Chemical / Silk Peels

Chemical Peels

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peeling is used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin by applying a chemical solution. This will cause the top layers of the skin to separate and “peel” off. Ultimately, the result will be a smoother, less pigmented skin surface. There are three levels of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep. The superficial and medium peels work on the epidermis. Deeper peels go into the dermal layer or reticular layer.

What can a chemical peel do?

  • Fade and eliminate skin discolorations such as sunspots, freckles, and blotchiness.
  • Treat mild acne scarring and certain types of acne.
  • Decrease fine lines found around the eyes and mouth.
  • Improve and refresh the skin’s texture color.

How are chemical peels performed?

  • Clean the skin with an agent that removes excess oils; eyes and hair are protected.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to protect lips and corner of nose.
  • Apply the chemical to the designated location (face, neck, chest, hands, arms or legs) using the appropriate solution.
  • You may feel a warm to hot sensation that will last five to ten minutes. You could also experience some mild stinging.

What are the types of peels?

  • Glycolic Acid (AHA)
  • Salicylic Acid (BHA)
  • Vitalize Peel (a special formulation peel from SkinMedica)
  • Rejuvenize Peel (a deeper combination peel from SkinMedica)
  • Jessner’s Peel (a combination of salicyclic acid, resorcinol and lactic acid mixed in ethanol)
  • TCA (Trichloracetic Acid)

What should I expect after the treatment?

Depending upon the peel treatment you receive you will have a sunburn-like appearance that may last three to seven days. This depends on your skin type and the depth of the peel. The “peeling” process typically begins on day three; but this can vary and will last for five to seven days. It is vital that you moisturize and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher daily.

Are there any side effects?

If you have a history of fever blisters please notify the physician so that we can pre-treat with an anti-viral prior to the peel. Please notify the nurse or physician if you have a history of keloid scars also. Although the risk is low there is a possible risk of hypopigmentation (loss of color) or hyperpigmentation (increase of color). You also may have an increased risk if you take birth control pills or have been recently pregnant. As with everything at Ark-La-Tex Dermatology, our physicians carefully assess your skin and your medical histroy to determine what is appropriate for you, specifically. We want you to have the best possible outcome and care.

What can a chemical peel not do?

  • Tighten loose or sagging skin
  • Remove broken blood vessels
  • Eliminate deep scars
  • Change pore size, although it can improve the appearance of the pores

Ark-La-Tex Dermatology offers a range of peels, including the Skin Medica line. We use a variety of acid strengths which are designed to produce various degrees of exfoliation based on your individual needs.

If you are interested in a chemical peel, please call one of our two convenient locations in Shreveport and Bossier City. Our physicians and staff will help you to customize the best plan to help you meet your skin care goals.