Chemical peels have been around for a while, but they’ve become increasingly popular over the last several years, particularly to take care of acne. If you have tried just about everything to diminish your breakouts and you’re ready to just get rid of those bumps and scars, one the best facials for acne is a chemical peel. However, before you go ahead and try a chemical peel to help your acne, make sure you go to a professional, board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Wassef. As a dermatological surgeon by the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, he knows a thing or two about treating your skin to restore its healthy glow.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a procedure used to improve the skin’s texture and appearance on the hands, neck, and face. A chemical solution is applied to the skin which will cause it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new skin underneath is usually smoother and less wrinkled.1

Benefits of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can help acne and reduce the appearance of blemishes and fine lines. The treatment can also brighten dull skin and restore a glowing complexion once the chemical peels off. Just one chemical peel alone won’t give you the results you will need. Consult your dermatologist about a series of chemical peels appropriate for your skin to help with acne and to brighten a dull complexion.

Will I Get Pimples After a Chemical Peel?

While chemical peels help acne, it is also common to get pimples after a session as well. This is because you have bacteria underneath the deep layers of your skin that haven’t come up yet. While you are exfoliating the skin, dirt, and oil rise up to the surface. Your skin is purging the dead skin cells and bacteria, but after a while, the purging process of the chemical peels will stop after a couple of treatments. This is a very normal part of the process, it’ll look a bit worse before it gets better. Results are not instantaneous but they are lasting.

How Many Chemical Peels Will You Need to See Results?

Though more than one chemical peel is usually suggested to help your acne, a dermatologist will recommend the appropriate number of treatments depending on the condition and sensitivity of your skin. Most dermatologists will wait about 3-4 weeks between sessions, giving your skin time to exfoliate, peel, and heal.

Recommendations After a Chemical Peel

After a chemical peel, your skin will be sensitive to sunlight. It is recommended that you not touch your face with dirty hands, ever, but especially after a chemical peel. Use mild noncomedogenic cleansers and moisturizers. Chemical peels help acne, so if you are suffering from acne and frequent breakouts, call our dermatology center in Boca Raton to learn more about this treatment option.  


American Society for Dermatologic Surgery – Chemical Peels