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Chemical Peels Newport Beach

Chemical peels are topical skin treatments that help to reduce signs of aging as well as treat a variety of skin conditions. Chemical peels consist of various solutions that are applied to the skin to induce peeling resulting in the removal of the damaged outer layers of skin. Peels are classified as light, medium or deep, depending on the depth of penetration and amount of skin removed. Light peels are the most gentle and are also referred to as refreshing or lunchtime peels. Medium and deep peels induce more injury to the skin resulting in more dramatic results, though require a longer recovery.

Chemical peels are used to treat sun damage, freckles, melasma, some types of acne, enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles and pre-skin cancers. Chemical peels help to rejuvenate dull, dry, discolored skin and may be applied to the face, neck, chest and back of hands. Chemical peels help to improve skin tone and texture, which creates a brighter, smoother and more youthful appearance.

Here at The Ocean Clinic, we offer a variety of light, medium and deep chemical peels. We will help you choose the most appropriate chemical peel for your individual skin type and condition.


How do I prepare for a chemical peel?

-Discontinue use of any retinoids (Retin-A, Tretinoin, Tazorac, HQRA+), hydroquinone, alpha hydroxy acids for 5 to 7 days prior to having a chemical peel.

-Avoid excess sun exposure and sun burns prior to a chemical peel.

-If you have any skin sensitivity from other medical cosmetic treatments, such as fillers, laser and surgical procedures, chemical peels should be avoided until sensitivity has completely resolved.

What should I expect during a chemical peel procedure?

-The skin is washed with a gentle cleanser then prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the area is clean and free of oils.

-During the application, a tingling or burning sensation will occur, which typically lasts only a few minutes. A hand held fan is given to help minimize discomfort.

-The skin will have a frosted appearance or a yellowish tinge, which resolves once the peel is washed off. Most peels may be left on the skin for 2 – 4 hours after application.

What can I expect after a chemical peel procedure?

-Your skin may appear pink, shiny and tight the first 1-2 days after the peel is applied, then peeling will occur, lasting 3-5 days or longer depending on the depth of peel performed.

-Gentle skin cleansers, moisturizers, use of a broad spectrum sunscreen and limiting sun exposure are essential after a chemical peel.

-Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Avoid picking or peeling off the flaking skin, which may lead to discoloration, scarring or infection.

-Topical retinoids, hydroquinone, alpha hydroxy acids should not be resumed until peeling has completely resolved.

How many chemical peels are required?

-Light and medium depth chemical peels may require multiple treatments to achieve desired results depending on skin type and conditions. Typically 3 to 6 peels spaced 1 month apart are recommended.

-Typically 1 deep chemical peel is required to achieve desired results.

When should chemical peels be avoided?

-If active cold sores, herpes simplex or other viral infections are present.

-During pregnancy and breastfeeding.

-If skin is sun burned or injured.

-In patients with Vitiligo.

-In patients with suppressed immune systems.

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