Chemical Peels

Ife Rodney, MD, FAAD -  - Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology Practice

Eternal Dermatology

Ife Rodney, MD, FAAD

Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology Practice serving patients in the Glenn Dale, Bowie, Laurel and Fulton area

Chemical peels offer a minimally invasive approach to improve your skin and reduce signs of aging and acne. Dermatologist and cosmetic expert, Ife Rodney, MD, FAAD, performs a variety of chemical peels to meet all your skin needs at Eternal Dermatology in Glenn Dale, Maryland. Call or schedule a consultation today to learn about the best chemical peel options for you.

Chemical Peels Q & A

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a topical solution applied to your skin that removes the surface layers of dull, dead skin to reveal healthy, fresh skin underneath. Chemical peels are a popular alternative to injections and surgery and provide reliable improvements for:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Irregular skin tone and texture
  • Dull skin
  • Age spots and hyperpigmentation
  • Shallow scars

Based on the condition of your skin and your aesthetic goals, Dr. Rodney offers specialized peels to meet your needs.

How does a chemical peel work?

A chemical peel works by exfoliating the top layers of skin using specific chemical solutions. These dead cells are partially responsible for clogged enlarged pores and acne formation. Depending on the intensity of your peel, the amount of exfoliation may be very mild — sometimes called a lunchtime peel — or it may be moderate to extreme. Chemical peels also help to revitalize lackluster skin by stimulating natural collagen production, contributing to a smooth, even and healthy-looking complexion.

The type of chemical solution used will determine the depth of the peel. Dr. Rodney can also create a customized peel for you that targets specific imperfections in your skin that you want to improve.

What happens during a chemical peel?

You begin your visit with a consultation with Dr. Rodney to help her understand your skin concerns, goals, and the amount of downtime you can take. Based on this information, Dr. Rodney recommends the appropriate peel for you.

When you’re ready for the peel, Dr. Rodney first cleans your skin to remove makeup and oils. She then applies layers of the liquid chemical solution to your skin using a cotton swab. Once the layers are applied, Dr. Rodney leaves the solution to soak into your skin.

After the treatment is done, Dr. Rodney removes any remaining residue, and then applies sunscreen to the treated areas.You’ll need to protect your skin from sunlight to avoid irritation over the next week. Dr. Rodney provides thorough aftercare instructions so you have the best experience possible. The entire visit lasts about 45 minutes.

What can I expect after a chemical peel?

After your chemical peel, your face may be red and irritated for a couple of days. Within three to five days, you should see your skin peeling and flaking. About seven days afterward, your skin should finish peeling to reveal a new layer of healthy, fresh, firm skin underneath.

In the wrong hands, chemical peels can have unfortunate side effects, like painful burning and resulting dark discoloration, known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. That’s why it is important that your dermatologist understands the nuances of chemical peels on a variety of skin types and ethnicities. Dr. Rodney will carefully tailor your treatment plan based on your skin type, desired result and desired downtime.

Chemical peels are a minimally invasive option to solve many skin complaints. Call or schedule a consultation online at Eternal Dermatology today to discuss your skin issues and learn how a chemical peel can help you.