Who Can Get Chemical Peels?

At Dundee Dermatology in West Dundee, IL, we offer chemical peels, also known as medical facials, to quickly and non-invasively resurface and refresh the skin. Patients who want a solution to improve specific skin concerns may benefit from a treatment plan with a light or medium peel to safely exfoliate their complexion and achieve a visibly healthy, bright glow.

Who Can Get Chemical Peels?

One of the reasons that chemical peels are so popular is that they can be customized to the needs of each patient. Younger, middle-aged, and older patients can all benefit from a chemical peel, regardless of skin type or tone. Even those with sensitive skin may qualify for treatment and benefit from a lighter peel with the right combination of ingredients that won’t end up irritating the skin and causing inflammation and adverse reactions.

Patients with already healthy and clear skin can add this treatment to their routine to maintain skin health, as can those with specific skin concerns like lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, poor skin texture, large pores, and a generally dull complexion.

Determining Whether You’re a Good Treatment Candidate

A pre-treatment consultation is an important first step in the treatment process that allows us to evaluate your skin and primary concerns so that we can then confirm your treatment eligibility and design your treatment plan. We will design a custom-tailored skincare routine that meets your needs and helps you achieve your healthiest skin yet.

Chemical Peel FAQs

How Do They Work?

Chemical peels contain a combination of skin-safe acids that dissolve the top layer when applied directly onto the skin. Depending on the strength of the peel, these acids may dissolve the deeper layers to target more stubborn skin concerns or the advanced signs of aging. Once applied to the skin, they dissolve dead and damaged skin cells and, once removed, reveal a healthier, fresher layer of skin.

What Can They Treat?

Chemical peels can help solve several skin conditions that detract from the skin’s natural beauty, including uneven pigmentation, acne blemishes, sun-damaged skin, and the various signs of aging. Chemical peels can also brighten a dull complexion and improve skin health through chemical exfoliation.

Our Light Peels

Light peels are the least intense chemical peels that are designed to gently resurface and exfoliate the skin. These peels are often a good solution for those who’ve never undergone a chemical peel before, those with sensitive skin, or those who want a light treatment with minimal downtime.

The treatment takes 30 minutes from start to finish, and patients may notice some dryness in flaking after the treatment, which will subside relatively quickly. Patients can add light peels to their normal monthly skincare routine to maintain healthy skin year-round.

Our Medium Peels

A medium peel uses stronger concentrations of acids to exfoliate the skin. These acids reach deeper than the skin’s top layer and are a good solution for patients with more advanced skin concerns.

A medium peel takes 30 minutes from start to finish, and patients will need to plan around minimal downtime post-treatment. Before undergoing treatment, we will evaluate your skin and learn more about your treatment goals so we can determine whether a medium feel is right for you.

How Often Can I Schedule Peels?

Depending on your skin, you may benefit from a light or medium chemical peel. Your treatment plan will look different depending on which treatment is right for you. We will consider different factors when designing your chemical peel treatment plan, including your primary skin concerns, your skincare goals, and whether your skin is sensitive, dry, oily, or normal.

Since different patients can handle different types of peels, we will need to evaluate your skin and then design your treatment plan accordingly.

Can I Combine Treatments?

You can combine chemical peels with other skin care treatments. Our goal is to help you address your specific skin concerns while recommending the right treatments to promote a healthy complexion that you can enjoy year-round.

During your initial consultation, we will give you more details about additional skin care treatments that may benefit you, and if you qualify for treatment, schedule them accordingly.

Are There Post-Treatment Instructions?

After your treatment, you will need to follow some post-treatment instructions to care for your skin as it heals. We will give you details and instructions about how to do so, including what products to discontinue temporarily and which product to apply to maintain adequate skin hydration and nourish that new, younger layer of skin.

You must avoid the sun after your treatment as the younger layer of skin will be more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays. Apply sunscreen to avoid any sun damage before going into the sun.

Add a Chemical Peel to Your Skincare Routine

If you live in the Elgin, South Elgin, West Dundee, Carpentersville, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Huntley, St. Charles, or Geneva area and are interested in adding a chemical peel to your skincare routine to exfoliate your complexion, target specific skin concerns, and promote overall skin health, we can help. Contact us today at Dundee Dermatology in West Dundee, IL to learn more about our skincare services and schedule your initial consultation.