How a chemical peel works

Patients considering methods of treatment that can dramatically improve the appearance and the health of the skin should thinking about the benefits of having chemical peels performed. The chemical peel is a specialized treatment that is used to enhance skin’s texture and tone. With the use of customized ingredients, a dermatologist can apply and remove a chemical peel to address damaged skin and expose fresher, more youthful skin underneath.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a blend of special chemicals that are applied to the skin to activate the exfoliation process. When removed, it takes away the dead skin to reveal the next layer of skin. While this may sound painful or unpleasant, it is actually a relaxing experience for most of our patients. Dr. Fredric Stern first discusses with patients the conditions they would like to address to determine if a patient is a good fit for chemical peels. Then, the procedure is done right in the office and helps improve the skin’s overall appearance.

What can chemical peels treat?

With chemical peels, patients can slough dead skin cells from the superficial layer and help expose more beautiful, healthier skin underneath. In doing so, patients can address a wide range of conditions that may impact the skin, including:

  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Age spots/sun spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin discoloration/hyperpigmentation
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Crow’s feet and other signs of aging

Patients with conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema should avoid chemical peels as they can aggravate the condition instead of reducing it.

What types of chemical peels are available?

Dr. Fredric Stern is happy to offer a range of different strengths of chemical peels from superficial to deep. The deeper the peel, the more dramatic the results. Common ingredients used for chemical peels include:

  • TCA
  • Glycolic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Salicylic acid

Discuss your needs with a professional today

With Dr. Fredric Stern, patients in the area of Bellevue, WA and the surrounding communities have access to the best dermatological care. If you are considering chemical peels with our team, call us at (425) 455-9100 to request a consultation appointment. We are available to help new and existing patients at our quality facility located at 1370 116th Avenue, Suite #102.

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