What Are the Risks and Benefits of Chemical Peels?

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A chemical peel is a dermatological treatment that rejuvenates your appearance by causing the skin’s outermost layer to slough away. At Florida Academic Dermatology Center, we’ve helped countless patients achieve younger-looking skin through chemical peels. 

While the benefits of this treatment are numerous, you might be wondering about the risks. In the hands of our experienced dermatologists, Dr. Francisco Kerdel and Dr. Frank Don, chemical face peels are a safe and effective way to revitalize your look.

However, not everyone should get a chemical peel, and there can be some side effects. To learn more about the risks and benefits, read on or book a consultation at 305-324-2110.

Who Should Get a Chemical Peel?

At Florida Academic Dermatology Center, we’ll conduct a thorough intake to ensure a chemical peel is the most suitable treatment for you. If you have any of the following skin concerns, you could be a good candidate:

  • Acne or acne scars
  • Sunspots and age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation (darker patches of skin)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rough skin texture

If you take certain oral acne medications, have a history of keloid scars, are pregnant, or have frequent cold sore outbreaks, we’ll likely recommend a different treatment to avoid unwanted side effects.

Chemical Peel Side Effects (And How to Prevent Them)

The best way to minimize chemical peel risks is to visit a qualified skincare specialist like those at the Florida Academic Dermatology Center. Adverse outcomes are often a result of inexperienced providers using the wrong strength of facial peel or not screening patients for contraindications. 

You can expect a few normal side effects after a chemical peel, including redness, swelling, and, of course, peeling. There is a minor risk of scarring or infection that you can reduce by avoiding excessive sun exposure and following your doctor’s aftercare instructions.

We can start with a superficial peel if you’re nervous about side effects. This option is the least harsh on your skin but can still reverse the appearance of minor skin imperfections.

Find Out More About Chemical Peels in Coral Gables

At the Florida Academic Dermatology Center, our experienced team of bilingual doctors, nurses, and clinical researchers love helping patients achieve healthy skin that looks as great as it feels. If you think a chemical peel could be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Don or Dr. Kerdel in Coral Gables, Florida at 305-324-2110.

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