What Are They and How Do They Work

A chemical peel is a treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin on the face, neck, or hands to enhance its natural appearance. It is ideal for those who want to improve their overall skin color, clarity, tone, and texture.


Let’s explore the chemical peel process and why it’s beneficial for your skin:

What is a Chemical Peel

This spa treatment is a form of exfoliation that uses a chemical solution to remove the top layer of the skin. This allows the skin to grow back smoother and have a more youthful appearance. Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of concerns, including wrinkles and fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, scars, melasma, and uneven skin tone or redness. Depending on the strength of treatment you receive, you will generally experience dry or red skin and it may feel mildly irritated at first.

Types of Peels

Light Peel

This superficial peel removes the outer layer of the skin and can be used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness. During the treatment, you will feel a warming sensation or a slight sting as some describe it. The peel is then removed with cool water and a neutralizing agent. You can enjoy a light chemical peel every 2-5 weeks, depending on the desired results.

Medium Peel

This type of peel removes skin cells from the middle layer of skin, the dermis. It is designed to treat wrinkles, acne scars, or uneven skin tone. This peel uses trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to reach the middle layers of the skin, allowing a more effective treatment. You can repeat this peel every 6-9 months.

Deep Peel

If you are someone with deeper facial wrinkles, skin that’s been damaged by the sun, blotchy patches, or pre-cancerous growths, a deep chemical peel might be the solution for you. A chemical solution called phenol will be applied to the skin to penetrate to the bottom layer of your skin. A local anesthetic or sedative may be given to manage discomfort. Following the treatment, your skin will experience peeling, crusting, redness, and discomfort for days and/or weeks.


At the Idaho Skin Institute, Dr. Stoddard and his dermatology staff are dedicated to caring for all of your skin needs by offering medical and cosmetic solutions, which includes chemical peels!

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