Darst Dermatology offers personalized chemical peels in Charlotte, Matthews, and the surrounding North Carolina communities.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are an effective way to revitalize and resurface skin. The proven process is simple and straightforward. A chemical agent removes the damaged outer layers of your skin, leaving you with a younger, clearer, and more radiant complexion. Chemical peels can address several skin conditions, including the following:

  • Discolorations from chronic sun exposure, including freckles, age spots, and hyperpigmentation
  • Texture irregularities such as fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Actinic keratosis (pre-cancerous growths)
  • Melasma
  • Rough skin or scaly patches
  • Age and liver spots
  • Scars

Chemical Peels Before and After Pictures Charlotte, NC

Before and After 2 Chemical Peels

How Do They Work?

In general, chemical peels penetrate your skin, removing damage and problem areas. Some peels also stimulate the production of collagen, which brings about a more radiant complexion. When you receive a chemical peel, your face will be cleansed, and the peeling agent will be brushed onto your face. It will remain there for just a few moments. You’ll feel some burning and stinging while it’s working. Treated areas will be neutralized with saline.

Chemical peels are classified by how deeply they penetrate your skin.

Superficial peels – or “lunchtime peels” – penetrate only the epidermis. They exfoliate dead skin cells and make your complexion glow. Superficial peeling agents include the following:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Lactic acid

Medium-depth peels remove a portion of the upper epidermis, penetrating through to the upper dermis skin layer. This type of peel stimulates collagen production and helps your skin look younger, healthier, and fresher.

Medium-depth peeling agents include the following:

  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
  • Modified Jessner’s solutions

Dr. Darst will help you determine which type of chemical peel is right for you, based on your unique needs, age, skin type, and expectations.

Are There Any Side Effects?

If you have a superficial peel, you’ll look like you have a mild sunburn for a few days following treatment. Your skin will peel just as it would following a sunburn. Medium-depth peels require a bit longer recovery time, about 7-14 days, and have noticeably more peeling.


Which peel is right for you?

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Dr. Darst, a board-certified dermatologist, offers a variety of chemical peels to residents of Charlotte, Matthews, and other Metrolina communities in North Carolina. Schedule a consultation today by calling 704-321-3376. Darst Dermatology is conveniently located at 11301 Golf Links Drive North, Charlotte, NC 28277.