New Year, New Skin: Start the Year Off Glowing with a Chemical Peel

Man and woman at a New Year's Party New Year, New Skin: Start the Year Off Glowing with a Chemical Peel

New year, new you--what better way to put a fresh face forward than with radiant skin? As the ball drops this New Year’s Eve, you can feel confident and glowing with a chemical peel facial treatment. This guide will break down the basics of this cosmetic dermatology service, so you can decide whether this treatment is right for you.

What to Know About Chemical Peels

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

A chemical peel is an exfoliation treatment that removes the outer layer of the skin. The skin then regenerates to create a smooth and bright appearance. During the treatment, a dermatologist will cleanse the skin and apply a chemical solution. After leaving the solution in place for a set amount of time, they will neutralize and remove it. Your dermatologist will apply a cool compress to the skin as a final step.

While chemical peels have few side effects, you might experience some redness and dryness immediately after your appointment. You will notice your skin starting to flake and peel off in the weeks following treatment. Crusting and swelling is also possible after deeper peels. Remember that your skin will be more sensitive to the sun during this time. Be sure to wear SPF and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

Is a Chemical Peel Right for You?

Your dermatologist will determine whether you’re a candidate for a chemical peel. Chemical peels can treat a variety of issues, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Certain types of acne
  • Acne scars
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Sun damage

Dermatologist chemical peels are available in several depths, and a dermatologist will recommend a peel based on your specific skin needs. The depths include:

  • Light Peels: Your dermatologist may recommend a light, or superficial, peel to address acne, fine lines, and generally uneven skin tone. This peel will remove the upper layer of the skin, which is called the epidermis. You may need to make appointments every few weeks to see consistent results.
  • Medium Peels: Medium chemical peels go deeper than a light peel, reaching the middle layer of the skin. Dermatologists may recommend this level of peel to treat issues like more pronounced wrinkles, pigmentation issues, and acne scars.
  • Deep Peels: Deep peels will result in more flaking and peeling following treatment, but you’ll likely only need to book this treatment once. Patients with more serious skin issues like sun damage, precancerous growths, and deep wrinkles.

Chemical peels are an effective treatment for many skin issues, but they aren’t a solution for every issue. If you have concerns like sagging skin, pronounced wrinkles, and stubborn pigmentation issues, your dermatologist may recommend another treatment. Dermal fillers can be more effective at filling in wrinkles and restoring facial volume, and laser treatments may be necessary for more pronounced pigmentation issues and scarring.


If you’re ready to start the new year with your best skin ever, contact the team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists. We’re proud to offer chemical peels at our dermatology and cosmetic center, as well as other cosmetic, medical, and surgical services to support your skin health. With locations in Montebello, CA and other nearby communities, our skin experts are currently accepting patients around the Greater Los Angeles Area.

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