Chemical Peel Treatment in Dallas, Texas

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What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a type of cosmetic skin treatment that can help improve the look of aging by exposing certain layers of the skin to chemicals. These chemicals cause some of the skin’s layers to peel away and can leave behind more youthful-looking, fresh skin. There are three different general kinds of skin chemical peels:

Light Chemical Peels

As the name suggests, a light chemical peel is the lightest form of chemical peel, which targets only the outermost layer of your skin. Many choose a light chemical peel because it does the least amount of damage to the skin. However, light chemical peels are unable to target deep wrinkles or age marks because they do not go below the skin’s outer surface.

Medium Chemical Peels

A medium chemical peel takes the light peel a step further, going all the way through the skin’s outer surface and into the deeper layers of skin. This kind of chemical peel can target deeper, more noticeable signs of aging like frown lines, skin discoloration, and age spots. Patients may choose this kind of chemical peel if they are looking for a more dramatic improvement, but do not want a deep chemical peel.

Deep chemical peels

Finally, a deep chemical peel is the most dramatic kind of chemical peel that a dermatologist offers. Deep chemical peels go deep below the skin’s surface and can target deep laugh lines, acne scars, and other deep scars. This kind of chemical peel is preferred when patients are looking for a stronger, more intense treatment option.

Is a chemical peel painful?

Most people feel minor irritation during and after their chemical peel procedure. In most cases, irritation includes itching, peeling, redness, or stinging in the treatment area. Additionally, for those who undergo a deeper chemical peel, including those that are categorized as a medium or deep peel, may experience more discomfort than those who choose a light chemical peel.

How long do chemical peels last?

A chemical peel offers you permanent improvements in skin tone and youthfulness. However, your skin is still subject to further sun damage and natural aging following your procedure, so you may experience new skin imperfections over time. Talk to your dermatologist to learn more about how to avoid skin damage after your chemical peel or to find out if a repeat chemical peel is right for you.

What happens during a chemical peel?

You can have a chemical peel done during a short office visit with your dermatologist. There’s no need to stay overnight at a hospital for a chemical peel.

Before the treatment begins, your dermatologist will carefully clean the affected skin for the best results. Then, your dermatologist will gently apply the chemical solution to your skin, which will vary depending on the type of peel you are having (light, medium, or deep). Once the entire treatment area is covered, you’ll likely feel tingling or burning sensations for a few minutes. If you are undergoing a deep chemical peel, you may be given pain medicine to help you tolerate the stinging.

After your chemical peel, you can return to your normal activities, although you will experience facial redness and possible peeling for the next several days.

How long does peeling last after a chemical peel?

Typically, peeling lasts for 3 to 7 days for a light peel. For deeper peels, the peeling could last for 7 to 14 days. Talk to your dermatologist before your chemical peel to understand exactly what you can expect from your chemical peel. Remember, each type of chemical peel can have slightly different results and timelines.

Is it safe to do a chemical peel?

When performed by a licensed medical professional with experience in chemical peel procedures, this cosmetic treatment is a safe and effective option for patients looking to reduce the signs of aging in the face. However, there are some possible complications to be aware of, including:

  • Low risk of scarring
  • Temporary or permanent changes to skin color
  • Possible cold sores (for those with a history of outbreaks)

Talk to your dermatologist for a more complete list of possible side effects of a chemical peel. Always be sure to ask your doctor about concerns you have or past medical conditions that may affect your skin’s reaction to cosmetic treatments.

Do chemical peels make you break out?

If you experience acne breakouts or acne scarring, a chemical peel might be a good option for long-lasting improvement to your skin. However, those who are using a chemical peel to treat acne often find that their acne gets worse before it gets better. Redness, itching, and irritation are common in the days following your peel as your skin reacts to the chemicals and begins the recovery process.

What is the strongest chemical peel?

The strongest form of chemical peel is the deep chemical peel, which can include trichloroacetic acid and phenol, penetrates through the skin and targets its deepest layers. The deep chemical peel is able to reduce the look of deep scars, lines, and wrinkles that are beyond the skin’s top layers.


If you are interested in chemical peels to help reduce signs of aging or other cosmetic skin imperfections, a consultation with an experienced dermatologist may be the first step towards helping restore the appearance and health of your skin. At Dermatology Treatment and Research Center, our board-certified physicians hold expertise in clinical, cosmetic, and general dermatology and are ready to provide you with high-quality expert care in a friendly and compassionate atmosphere. Call 972.661.2729 or fill out the form on this page to book an appointment.