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Chemical peels are the application of glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and occasionally trichloracetic acid (TCA) to peel off the outer layers of the skin to reveal fresher, smoother skin.
- What can I expect during the procedure?
The skin is cleansed to remove any make-up and excess oil. The pre-selected chemical peel is carefully applied. There may be a few minutes of minor stinging that then resolves quickly after cool compresses are applied.
- What will I look like after the peel?
Most of our peels are ‘lunchtime’ peels with minimal downtime. You will be pink for 2-3 days after most peels with a few days of flaking. Some peels will cause a week of peeling but that would be specified before the treatment. You can apply sunscreen and make-up immediately after most of our chemical peels.
- How many chemical peels do I need?
We typically recommend 3-6 peels spaced 2-4 weeks apart for the lighter peels. This will be discussed in detail with the physician based on your areas of concern. Maintenance is tailored to each patient, and is recommended.
- What are the side effects?
Light chemical peels are very safe when applied by a well trained provider. If the patient has a strong history of cold sores, treatment with Valtrex after procedure is recommended.
- Am I thinning my skin with chemical peels?
No, chemical peels are removing the very top layer of skin which is quickly regenerated. The peeling activity stimulates collagen which keeps the skin looking radiant and bright.
- What is my skincare before and after the peel?
Retinoic acid or glycolic acid home products should not be used for 3 days before or after a peel. Also, patients should use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer for 3-5 days after a peel.
We are located in Green Spring Station, a Johns Hopkins outpatient satellite, in Lutherville, Maryland, just north of the city of Baltimore. The Center is off the Baltimore Beltway 695 (exit 23B) and the Jones Falls Expressway (Rt. 83). Our practice is in Pavilion I, Suite 350. Free parking is available.
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