Chemical peels are an extremely popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin. Over time, factors such as sun damage, heredity, diet, and repetitive muscle movement contribute to the formation of lines and wrinkles in the face. Additionally, the development of pigmentation irregularities or acne scarring can cause skin to lose its smooth, youthful appearance. Often performed on the face, neck, and hands, various types of chemical skin peels can reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven pigmentation.

In a chemical peel treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it “blister” and eventually peel off. That might sound scary, but the goal is to remove the dead, dull skin cells that aren’t doing your skin any favors! After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, regardless of skin types. You should wear sunscreen every day, and it should say “broad-spectrum” on the label. A skin peel facial is generally the best treatment for fair-skinned and light-haired patients, but everyone can benefit from the results of a chemical peel, like the reduction of acne scarring and fine lines. One of the main reasons chemical peels are so popular is because they’re a completely non-invasive procedure, but people see serious results after just a single chemical peel.

Before and after picture of two women after receiving chemical peels.

Why Are Chemical Peels So Popular?

There’s a reason so many people are after a chemical peel treatment these days. Not only are chemical peels a fraction of the cost of other, more invasive treatments, but they’re quick and easy to do. In fact, a glycolic chemical peel is often nicknamed the “lunchtime peel”—because that’s how fast it is! You could get a chemical peel on your lunch break. Chemical peels are also good for all skin types, especially because your chemical peel expert at Spa Cahaba will know which solutions will work best for you. Even though you’re having a “peel,” you don’t have to worry about seeing any actual peeling after your treatment. This is a big advantage over other, similar procedures—because you’re busy! You might not have time to hide away until your face, neck, or hands are done peeling from your procedure. Just another reason they’re sometimes called the “lunchtime peel.” One of the best parts? Your skin care products will work better, too. After chemical peels, your dull surface cells will have been removed, and new, rejuvenated skin will take its place. Once those dead cells are removed, your favorite products will be able to penetrate your skin much more easily and completely. They’ll be able to do their job better, which is giving your face and neck everything they need!

What Kind of Improvements Can I Expect With These Medical Grade Chemical Peels?

Some of the most common results you’ll see after chemical peels are the softening of fine lines and wrinkles, the lightening of pigmentation (age spots or sun spots) and acne scars, increased skin moisture, the improvement of existing acne, and increased glow and radiance. The best part? Most of these results are immediate. Most people, even after just one chemical peel, notice that they have a healthy, radiant glow. They also notice a significant change in the texture of their skin—because all of the dull, dead skin cells have been removed.

How Chemical Peels Are Done

Chemical peels are an outpatient procedure, which means there’s no overnight stay. One of our Birmingham, AL experts will clean your skin thoroughly, then apply one or more chemical solutions to small areas of your skin. Chemical peel solutions can be glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid. Your chemical peel expert will carefully control the solutions. They’ll know how deep of a chemical peel you need, and work to let new, more youthful skin take place of damaged skin on the surface. That’s why you’ll need to avoid the sun after a chemical peel—your new, radiant skin will be fragile and sensitive!

What Won’t Chemical Peels Do?

Skin sags, skin bulges, and more severe skin wrinkles won’t see significant results with chemical peels—you may need other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures to see results with those kinds of skin issues. Our Birmingham, AL skin experts can work with you to figure out what treatment or procedure is best for you!

We offer the latest in peel technology. Let us customize your peel! With very minimal downtime, you can return to your daily schedule immediately after.