Chemical Peel Level I

There’s nothing quite like the power of a good chemical peel. This tried-and-true skin rejuvenating treatment is a quick and effective way to smooth the skin’s texture and tone via a simple exfoliation process. Acids are the primary peeling agents used in professionally-administered peels, but there’s still plenty to know about these skin-perfecting treatments.

Chemical Peels

Consider this a primer on all things peels: how they work, when to get one, how long you'll peel for, and the results to expect.

No matter your skin tone and type or skin concern, there’s a peel available to improve the appearance and health of your skin–we promise!


A chemical peel is an acid-based exfoliating and resurfacing treatment that accelerates the rate at which the skin sheds.

Every 28 days, the skin sheds its dead cells to reveal fresh new skin cells underneath. Sometimes, this process slows down, causing the skin to appear dull and dry and clogged with dead skin cells. Chemical peels help lift away dead skin cells from the surface.

Gently and safely peeling away the uppermost layers of dead skin with a chemical peel results in skin that appears healthier, smoother, brighter, and more radiant. A peel also improves the skin’s texture and can correct discoloration.

There are various types of peels available based on the ingredients used. Some chemical peels work on a superficial level, while others penetrate deeper into the skin. Certain chemical peels exfoliate more than others, so keep that in mind when deciding on the correct peel for your skin. The best chemical peel for you depends on the desired effect, skin tone, and current skin concerns.


Chemical peels are popular because they offer a multitude of benefits.

Removing dead skin helps to stimulate collagen, and collagen is the cornerstone of plump, youthful skin. The acid used in your peel will determine the primary benefits seen. Although most estheticians use chemical peels on the face, they also can treat the neck, chest, and hands.

Some of the benefits of chemical peels include:

  • Stimulating collagen production
  • Light, gentle exfoliation
  • Decreased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improvement of hyperpigmentation, discoloration, and spots
  • Clearing up acne
  • Improving the common signs of aging and sun damage
  • Decrease the appearance of melasma

Commonly used acids include lactic and citric for a light exfoliation, glycolic to treat wrinkles and minimal hyperpigmentation, salicylic acid for acne, and TCA for more prominent pigment and signs of aging.


Most chemical peels don’t feel like much on the skin, but again, the actives in the peel determine what effect they will have on the skin. The lighter the peel, the minor the sensation it produces on the skin.

It’s normal to experience a slight tingling, sting, or skin warmth while the chemical peel is on the skin. However, once the neutralizer deactivates the peel (it “turns it off”), any sensation you feel will quickly diminish. After the peel is complete, the skin may feel dry or tight, continuing for a few days post-treatment. The peeling process itself does not hurt, but it is essential not to pick at the exfoliating skin and let it shed on its own.


Chemical peels vary in cost from provider to provider, and those in large cities often charge more. 

In addition, the type of peel you choose influences the overall cost.

To determine the cost of your chemical peel, call our office to schedule a consultation where we will put a custom program together to correct your current skin concerns.

Common FAQs

Chemical peels are quick and take just a few minutes to perform from start to finish. While chemical peels can be a standalone treatment, they are often performed with a facial, adding time to the treatment.

The type of chemical peel you get determines if there is any downtime. It's normal to experience some dryness, mild redness, or irritation for four to seven days after a peel. Shedding and flaky patches of skin are also standard in chemical peels.

The results from your chemical peel will start to show as quickly as a day or two after the peel. They will continue to improve as new skin cells begin to make their way to the skin's surface.

You can repeat a chemical peel several times per year. Lighter, more superficial peels can be done every four to six weeks.

Post-peel care is essential. It's best to avoid exfoliating acids and harsh active ingredients, like retinol, and glycolic and salicylic acids, since the skin can be red, dry, and flaky for a few days after a peel. You'll also want to keep the skin well hydrated with a good moisturizer and protected with ample sun protection (to prevent pigmentation from developing).

Most chemical peels are done safely with no side effects. However, hyperpigmentation can arise after a peel, especially if you forcefully peel the exfoliating skin from your face.

Since chemical peels clean out the pores and speed up the skin's natural exfoliation process, minor breakouts can also occur.

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If you’re ready to get your glow on and see brighter, healthier, more youthful-looking skin, you can book a consultation with Charette Cosmetics. A one-on-one consultation with our experienced aestheticians will determine the best chemical peel for you. We can also customize a package specific to your skincare needs so that you can obtain the best results possible.

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