Chemical Peel.

Want to be radically radiant? A chemical peel exfoliates dead and damaged skin, revealing the best version of yourself.

What is a Chemical Peel?

This simple, non-surgical treatment addresses several skin concerns including the visible signs of sun damage, rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and acne. 

Different types of acids (alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, retinoic acids, trichloroacetic acids) are used in chemical peels. Only licensed medical professionals — like Skin Pharm’s nurse practitioners — are authorized to use chemicals designed for deeper, stronger peels. 

Very little preparation is needed for a chemical peel. We simply cleanse your skin, cover your eyes and hair, and apply the chemical solution to your skin so it can work its magic. And by “magic” we mean breaking down the superficial top layers of the epidermis, allowing smooth and glowing skin to emerge.

Superficial or “Lunchtime” Peel

These quick and easy peels are powered by alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic or glycolic acids to improve the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation and blemishes. The lunchtime peel is suitable for all skin types, including dry and sensitive, although normal to oily skin types will benefit from the addition of chemicals that regulate oil production and clear clogged pores. In addition to AHAs, medium peels can contain Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and retinoic acids. BHAs like salicylic acid are anti-inflammatory, controlling irritation and redness, while retinoic acids deeply penetrate the skin, augmenting results and accelerating recovery time.

Medium Peel

If you’re looking for a stronger treatment, trichloroacetic acid can be added to the chemical solution or used alone (only by a medical professional) to treat prolonged sun damage, deep acne scars and wrinkles and massive hyperpigmentation. Also known as TCA peels, medium peels require more recovery time as the chemicals are stronger, and a fan can be used during the procedure to lessen stinging effects. 

Recovery and Results

A series of chemical peels can help stimulate collagen production underneath the skin, encouraging cell renewal and repair. The strength and frequency of the peel depends on your skin type and the issues you’re hoping to address, so talk to your Skin Pharm nurse practitioner about which option is best for you. With all peels, avoid sun exposure after the procedure and be sure to wear SPF (which you should already be doing every day!).

Lunchtime peels don’t require much downtime, although your skin may be red, irritated and dry following the procedure. Your skin may be darker for up to a week, but otherwise you can resume your normal skin care routine and activities after the peel (avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours).

After a medium peel, we’ll apply a protective ointment — and, if needed, ice packs — to soothe the skin, which will be swollen, tight and red. OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help with discomfort and swelling. Your skin will start to peel, but don’t be scared: gorgeous, glowing skin is beneath those shedding layers. Expect up to seven days for peeling and redness to disappear, and you may need a stronger moisturizer for one to two weeks following the peel. Avoid strenuous exercise for five to seven days.


Superficial Chemical Peel $100-250
Medium Chemical Peel $350

Five Conditions We Treat With Chemical Peels

  • Sun Damage

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles

  • Enlarged Pores

  • Uneven Skin Tone or Texture

  • Blemishes and Acne

Common Chemical Peel Questions

Is a chemical peel painful?

You may experience a little tingling, tightness, or change in temperature during the procedure. Also, you may experience some sensitivity after the treatment. Generally, you should not feel an uncomfortable level of pain.

How long do chemical peels last?

A light peel will last 1-2 months. The deeper the peel, the longer it will last.

Can I wear makeup after a chemical peel?

With a light peel, you can generally wear makeup beginning the next day. With medium peels, you may need to wait up to 10 days after the procedure.

Any other questions? Talk to your nurse practitioner to learn how chemical peels can be integrated into your skin care routine!

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