Chemical Peels in Denver and Boulder

Even great skin can suffer damage from environmental or lifestyle factors, resulting in wrinkles, pigmentation changes, uneven tone, or poor texture. This treatment can drastically improve brown discoloration, freckles, red capillaries, spider veins, facial redness, rosacea, and enlarged pores.

What is a chemical peel? 

Chemical peels work by removing the damaged outer layer(s) of skin to reveal a fresh, more radiant complexion underneath. Although most patients choose this treatment to improve their facial skin, some also see benefits on their neck, chest, or hands. 

Achieve younger-looking, smoother skin as well as correct the following concerns:

  • Rough, dry skin
  • Coarse skin tone
  • Freckles or uneven skin pigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • Age and liver spots
  • Melasma or hormone-related pigment change
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

When undergoing a chemical peel, various solutions are applied to remove the damaged outer layer(s) of skin, revealing a smoother, healthier complexion underneath. Patients who choose to undergo a chemical peel at Denver Dermatology Center will first receive a thorough skin evaluation and cosmetic consultation to determine the extent of damage and the appropriate treatment to meet their aesthetic goals. 

Superficial Chemical Peel: Using various formulations to gently exfoliate the skin and stimulate the growth of healthier new skin cells, this mild procedure results in a smoother, softer, and more radiant complexion over time. A superficial peel is ideal for someone with minimal sun damage, uneven pigmentation, or fine lines and wrinkles. This procedure has little downtime. A series of treatment sessions is suggested. 

Medium-Depth Chemical Peel: Ideal for the treatment of photodamage and melasma, this procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. It treats sun damage and hyperpigmentation by targeting deeper skin cells. This type of peel can be used on the face, neck, arms, or hands. 

For optimal results, chemical peels are sometimes combined with microdermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing. In addition, results can be maintained with regular use of our medical-grade skin care products.

How do peels work?

Your face will be thoroughly cleansed, and a solution will be carefully brushed on the treatment areas. You may feel some burning or stinging until the solution is washed from your skin and/or a neutralizing agent is applied. The stronger the peel, the greater the chance for temporary discomfort. Cool compresses and fans can help alleviate discomfort during treatment, which typically lasts 30 to 45 minutes. 

For stronger peels, you may need to prepare your skin beforehand by using topical medical-grade products in a strict skin care routine. This approach helps ensure that the solution used for your peel will effectively penetrate the outermost layers of your skin. Appropriate preparation also promotes results, accelerates healing time, and minimizes complications. 

What to expect during recovery 

Chemical peel recovery depends largely on the type and depth of the peel. In general, you can expect the outer layers of skin to peel off within 1 to 14 days. 

After a mild peel, your skin may turn slightly pink, but you may resume your normal activities immediately and use makeup to conceal any redness. Complete results are visible within 5 to 10 days. 

After a stronger peel, your skin may turn red or brown and need a longer time to heal, requiring a modification of your daily routine. You may also experience swelling. After 5 to 7 days, depending on the depth of the peel, you may apply makeup to conceal any redness. 

Treatment safety and risks

Chemical peels are safe when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner. However, all peels carry some risks; the most common complications include infection, scarring, or pigment changes. Our team has the training and experience to properly evaluate your skin, explain potential risks, and administer treatment.