Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

A chemical skin peel can dramatically improve the look and feel of the skin on your face, neck, or hands.

Using a specially designed chemical solution, our team of Salem or Wilsonville skin care technicians will gently apply the solution to the desired treatment area. After a few minutes, the solution will stimulate the separation of the old top layer of skin from the fresh, healthier area that lies beneath. Our technicians will then peel off the outer layer to reveal the smoother, less wrinkled skin that will provide your appearance with a renewed glow of vitality.

Chemical peels make a great choice for patients looking to:

  • Reduce fine lines found around the mouth and under the eyes.
  • Treat wrinkles caused by aging and sun exposure.
  • Improve the appearance of minor scars and facial blemishes.
  • Treat certain types of acne.
  • Reduce the appearance of freckles and age spots.
  • Improve the healthy vitality and appearance of skin.

Contact our office today to schedule a chemical peel with one of our Salem or Wilsonville skin care technicians to get the younger, healthier look you deserve!

What to do Before Getting a Chemical Peel

Make sure to tell your skin care specialist if you have any history of recurring cold sores, scarring, or facial trauma.

Before you receive a chemical peel, your skin care specialist may ask that you stop taking certain types of medication and prepare your skin for the peel by using any recommended treatment agents, such as Renova, Retin-A, or glycolic acid.

It’s important that you work with your technician to determine the depth of your peel. Making this decision will depend on the current health of your skin and your treatment goals.

The Chemical Peel Process

Chemical peels at our Salem dermatology office or Wilsonville dermatology office are a safe and simple outpatient procedure.

The skin care technician that handles your peel will begin your treatment by providing your skin with a thorough cleaning. The technician will then apply one or more chemical solutions to small areas of your skin.

During your treatment, you may experience a slight burning sensation that lasts between 5 to 10 minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Applying a cool compress on the treated skin can help to ease any stinging you may feel. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help alleviate any discomfort you may experience following the procedure.

What to Expect After Your Treatment

Depending on the type of chemical peel you receive, your skin may develop a reaction similar to a sunburn following the procedure. Skin often becomes red and slightly irritated after a peel, but should return to normal after three to seven days following a mild peel. You may repeat a mild peel once every one-to-four weeks until your skin achieves the desired look.

Deep and medium-deep peels may cause some slight swelling and blistering of the skin that may peel off, turn brown, break, or flake over the next one to two weeks following your procedure. Deep to medium-deep peels can be repeated once every six to 12 months, if needed.

It’s important to avoid the sun for several months following a chemical peel as your new skin is delicate and can be easily damaged by excessive sun exposure.

Best Candidates for the Procedure

To determine if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel, the best thing to do is give us a call for a free consult. Our skilled technicians are happy to help!

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