​Chemical Peel Facts and Myths

15 December 2016

    1. Chemical Peels can peel the signs of aging from your skin. FACT

    Dermatologists use chemical peels to do just this. A chemical peel can diminish many signs of aging on the face, hands, neck and chest. 

    2. Chemical Peels are only for old, again skin. MYTH

    Chemical Peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:

    • Acne Scars
    • Aging Skin
    • Crow’s feet
    • Scars
    • Sun damaged skin
    • Sagging skin
    • Wrinkles
    • Freckles
    • Melasma
    • Fine lines around the eyes and mouth

    3. Chemical peels are painful. MYTH

    Chemical peels sting, but do not cause a great deal of pain. After treatments, there maybe redness and irritation, depending on the strength of the peel used. Creams and gels used post treatment will help to ease and reduce these effects.

    4. Some patients are not good candidates for Chemical Peels. FACT

    The procedure is not recommended for patients who are: 

    • Pregnant or nursing
    • Have taken Accutane in the last 6 months
    • Have used a prescription grade retinol in the last 48 hours
    • Have a sunburn
    • Have cut skin
    • Have skin infections
    • Have dark skin
    • A consultation is recommended to see if you are a candidate.

    5. It is important to have your Chemical Peel administered in a Dermatology Practice. FACT

    Not all offices are the same. Dermatologists are the experts in skin and specialize in all skin care procedures, including chemical peels. If administered incorrectly, negative side effects can result. At Dermatology San Antonio, all chemical peels are administered by skin care experts in a controlled environment to produce the greatest possible outcomes for our patients.