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How Often Should I Get a Chemical Peel?

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Beatrice Humboldson
Beatrice Humboldson

Can you get chemical peels too often?

Chemical peels are helpful for a variety of skin conditions. They are often used as acne treatment and can target age spots, improving blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles. Because of their healing properties, it may be tempting to use chemical peels excessively. However, doing so too much can backfire and create more skin issues, such as:

  • redness
  • discoloration
  • hyperpigmentation
  • irreversible spots
  • bacterial infections

If you use chemical peels too often, you may risk bringing on the issue you want to treat. So, how often is too often?

For instance, are you using at-home products or medical-grade peels from an esthetician? The answer depends on the strength of the chemical peel. If you’re using a peel you bought from the store, chances are the chemicals are not as strong as professional peels. Although this is generally a con, you can typically use these superficial-level products more often without adverse reactions; once a month is usually safe.

However, if you want a peel to get the job done, visit your local dermatologist, and you’ll have more options. Medium peels can remove scarring and even precancerous growths, so it is advised to use these less often than your typical storefront options. Generally, these should be used once every four to six months.

Last but certainly not least, we have deep chemical peels, which should only be used to remove deep scarring and wrinkles. Because these peels dig deeper than your epidermis, they can be irritating and painful. This means these should be used very sparingly, as it will take your skin some time to heal from each deep peel. In most cases, you should only receive a deep peel every 2-3 years.

We hope this article serves as a helpful chemical skin peel guide. If you would like to book a consultation near Fairlawn, Ohio, our team of experienced estheticians at Fairlawn Aesthetic MD would be happy to serve you. Visit our website to book now!

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