Chemical Peel FAQs

Get the scoop on all things chemical peel, from the treatment, to the peeling process, to what results you can expect!

What does a chemical peel feel like?

You may feel a tingling or stinging sensation as the peel is applied. Lighter peels generally don’t require any anesthesia. Deeper peels may require a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable.

How do I know which chemical peel to get?

We offer a variety of light, medium, and deeper chemical peels at LJCMS, so there’s bound to be one that’s ideally suited to your needs. At your consultation, we will help you decide which peel is best for you.

What happens after a peel? Is there any downtime?

You may have no downtime at all, or you may need a few days for your skin to heal before you return to your full activity level. In general, the deeper the peel, the more downtime needed. It is essential to keep skin fully protected from the sun until your skin is fully healed. Your skin will be very sensitive during this time, and any sun exposure may cause permanent damage or discoloration.

Will I be able to go out in public after a chemical peel?

This depends on your comfort level. You can expect to have a red or sunburned appearance for several hours to several days, depending on the peel. Skin peeling typically begins a couple of days after treatment and continues for several days. The peeling process may be barely noticeable by others after a light peel, but discomfort and peeling are more pronounced after deeper peels.

When you do go out, it is very important to keep treated skin protected with broad-spectrum SPF and/or clothing.

How often should I get a chemical peel?

If you’re just hoping to get smoother skin and a nice glow for a special occasion, a single peel may be enough. If you’re hoping to treat specific skin concerns, a series of chemical peel treatments will likely be necessary to achieve satisfactory results. At your consultation, our aestheticians will help you get an idea of how many peels you may need.

What’s the difference between a chemical peel and a facial?

Peels and facials are very similar in that they use topical ingredients to exfoliate and condition the skin. The main distinction is that chemical peels remove the outer layers of skin using a chemical solution, while facials typically involve a more gentle conditioning treatment, either using physical abrasives (i.e., microdermabrasion), water jets (HydraFacial MD), or other means (Light Stim LED, Geneo, etc.).

Because they can be stronger and customized to remove skin layers to a precise depth, chemical peels are usually better for removing scars, age spots, and fine lines, while facials boost overall skin tone and appearance. Additionally, a peel can be very effective to target isolated areas, while a facial will typically be done on the entire face and neck.

Learn more at a free consultation

If you’re interested in learning which peel is best for you, call or text us! At your consultation, our aesthetic services team will evaluate your skin, discuss your goals, and help you design a personalized treatment plan.