Chemical peels come in a variety of formulations, strengths, and depths. As such, the plethora of options can sometimes be intimidating and cause patients to wonder: Which chemical peel is right for me?

To help you make a well-informed decision, continue reading to learn about the different types of chemical peels and how they can improve the health and appearance of your skin.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a noninvasive cosmetic treatment that uses different chemical solutions in order to remove dead skin cells and reveal a smoother, clearer, and more radiant complexion.

Medical-grade chemical peels are far more potent and effective than at-home preparations and may include glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, trichloroacetic acid, and phenol. Accordingly, they should be administered by a board-certified dermatologist or certified aesthetician. 

Possible treatment areas include the face, neck, chest, and other parts of the body.

What Concerns Can a Chemical Peel Address?

Chemical peels are extremely versatile. They can penetrate different layers of skin and target a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Unevenness
  • Roughness
  • Dullness
  • Scars
  • Melasma
  • Redness
  • Sun damage

Which Chemical Peel Is Right for Me?

If you’re wondering – Which chemical peel is right for me? – it’s important to familiarize yourself with the three main categories of chemical peels.

Superficial peels are often comprised of an alpha-hydroxy acid and designed to target the outermost layer of skin.

Medium peels may include trichloroacetic acid or glycolic acid. They have the ability to exfoliate the epidermis and target damage in the middle layer of skin.

Deep peels are usually made of trichloroacetic acid or phenol. Unlike superficial and medium peels, they can deeply penetrate the entire middle layer of skin and repair tissue on a cellular level.

Considering a Chemical Peel?

Are you still wondering: Which chemical peel is right for me? An in-person consultation with a skincare specialist is the best way to determine the chemical peel that is well-suited to your individual needs and goals.

Please call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly-skilled and talented providers.

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