Do Chemical Peels Hurt?

Chemical peels are renowned for their ability to rejuvenate the skin and refresh the appearance. They boost the health and radiance of the skin and leave it smoother, tighter, and more youthful. But one of the questions most frequently asked about the procedure is – Do chemical peels hurt.

Do Chemical Peels Hurt?

Chemical peels do not usually hurt. Patients may feel a stinging or burning sensation during the procedure as the solution starts to work, but this is normally well-tolerated.

There are multiple types of chemical peels, but modern peels like the SkinMedica peels use advanced formulas that soothe and hydrate the skin as they work, so the process is not painful or uncomfortable.

How chemical peels work?

During a chemical peel an exfoliating solution such as glycolic or salicylic acid is applied to the skin to exfoliate the upper layers. The treated skin will peel off within a few days revealing newer, smoother skin below.

Peels may be superficial, medium, or deep in intensity depending on the concentration of the acid. There is generally some flaking and peeling after a chemical peel, and this varies based on the depth of the peel. Patients are advised to limit sun exposure after a chemical peel, to avoid hyperpigmentation.

A chemical peel treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Chemical peels treat a variety of skin conditions as they can be used to improve – fine lines and wrinkles, rough texture, dull skin, pigmentation, sun damaged skin, acne, and more. They refresh the face and enhance overall skin health.

Are you interested in a chemical peel? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Southwest Missouri area, Derma-Tech Medical Spa in Joplin, MO is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (417) 206-4884.

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