Chemical Peel in Portland, OR

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a chemical solution that is used to remove the outer layer of skin cells, leaving you with smooth and evenly textured skin. For fine wrinkles and uneven pigmentation, a light chemical peel is used; deep wrinkles and acne scars are healed with a medium peel; while a deeper chemical peel helps you with blotches, damage due to excessive exposure to the sun, and pre-cancerous growth. This treatment can take 30 minutes to two hours to complete, depending on the extensiveness of the peel.

Am I a good candidate for a chemical peel?

If you have sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, blotchiness, skin discolorations, brown spots, uneven skin due to scars, or any precancerous skin growth, you are likely an ideal candidate for a chemical peel. Like any other cosmetic procedure, you should be in general good health and have realistic expectations.

It is important to remember that you are not a good candidate for a chemical peel if you have a history of abnormal scarring or pigmentation or if you have facial warts or freckled skin and red hair. This treatment is also not advisable if you have a darker skin tone or have been using certain acne treatments within the last year.

What is the recovery time?

The recovery time from a chemical peel depends on the kind of peel used. A light peel will leave you with some redness, stinging, irritation, and flaking skin, however, no downtime is required. A deeper peel can cause swelling, redness, and discomfort, and requires a two-week recovery period since you may be sedated during treatment and your activities will be restricted. Patients should avoid direct or indirect sunlight until all redness of the skin has healed. Sunscreen should always be worn when outdoors to protect the skin. Sunglasses should also be worn if the area around the eyes has been treated.

What will be my results from a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is the perfect non-surgical way for patients in Vancouver, Washington to restore a healthy, youthful, radiant, and luminous appearance. The color and texture of your skin becomes even when the top layer of your skin is peeled away.

If you are interested in improving your complexion with a chemical peel, please contact our office today! We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have!