Chemical Peels

Chemical peels such as glycolic, jessner‘s solution, pyruvic acid, resorcinol, salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid & combination peels: salicylic acid & trichloroacetic acids smooth and improve the texture of facial skin by removing damaged layers of dead skin cells. Also, minimizes the appearance of pore size restoring a youthful glow.

Also known as glycolic acid peels or AHA chemical peels, light chemical peel is a non-invasive treatment that removes the upper layers of dead and damaged skin and encourages skin cell regeneration. This type of peel provides gentle treatment for fine lines, acne, chronic dry skin, and uneven pigmentation. The formulation of the chemical solution used in a light chemical peel depends on the needs of the individual patient.

They can be used to:

In preparation for a chemical peel, the patient’s skin is first gently cleansed. Then the chemical solution is applied to the targeted areas. The specific formulation and concentration of the acid solution depend on the patient’s needs.

As the chemical solution works on the skin, the patient will typically feel a warm tingling or stinging sensation. After the chemical solution has been on the skin for the prescribed amount of time, the physician will wash it away with water and apply a soothing lotion.

The entire process of a light chemical peel usually takes less than an hour, and the patient typically experiences little or no skin redness or other side effects. After a light chemical peel, the patient can expect to return to daily activities immediately. Multiple treatments are usually necessary to achieve optimal results.


  • Correct photodamage (sun damage)
  • Mild desquamation (patches of thick, flakey skin)
  • Correct acne, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, & melasma (patchy pigmentation of sun exposed skin, usually seen in pregnancy)
  • Rosacea (chronic vascular & follicular dilation involving the nose & contiguous pores of the cheeks)
  • Solar lentigos (liver spots)
  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging and hereditary factors
  • Improve the appearance of mild scarring
  • Treat certain types of acne
  • Reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills (melasma)
  • Improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in texture and color

Light chemical peels contain alpha hydroxy acids and/or beta hydroxy acids. Progressive Laser will select an appropriate chemical solution (or mix of solutions) based on each patient’s needs.

Chemical peels primarily containing alpha hydroxy acids may be referred to as “AHA chemical peels” or “glycolic acid peels.” Glycolic acid is the most common type of alpha hydroxy acid used in skin care. Salicylic acid chemical peels are the most common type of beta hydroxy acid peel.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are derived from fruit, sugar, sour milk, and other natural sources. AHA chemical peels often contain:

* Glycolic acid (extracted from sugar cane)
* Lactic acid (extracted from milk)
* Malic acid (extracted from pears and apples)
* Citric acid (extracted from oranges and lemons)
* Tartaric acid (extracted from grapes)

Beta hydroxy acids are simple organic acids derived from fruit. When a technician refers to “salicylic acid chemical peels,” he or she is referring to a beta hydroxy acid. Though closely related to alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids differ slightly in their molecular structure, and rejuvenate the skin in a slightly different way.

The most common beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid, has been used for decades as an acne remedy, and salicylic acid chemical peels are especially effective in eliminating acne. Beta hydroxy acids are helpful because they can exfoliate oily skin and deeply penetrate the skin with no irritation.

Regardless of the specific type, alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids gently rejuvenate the skin and encourage skin cell regeneration with little or no irritation or discomfort. Glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and other alpha hydroxy acids are so gentle, in fact, that they are common ingredients in home skin care products, and patients who undergo a light chemical peel may be asked to use such products to improve on their results.

AHA (Glycolic Acid) and BHA (Salicylic Acid) Peels

Chemical Peel Recovery

Light chemical peel side effects are few, and in most cases light chemical peels require no recovery time. Though your skin may be flake mildly or be slightly irritated after a glycolic acid peel (or, AHA chemical peel), you should be able to return to work or everyday activities almost immediately after treatment.

After your peel, your physician will give you guidelines to follow to help ensure the success of your treatment. Generally, patients are instructed to use a gentle cleanser and specified moisturizing lotion, and to avoid exposing the treated skin to the sun.

Following your light chemical peel, you will notice that the treated skin has improved tone, texture, and pigmentation. You should see further improvement as your course of treatments progresses.