Chemical Peels

Dermatology located in Fairfax, VA

If you have signs of damaged skin, chemical peels are a wonderful solution for addressing your concerns. At Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax in Fairfax, Virginia, the board-certified dermatologists have the expertise and experience to administer chemical peels, giving you a fresh, renewed appearance. To learn more about chemical peels and find out if they’re right for you, book an appointment today by phone or online.

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels are cosmetic procedures designed to improve the texture and appearance of the skin by applying a chemical solution to the skin's surface. 

These peels treat issues such as:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Acne scars
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Sun damage

Chemical peels come in varying strengths, allowing for customization based on individual skin concerns and desired outcomes.

Are chemical peels safe?

The Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax providers are experts in providing the utmost safety precautions for all patients. They oversee and monitor factors like the type and strength of the peel, your skin type, and proper application. 

You can rely on the team’s training and experience to minimize potential risks.

How do chemical peels work?

Your Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax provider applies a chemical solution to the skin, which induces controlled exfoliation and peeling of the outermost layer. 

The depth of the peel depends on the type of chemicals used, with the following types available:

Superficial peels

Superficial peels often utilize alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic or lactic acid, targeting the outer layer of the skin. 

Medium peels

These peels use trichloroacetic acid (TCA), which penetrates deeper into the skin. 

Deep peels

These peels typically use phenol, which reaches even further to address more severe skin issues.

What are the benefits of chemical peels?

Chemical peels offer many benefits, including:

  • Promote exfoliation
  • Remove dead skin cells
  • Stimulate the regeneration of new, healthier skin
  • Offer a smoother complexion
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Improve skin texture
  • Treat acne scars
  • Reduce pigmentation irregularities

Chemical peels can also enhance the effectiveness of skincare products, such as DermaGlow, by improving their absorption into the skin.

Can chemical peels prevent skin issues?

The answer is yes. Chemical peels not only provide aesthetic benefits but also contribute to skin health. 

They can help control acne breakouts by reducing excess oil production and unclogging pores. They also may stimulate collagen production, providing a subtle tightening effect and promoting overall skin elasticity.

Do chemical peels have side effects?

Potential side effects include redness, peeling, and temporary sensitivity, which typically subside as the skin heals. Patients should follow post-treatment instructions diligently, including sun protection, to optimize results and minimize complications. 

To book a consultation to find out if chemical peels are right for you, call or use the online scheduling tool today.