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Chemical Peels Specialist

Alamo City Dermatology

Dermatologists located in San Antonio, TX & Zapata, TX

Chemical peels use special solutions to help patients battle the signs of aging and correct other issues like scars and textural changes. At Alamo City Dermatology, Dr. Ana Sauceda, M.D., offers an array of chemical peel options to help patients from throughout the San Antonio, TX, area achieve their desired results.

Chemical Peels Q&A

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are dermatology treatments that use chemical solutions to remove damaged upper layers of skin, revealing healthy skin underneath. Peels are available in varying strengths, depending on the issues that are being treated as well as other factors.

What kinds of issues can be treated with a chemical peel?

Chemical peels can be used to treat an array of cosmetic issues, including:

  • acne
  • scars
  • lines and wrinkles
  • skin discoloration
  • uneven skin tone or texture
  • age-related issues and sun damage

Mild peels are often incorporated into facials and professional skin care routines to keep skin smooth and healthy.

What happens during a peel?

Treatment begins by carefully cleansing the skin to remove dirt and debris. Then the solution is applied and allowed to remain on the skin for a specific period of time, depending largely on the strength of the peel solution and the issues that are being treated. Once the time has elapsed, the solution is neutralized and then washed from the skin. Moisturizers or soothing creams may be applied afterward. For deep peels, a topical anesthetic can be applied to the skin to reduce discomfort.

How will I feel afterward?

Mild peels leave skin feeling tingly and refreshed and may result in a mild pinkish tinge that will resolve soon afterward. Moderate to deep peels can cause stinging and burning sensations as well as some tenderness and sometimes mild swelling, all of which are temporary. One to several days after treatment, older skin will begin to slough off, revealing healthy skin underneath while reducing superficial damage like lines, wrinkles, and scars. The amount of peeling will vary based on the strength of the peel, with deeper peels causing more peeling than mild peels. Following treatment, skin will need to be protected from the sun and moisturized regularly to promote healing. Other care instructions will be provided at the time of treatment.


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