Wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and facial scars can all be treated using a chemical peel. As the name states, a chemical peel is a procedure where a chemical substance is applied to a specific area to peel the upper layer of skin and reveal the new, healthier skin underneath. Chemical peels are usually performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands.

Types of Chemical Peels

A specially formulated chemical solution is applied to the skin which causes the upper layer to separate and peel off. Once the peeling process is complete, new skin will take its place and will look healthier and more youthful.

There are a few types of peels available to you depending on your specific needs. They range from light to strong and they can handle a variety of skin problems.

The alpha hydroxy acid peel or superficial peel is a more gentle peel that penetrates only the upper layer of the skin. The application of alpha hydroxy acid helps to exfoliate the dead and damaged skin cells and exposes a healthy layer of skin. The procedure is used to treat light wrinkles and mild skin discoloration.

Glycolic or trichloroacetic acids are used for a deeper chemical peel. These chemicals can penetrate up to the middle layer of skin. Medium peels are found to be effective in treating deeper wrinkles, fine lines, and skin pigmentation problems such as age spots and freckles.

For an even deeper peel, a phenol-croton oil is used. This procedure can only be used on the face and has shown dramatic results when it comes to treating facial scars.

All chemical peel treatments should be carried out by an experienced cosmetic doctor. Candidates should be forward about any medications they are taking and about any medical conditions or allergies they might have.

What to Expect

Depending on the condition of your skin and your desired results, your doctor will help you decide which option is the best course of action for your specific case.

During the procedure, the skin first has to be cleaned thoroughly. The chemical solution will then be applied after. You will experience a mild stinging sensation at this point which can be alleviated with the help of an ice pack. The new skin that is exposed will be very sensitive initially and will require care.

Avoiding exposure to sunlight without the proper proctection is a must for the next few months until the skin has healed completely. Applying moisturisers, sunscreen, and an antiseptic ointment will be required. For deeper chemical peels, bandages are applied to the face during the healing process.


Chemical peels have visible and remarkable results. Once your skin has healed completely, it will be much smoother, have fewer wrinkles, and a more even skin tone. Dark spots and scars are will be much lighter and in some cases, fade away. The treated skin appears vibrant and rejuvenated.

If you are planning on getting a chemical peel, you should consult an experienced doctor and find out the best procedure for your skin type and condition. Chemical peels have been shown to be highly effective in treating acne, scars, uneven skin tone, dark spots, wrinkles, and sun damage. There are many benefits to a chemical peel and younger, healthier looking skin is only one of them.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the procedure, contact our office to get started. With Dr. Hung William Song’s help, you can achieve the youthful look you desire safely, without any excessive downtime.