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Unlocking the Power of Chemical Peels: A Comprehensive Guide

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By Dr. Corey Hartman

The human dermis (skin) is not only the body’s largest organ, it’s also one of the most fascinating. In the past, you’ve watched your skin heal its own small cuts and bruises in real time. You’ve also watched your skin age over the years as it loses some of its natural healing properties. Ultimately, unlike other internal organs, you can literally watch your skin at work, noticing for yourself how truly “alive” it is.

As your own living armor, your skin takes a beating from all directions. Sun damage, lifestyle choices, and genetics all play a significant role in the preservation and quality of our skin. But in our later years, our skin needs encouragement to heal and restore itself as effectively as it can. This is where chemical peels come in.

What is a Chemical Peel?

At certain layers, your skin produces two naturally occurring healing agents called elastin and collagen. These healing agents not only repair new and old wounds, they also provide elasticity and durability to the skin. The production of both elastin and collagen responds to damage. Even truly minor damage creates an uptick in the production of these incredible substances.

Chemical peels are purpose-made solutions engineered to delve into certain layers of skin. In addition to clearing oils and toxins from the face, chemical peels also diver a bit deeper to clean pores and supercharge your elastin and collagen levels.

What do Chemical Peels Treat?

Chemical peels come in different varieties and strengths to achieve different results. Chemical peels have also become popular for the treatment of severe acne. By cleaning the face of the same oils and toxins responsible for the frequency and intensity of acne outbreaks, chemical peels can reduce painful outbreaks and even encourage old acne scars to heal.

Chemical peels can treat a number of skin issues, including:

  • Fine lines/wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Clogged pores
  • Acne outbreaks & acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Chronic redness
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Mottled or uneven skin tones


During your consultation at Skin Wellness Dermatology, we’ll discuss your goals, your desired improvements, and your concerns. Once we determine the appropriate strength of your chemical peel, we’ll recommend a number of treatments to clean, exfoliate, and rejuvenate your face, addressing one or several of your concerns.

Immediately after your chemical peel appointment, you should notice that your skin is smoother to the touch. After the mild redness and irritation subside (within hours or just a day) you’ll notice obvious improvement to the appearance, texture, and “glow” of your skin.

Chemical peel results typically last between 1-2 months. For acne sufferers, repeat appointments can drastically reduce the pain, frequency, and severity of outbreaks while also improving appearance.

Heal Better, Heal Brighter

Whether you’re interested in chemical peels for cosmetic or medical reasons, there’s little denying that the treatment can achieve a suite of results in just a little over an hour of your time. By making chemical peels a regular part of your routine, you could be saving yourself time and painful outbreaks throughout the year.

Schedule your consultation with Skin Wellness Dermatology today so that we can find the right chemical peel to match your needs and get you on the path to living better and living brighter.

Start your chemical peel journey with Skin Wellness Dermatology today!

For both medical and cosmetic purposes, chemical peels are safe, time-tested, and effective. Reduce fine lines and wrinkles, break up age spots, heal old wounds, and reduce the pain and anguish you feel with each intense acne outbreak with a chemical peel from Skin Wellness Dermatology. To schedule your consultation, visit us online or call us today at 205-871-7332.