Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are used at the Advanced Acne Institute to provide rapid improvement in many of our patients.

Chemical peels are treatments that rely on the application of chemical agents to the skin to clear clogged pores and reduce breakouts. Some of the chemicals used in these treatments are glycolic acid, salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and Jessner’s solution. While each one differs in potency, tolerability, side effects and suitability for a particular patient’s skin type, all work by breaking the bonds that hold dead skin cells to the surface of the skin and inside pores. By loosening the dead skin cells and debris from the surface of the skin and within the pores, chemical peels cause the skin to exfoliate, leaving a clearer complexion behind.