David Rasmussen, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Chemical Peel

Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are used to improve the appearance of the skin.  It uses a chemical solution that causes the skin to blister and eventually peel off.  Usually, the new skin will be smoother and less wrinkled.  Chemical peels are usually done on the face, neck or hands; they can treat wrinkles, improve the appearance of scars, treat certain kinds of acne, improve the skin, and reduce age spots.  Notably, the skin will be more sensitive to the sun after a chemical peel, so wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen daily is recommended; a hat is also recommended.  Generally, the more fair-skinned and light-haired a patient is, the better effect a chemical peel will have.  Discuss with your doctor before attempting a chemical peel.  

Is a chemical peel right for you?

  • Do you want smoother skin?
  • Does your face have wrinkles, acne, or age spots?
  • Are you comfortable with having to use sunscreen after a chemical peel?