Chemical Peel Specialist

Melanie L. Adams, M.D., P.A. -  - Dermatologist

Melanie L. Adams, M.D., P.A.

Dermatologist & Medical Aesthetic Specialist located in Columbia, MD

A chemical peel is one of the most widely used skin resurfacing procedures for promoting the growth of healthier, younger-looking skin. If you’re interested in undergoing one of these treatments in the Columbia, Maryland, area, contact the office of Melanie L. Adams, MD, PA. Dr. Melanie Adams offers consultation appointments to determine if this skin rejuvenation and resurfacing procedure is right for you. Call the office to make an appointment, or use the online booking tool.

Chemical Peel Q & A

What are chemical peels?

A chemical peel resurfaces and rejuvenates your skin by exfoliating the skin on the face, hands, or neck. The procedure “peels” away the topmost layers of your skin, revealing fresher cells, and it triggers the formation of healthier, younger-looking skin.

How do chemical peels improve the appearance of my skin?

A chemical peel may be the answer to a number of skin imperfections, including:

  • Uneven texture and tone
  • Superficial scars
  • Mild wrinkles and fine lines

Chemical peels are also an effective treatment for acne and acne scarring. When your skin exfoliates during a peel, the cells regenerate faster, smoothing irregularities caused by acne. The peels also clear out your pores and keep them from becoming clogged; clogged pores are a major cause of acne.

How does a chemical peel work?

The skin accumulates dead skin cells, dirt, and other particles that can clog the pores. These clogs and impurities affect the appearance and overall health of your skin. Even if you have a quality, consistent skin care routine, some of these impurities remain.

Chemical peels remove the dead skin and pollutants from your skin by removing the topmost layer. The peels consist of a carefully crafted selection of compounds customized to your particular skin care needs, treatment goals, and skin type. When the topmost layer of skin peels away, your body’s natural healing process goes into action to produce newer, healthier skin tissue.

What should I expect from a chemical peel?

The strength of every chemical peel varies according to your unique treatment goals. The way your skin reacts to the peel is also individual. Light peels produce little to no downtime and have only mild side effects, such as slight redness and increased sun sensitivity.

Deeper peels may require a light topical anesthetic. They can cause redness, skin sloughing and peeling, and crusting that lasts for several days. Dr. Adams reviews all the possible side effects and what you should expect during and after the peel. She provides specific after-care instructions so you experience the fewest complications and achieve the best results following the procedure.

How soon are results evident following a chemical peel?

You may need to wait a few months before fully seeing the results of a chemical peel, as it takes time for the new skin to rejuvenate. You may benefit from repeating light peels more often, while the results of deeper peels can last a long time. Talk to Dr. Adams about the best type of peel for your goals, schedule, and skin care needs.

*Individual results may vary.