Ross Dermatology

Chemical Peel

Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in San Antonio, Seguin and LaVernia, TX
Chemical Peel

Chemical Peel services offered in San Antonio, Seguin and LaVernia, TX

If you have wrinkles, brown spots, or other skin-related imperfections, consider a chemical peel. A prescription-strength chemical peel can transform your skin, ensuring you look and feel your best. At Ross Dermatology, medical dermatologists Kim Ross, MD, Ronald Davis, MD, and the team use chemical peels to treat various issues, including acne scars, melasma, and sun damage. To make an appointment, call the nearest office in San Antonio, Seguin, or La Vernia, Texas, or book online today.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic solution that your Ross Dermatology specialist applies to your face, hands, neck, or chest. After sitting for a while, the solution causes your skin to exfoliate and peel. The new skin underneath is smoother and blemish-free, helping you look younger and more vibrant.

What types of skin problems can a chemical peel treat?

At Ross Dermatology, the team uses chemical peels to treat various skin problems, including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation (discoloration)
  • Scars
  • Melasma

You might also benefit from a chemical peel if you have red skin or an uneven skin tone.

Are there different types of chemical peels?

At Ross Dermatology, the team offers several types of chemical peels, including:

Superficial chemical peels

A superficial chemical peel uses a gentle solution, like alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). These peels only cause the outermost layer of your skin to exfoliate and peel.

Medium chemical peels

A medium chemical peel uses a stronger solution, like glycolic acid. Medium peels cut through the middle layers of skin, minimizing the appearance of deeper blemishes.

Deep chemical peels

If you have noticeable acne scars or significant skin discoloration, your Ross Dermatology specialist might recommend a deep chemical peel. A deep chemical peel fully penetrates the middle layer of your skin, eradicating damaged skin cells.

What happens during a chemical peel?

During a chemical peel, you lie down on your back on an exam table. Your Ross Dermatology specialist asks you to put your hair up and has you put on a pair of protective glasses. Next, your specialist washes your face and applies a topical anesthetic.  

After the anesthetic sets in and you’re comfortable, they apply a chemical solution, like glycolic acid, to the area of skin being treated. 

After the chemical peel sits for a while, your skin turns white, exfoliates, and peels away. Then, your Ross Dermatology specialist carefully removes the skin and applies a neutralizing solution.

What is recovery like after a chemical peel?

After a chemical peel, it’s normal to experience dry skin, redness, stinging, and burning. It takes anywhere from one to two weeks for new skin to form, depending on the type of chemical peel you underwent. 

During your recovery, follow your Ross Dermatology specialist’s instructions carefully. They’ll tell you how to wash your face and which products to use to speed up your body’s healing process.

To see if you can benefit from a chemical peel, make an appointment at Ross Dermatology by calling the nearest office or booking online today.