True or False: 4 Facts Behind Chemical Peels

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Just as with any cosmetic procedure, getting a chemical peel comes with a slew of rumors and myths surrounding what is done during the procedure and any potential side-effects. If you’re considering getting a chemical peel done, but are a little bit ambivalent about it, here are 4 true or false questions that will help to ease your mind.

  1. I Won’t Experience Skin Sensitivity After the Procedure.

False. Because a chemical peel is essentially peeling away the top few layers of your skin, it will be extra sensitive to the sun and harsh exfoliates. Don’t plan on laying out at the pool or beach for at least a week or two after you’ve had a chemical peel.

  1. My Skin Will Peel Off.

True. Although it’s not as gruesome as it sounds, your skin will most likely peel off. Depending on how much salicylic acid was used during your procedure and depending on your skin type, your skin may peel and slough off anywhere from 7-14 days after a chemical peel. Use a face moisturizer in order to keep the effects of peeling to a minimum.


  1. Chemical Peels Can Be Used to Reduce Cellulite on Your Legs and Thighs.

False. Although it might sound like chemical peels would work to target unwanted cellulite, they’re typically just used on the hands, face, and neck in order to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage, help with acne, and reduce the appearance of scars.


  1. Chemical Peels Are Painful.

False. Although they’re not relaxing like a trip to a day spa for a facial, chemical peels are a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require any painkillers or anesthesia. If anything, chemical peels are more uncomfortable than they are painful. Because the use of chemicals such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid are used on the skin, you will most likely feel a strong tingly sensation that subsides after 5-10 minutes.   From understanding the pain associated with getting a chemical peel to knowing what to expect afterwards, these 4 true or false questions will help you prepare for your next cosmetic procedure. Ready to learn more? Schedule an appointment today!

Steven Wallach MD

Steven Wallach MD

Dr. Wallach is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in performing cosmetic procedures of the face, breast and body. As one of the cutting edge experts in the field, Dr. Wallach consults on a regular basis with people in the beauty, media, and publishing worlds.

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