Want to add chemical peels to your regular skincare routine, but not sure how often you should schedule a treatment?
We’re here to help. Take a look at our quick guide to how often you should get a chemical peel treatment!
Your Schedule for Light Chemical Peels
A light chemical peel (yes, there is such a thing!) is a good choice for someone who has mild skin issues that they want to fade. These complexion concerns could include:
- Mild wrinkles and lines
- Some light hyperpigmentation
- Minor acne scarring
- Minor skin tone and texture issues
- Dull skin
Most light chemical peels are composed of a fruit or salicylic acid, meaning patients can reasonably undergo this type of peel once per month. There’s usually minor redness and irritation after a light chemical peel, so you shouldn’t need any downtime after your treatment.
Your Timeline for Medium-Strength Chemical Peels
Medium peels are an excellent choice for people who need deeper exfoliation and want to see results a bit faster. A medium peel usually focuses on exfoliating away the top dermal layer, where skin damage is most prominent. Medium-strength peels typically contain glycolic acid, which is a good choice for treating:
- Acne scars
- Noticeable skin damage
- Uneven skin tone
- Dry or damaged skin texture
- And more
Medium-strength peels can be safely performed every four to six months.
How Often You Should Get Deep Chemical Peels
When you think of chemical peels, you may think of full-strength chemical peels – the kind that usually leads to redness, peeling, and scabbing for a week or two after treatment.
Full-strength chemical peels (or deep peels) aggressively treat moderate skin issues, like:
- Acne scarring
- Deep wrinkles and lines
- Significant hyperpigmentation
- Skin sagging
- And more
Deep peels require significant downtime (usually about one to two weeks off of work) and should only be performed every two to three years.
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