light peel treatments, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.


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