Chemical Peels

One of the easiest ways to transform your face is through the power of chemical peels. Our Houston-area patients love using these quick “lunchtime procedures” to take years off their appearance. Chemical peels are versatile, straightforward treatments that address sun damage, irregular pigmentation, and more. They leave the skin looking smoother and more uniform in color, so you can feel confident putting your best face forward.

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What Are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that remove damaged skin cells and reveal fresh, healthier skin underneath. They are designed to reverse conditions that affect the appearance of aging skin, smoothing out irregularities and softening fine lines.

The strength and penetration levels of chemical peels vary widely. Skin brighteners are good alternatives for patients who do not want to experience the visible flaking common with some chemical peels.

Chemical peel treatments are typically completed in less than 30 minutes.

What Are My Chemical Peel Treatment Options?

We offer chemical peels in many different strengths and types, depending on your specific aesthetic needs. We can effectively reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots for a wide range of skin types and varying degrees of skin damage. Each peel is performed by our experienced in-house dermatologists. Overall, most patients get to choose between 3 general peel options.


Milder peels, such as those that use glycolic acid, are designed to exfoliate only the outermost layer of skin. They are very safe and gentle and work well at controlling acne or lightening dark patches caused by melasma.


Moderate-strength peels treat superficial layers of skin while also penetrating slightly deeper than mild peels. They are often great options for those with oily or acne-prone skin who want to clear their complexion. These types of peels are also beneficial for improving overall skin tone and texture. Glycolic or salicylic acid is usually the active ingredient in these kinds of treatments.


The strongest peels penetrate deep into the skin to deliver a powerful mix of ingredients. These peels often remove a portion of the dermis (outer skin layers) and are suitable for addressing extensive sun damage. Deep chemical peels can also treat pigmentation issues such as freckling or acne scarring. Wrinkles and fine lines may also fade slightly after a deep peel.

How Long Is Recovery After a Chemical Peel?

After treatment, most procedures follow a general rule: The deeper the peel, the longer the recovery period. Mild peels may make the skin a bit pink but require no recovery time. Deeper peels may cause the skin to flake for as long as 7 to 10 days. Your aesthetician will let you know what to expect from your treatment session.

Can I Combine Chemical Peels With Other Skin Treatments?

Yes, chemical peels are easily paired with other skin rejuvenating treatments. Our dermatologists can add youthful volume with dermal fillers, tighten aging skin with procedures like Thermage®, or perform a variety of other rejuvenating skin treatments. With your goals in mind, we will form a customized skin treatment plan to address all of your skin concerns.

Our Houston dermatologists have been using chemical peels for decades to correct flaws and reveal fresh, beautiful skin. If you would like to learn more about your treatment options, request a consultation at a location near you or call (713) 791-9966 to schedule your appointment today.