Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology


We offer a variety of skin peels to help you reveal a fresher complexion. These treatments can be effective for improving the appearance of fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigmentation problems. One or more peels may be recommended, depending on your needs. A custom peel will be blended for you by one of our experienced 

Chemical Peels involve the use of a chemical solution, such as glycolic acid, to improve and smooth the texture of the facial ski. Your physician  (your provider) will choose a solution and concentration based on your skin and the desired effects. Most peels involve very little discomfort or downtime (“lunch time peel”). However, you and your provider may decide to pursue more agressive and deeper peels for more dramatic results. Glycolic acid peels are an important part of skin rejuvenation regimens, in combination with sun protection and appropriate skin care products such as Renova (tretinoin), Avage (tazarotene), or those containing alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).

Chemical Peels are minimally invasive procedures used to improve the appearance of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, which results in a superficial separation and resultant peeling, followed by new skin generation. The new skin is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin, and may also be more even in color.

Millions of chemical peels are performed each year. Dermatologists have used various peeling agents for decades and are experts in performing all types chemical peel applications. Today, with the public’s increasing interest in rejuvenating the skin and slowing the appearance of aging, chemical peeling has emerged as an exciting treatment option. Results of chemical peels may also be enhanced by new laser/light-based rejuvenation techniques. A thorough evaluation by your dermatologist is necessary before choosing a chemical peel program.

What Skin Conditions Can a Chemical Peel Improve?

Chemical peels can effectively improve a wide variety of skin conditions including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Shallow acne scars
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckling

However, sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond to peeling and may require other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures.

What Does a Treatment Entail?

The procedure may be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms and legs. Superficial, medium, and deep chemical peels may be used to improve damaged skin. As a rule, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time. Prior to treatment, instructions may include stopping certain medications and preparing the skin with pre-conditioning creams.

The procedure is typically performed in a dermatologist’s office. The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils. One or more chemical solutions such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, or salicylic acid may be used. Your provider will suggest the proper agent based on your skin type and the desired results.

What Does the Peel Feel Like?

During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may last about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. A deeper peel may be more painful and require medication during or after the procedure. However, the vast majority of superficial (”lunchtime”) peels involve little to no discomfort.

What is Expected after the Treatment?

Most superficial (”lunchtime”) peels require little or no down-time. Patients will often have mild pinkness on the treated areas that usually resolves within 24 hours. Mild scaling may last three to five days. Deeper peels will involve a longer recovery with swelling and crusting that can last for up to two weeks. Due to the advent of newer fractional lasers and non-ablative techniques, deep chemical peels are no longer utilized routinely in our office.

What about Aftercare?

Following any peel, it is important to avoid overexposure to the sun as the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to injury. Your provider will prescribe appropriate follow-up care to help the skin heal.

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What are the Possible Complications?

In certain skin types, there is a risk of developing a temporary or permanent color change. Birth control pills, pregnancy, or a family history of brownish discoloration on the face may increase the possibility of developing abnormal pigmentation. Persistent redness may also occur and can last for months. Although very low, there is a risk of scarring after chemical peels. If scarring does occur, it can usually be treated with good results. There is a small incidence of reactivation of cold sores or herpes simplex infection in patients with a history of fever blisters. Prior to a chemical peel, it is important for a patient to inform the provider of any past history of keloids, unusual scarring tendencies, extensive X-rays or radiation to the face, or recurring cold sores.

What are the Limitations of Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels cannot remove loose or sagging skin. A facelift, brow lift, laser/light-based skin rejuvenation, or other procedures may be required. Chemical peeling does not remove deep scars. Dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, or non-ablative laser therapy, micro-needling, punch grafting, punch elevation, scar excision, or soft tissue fillers may be much more effective for scars and should be discussed with your provider. While chemical peels cannot change pore size or remove broken blood vessels on the face, the procedure may improve the appearance of these conditions.


Chemical peels use specific chemical solutions to revitalize your skin. We offer a wide variety of peels that focus on fine lines, sun damage, texture and tone, include:

  • Rejuvenize
  • Illuminze
  • Lactic
  • Salicylic
  • Jessner
  • TCA
  • Glycolic
  • PCA Sensi-Peel, Detox Gel Peel, Body Treatment, Peel, Ultra I Peel, Hydroquonone Resorcinol

Our experienced aestheticians will determine which peel will be the most beneficial for your skin.

Combination Peel

This clinical peel combines the skin polishing effect of microdermabrasion or dermaplaning with the additional benefit of a chemical peel, revealing smoother, glowing, more youthful skin.

Acne Peel

An antibacterial treatment utilizing a combination of exfoliation and extraction to eliminate the dead skin cell barrier that retains dirt and oil and leads to breakouts. It can help treat pigmentation from acne scarring and restore balance to oily skin.

TCA Peel

This peel is a more in-depth procedure designed to remove layers of aged and damaged skin while improving the skin’s appearance. Depending on the concentration of the peel, there can be some downtime associated with this treatment.

PCA Peel

This new addition to our menu are PCA peels which are blends of well-tolerated, safe and effective acids that are not timed, neutralized or removed from the skin. Instead they are self-neutralizing and left on the skin. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), beta hydroxy acids (BHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and retinoids are used in strategic combinations to address a wide variety of skin concerns. Combination formulas can usually address pigment and textural issues at a more rapid rate. These formulas are also indicated for the body. All skin types can benefit from these universal peels!


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