We offer a wide range of peels from light “lunchtime” peels with minimal to no downtime to deeper peels for those who require a deeper rejuvenation, all in the comfort of our Beverly Hills office.
Chemical peels are a great solution to improve and smooth the texture of skin. During a facial chemical peel, a solution (Beta Peel or TCA) is applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells, leaving the skin looking healthy and glowing. The peel formula and strength differs from patient to patient, so Dermatologist Dr. Brian Dubow will suggest the best possible chemical peel face treatment for your specific needs.
Chemical Peel Strengths
Dr. Dubow Dermatology uses several different acids for chemical peels in order to give patients the best possible results. The mildest peel is the Beta Peel, which consists of 20% or 30% salicylic acid. After chemical peel, peeling normally starts in 2 days and is generally completed in 4-5 days, but visible peeling is usually minimal. The Beta Peel is ideal for those with acne concerns or someone looking for exfoliation to make the skin softer and smoother with a nice glow.
For skin that requires a more aggressive peel, stronger TCA peels can be used to treat deeper pigmentation issues (brown spots) and fine lines, as it is resurfaces the skin. After 2 days, the skin starts to darken and takes on a rough appearance. The skin usually starts to peel around day 3, and is often very dramatic in some areas. The peeling will last about 2-3 days and the skin can stay light pink for up to a couple weeks after. The peeling processing generally takes 7+ days.
Chemical Peel Frequently Asked Questions
What is a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, skin discoloration, age spots, dull skin texture, and mild scars by applying a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin and stimulate new skin growth. The new skin is usually smoother, less wrinkled, and more even in color. Additionally, many patients get a chemical peel for acne outbreaks or a deeper chemical peel for acne scars.
What is salicylic acid?
Salicylic acid is the most common Beta Hydroxy Acid used in chemical peels. Salicylic acid helps loosen and remove damaged skin cells, stimulates new cell production and increases collagen formation. Salicylic acid peels are great for treating acne. Dr. Dubow will help you decide which chemical peel option will best suit your needs.
How are chemical peels performed?
A chemical peel is performed in our office by one of our experienced staff members. First, your skin will be cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils. The peel will then be applied to your face, neck and/or chest. The amount of time the peel stays on varies from patient to patient.
How many chemical peels will I need?
Light, superficial peels are usually done several times over the course of several months, while deeper peels generally only need to be performed once to achieve the desired effects. Depending upon the strength of your peel, one patient may need only one treatment while another may require several treatments.
How long will the results of the chemical peel last?
It varies with the depth of the peel. Generally, deeper peels have longer lasting effects but require more recovery time. However, it is important to use a high quality broad-spectrum sunscreen to both protect your skin and maximize your peel's long-term results.
What can I expect after a chemical peel?
Downtime will differ depending on the strength of the chemical peel. For a light chemical peel, expect 4-5 days of very light peeling. This peeling is generally barely visible so you will be able to go about your daily activities without any worries. However, a deep chemical peel will require more downtime. It can take over a week for your skin to stop peeling, and your skin can remain slightly pink for a few weeks.
What is the cost of chemical peel?
Chemical peel costs vary depending upon the issues a patient is trying to treat. Please call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dubow.