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How Long Do Chemical Peels Last?

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When it comes to skin care, we all want products, treatments, and aesthetic care that can make our skin feel and look great—and provide lasting results. Chemical peels have become a popular form of aesthetic treatment for a reason.

These treatments can help reveal your skin’s beauty and help eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and dead skin cells. However, before investing in these peels, you should know how long the results can last.

Light peels produce temporary results that typically last 1-2 months, while medium peels may last up to 6 months. Deep chemical peels may have longer-lasting results but can carry more risks and involve a more extended recovery time. 

What Are Chemical Peels?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that involves applying a chemical solution to a targeted area to exfoliate your skin. The new skin that grows back is often smoother and more rejuvenated.

Chemical peels can be applied to the face, hands, and neck to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage.

Types of Chemical Peels and How Long They Last

The length of time the results of a chemical peel lasts can vary depending on the type of peel, the depth of the treatment, and your individual skin characteristics.

Light Chemical Peels

Light chemical peels are the least intensive form of chemical peel available. They typically use alpha-hydroxy acids, such as glycolic or lactic acid.

These peels remove only the outermost layer of skin cells and do not penetrate deeply. For this reason, the results of a light peel typically last 1-2 months. 

Medium Chemical Peels

A medium chemical peel may involve the application of glycolic or trichloroacetic acid (TCA). It is left on for sufficient time to allow it to reach and remove damaged skin cells from the skin’s outer layer (epidermis) and upper portions of the middle (dermal) layers.

These peels can remove damaged skin cells and stimulate collagen production to improve skin tone and texture. Results from medium peels can last 2-6 months, and the results may continue to improve for several months after the treatment.

Deep Chemical Peels

A deep chemical peel is an option that can provide dramatic results.

This peel reaches the lower middle layer of your skin and may be recommended for those with moderate lines and wrinkles, extensive sun damage, and deep acne scars. Recovery time for deep chemical peels is longer, and there are specific instructions for pretreatment that your doctor will provide.

Are Chemical Peels Safe?

Chemical peels are safe when performed by board-certified dermatologists, licensed healthcare providers, plastic surgeons, or trained skin care providers. It is important to follow the recovery instructions given to you by your treatment provider carefully.

A close-up of a young female face with her skin started to peel after chemical peeling treatment.

What to Expect During & After Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be quite convenient regarding what is required from you. The duration of the procedures typically ranges from 30 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the type of peel you are getting.

Light chemical peels have minimal downtime, while medium and deep chemical peels may require 2-3 weeks for recovery.

Book an Appointment Today and Rediscover Your Natural Beauty with Eye Lab

A chemical peel can be an effective treatment for helping you achieve your skin care goals. Depending on the type of peel, results can last anywhere from 1-2 months (light peels) to 6 months (medium peels) or longer (deep peels).

The experienced team at Eye Lab is here to help bring your inner beauty to the forefront while taking comfort, convenience, and safety into account.

If you want to make peace with your skin with our products and treatments, book a consultation with our team today!

Eye doctor in Scottsdale, Serena Shao

Written by Dr. Serena Shao

Dr. Serena Shao was born and raised in southern California. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California San Diego in 2013. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Shao left sunny San Diego to pursue her dream in Chicago, where she obtained her Doctor of Optometry at Illinois College of Optometry in 2018.

Dr. Shao holds extensive clinical experience, including refractive and contact lens evaluation as well as the treatment of ocular pathology. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

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