Chemical Peel Specialist

Samuel J. Pruden, MD, FACS, FAAD -  - Dermatology


Samuel J. Pruden, MD, FACS, FAAD

Dermatology located in Lexington, KY

Chemical peels rejuvenate your skin and repair cosmetic problems by removing one or more layers of old, damaged skin. Your skin problems disappear with the old cells, then as new skin grows in, it’s smoother, stronger, and more resilient. Dr. Samuel Pruden at SkinMD has extensive experience evaluating your skin and recommending the best peel to solve your aesthetic concerns. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, use the online booking tool or call the office in Lexington, Kentucky.

Chemical Peel Q & A

Which skin conditions are treated with chemical peels?

Dr. Pruden uses high-quality chemical peels that target your specific skin problems. Depending on the peel used, you can treat:

  • Dry, dull looking skin
  • Clogged pores and blemishes
  • Skin redness
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Sun damage, age spots, and other skin discolorations

What are the three types of chemical peels?

Each type of chemical peel helps you eliminate different levels of cosmetic problems:

Light peel

A light peel only removes the outer layer of your skin. You may choose a light peel if you want to alleviate dryness, improve blotchy skin, or diminish the appearance of acne and fine lines. Since the ingredients are mild, you can come back for additional treatments to maintain a bright, smooth complexion.

Medium peel

This type of chemical peel goes deeper, removing the upper middle layer of skin along with the outer layer. A medium peel effectively treats problems like age spots, moderate wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and acne scars. It also improves the overall texture of your skin.

Deep peel

This chemical peel penetrates to the lower layer of your skin. The depth of the peel means you can treat more significant skin problems, like deeper wrinkles, significant hyperpigmentation and sun damage, and scars.

A deep peel also removes precancerous skin lesions called actinic keratoses. Although it produces a dramatic improvement in your skin, it also means a longer recovery period.

What recovery time is needed following a chemical peel?

You may not need to take any downtime after a light chemical peel. When you have a medium peel, your skin might appear red and slightly swollen for several days, then it starts to peel and flake.

Healing time for a medium peel is about 7-14 days, so you should plan for a week of downtime. It’s essential to avoid the sun for one month after your peel to protect your new skin.

A deep peel requires extensive downtime -- about two weeks for most patients -- but everyone heals at a different pace. Deep chemical peels cause crusting, peeling, and discomfort that can last a few weeks.

If you’d like to learn more about chemical peels and whether it’s the best treatment for your skin needs, call SkinMD or book an appointment online.