Aging Skin But Not Ready for Needles? Try a Chemical Peel

Woman having chemical peel Aging Skin But Not Ready for Needles? Try a Chemical Peel

Aging skin is an unfortunate fact of life, and while not everyone suffers the same as they get older, it’s a concern for all of us. If you’re noticing wrinkles and fine lines budding on your skin but are new to cosmetic treatments, a chemical peel might be a perfect start.

What to Know About Using Chemical Peels

What Is a Chemical Peel?

Never heard of a chemical peel? No problem. Odds are you’ve heard of Botox before the concept of a chemical peel crossed your path, but in terms of what these treatments are, a chemical peel is a much better first step than Botox. That being said, this is especially true for younger people who are just developing wrinkles. Botox can work for you too, but when compared to a chemical peel, Botox is generally the next stage.

It’s easy to compare a chemical peel to a facial. To an outside observer, these processes look very similar, and in many details they are. A facial and chemical peel both start with cleansing and end with some type of rinse. Both processes can be performed at your dermatologist’s office and don’t take very long either. A facial is the less intense, more relaxing of the two procedures. Facials focus on massage and light, gentle cleansing. Facials are good for restoring some of your skin’s glow and moisture, but they don't do much for signs of aging.

A chemical peel differs from a facial because of what it uses to help your skin. Rather than simply moisturizing, the goal of a chemical peel is to damage and shock the skin. This may sound counterintuitive, but a chemical peel works wonders.

How Does a Chemical Peel Help with Aging Skin?

You already know the basics of a chemical peel, but how does damaging your skin improve wrinkles? That lies in how the skin is damaged. A chemical peel uses an acidic chemical solution to kill the superficial, upper layers of the skin. Your dermatologist applies this solution with a brush-like device and lets it sit on your skin. Soon after, the chemical is neutralized and washed away. Your chemical peel is over. Some discomfort is to be expected during a chemical peel. It feels and will later look like a moderate sunburn. After a week or two, these dead layers of skin begin to flake and peel off. Growing in its place is healthier skin. The peel kickstarts a lot of processes that may have been lagging behind as you age. For instance, collagen, an important building block of health skin, notably slows in production in older people. Things like sun damage and smoking can make this decline even more rapid. Collagen, along with another protein (elastin) provides elasticity and gives your skin cells a support structure. A chemical peel delivers a shock to the system, triggering your skin to shift into high gear and repair itself. This process can lead to much healthier, fuller skin as your body works overtime to fix the superficial damage. Results from chemical peels are noticeable in about a month and can last several months before another treatment would be necessary. While you don’t need many chemical peels in a year, a regular maintenance schedule with your dermatologist can help keep wrinkles at bay without the need for needles and injectables.


Chemical peels are an excellent first step into anti-aging cosmetic procedures offered by your dermatologist. Interested in learning more or scheduling your first peel? Reach out to the trusted skincare providers at Northeast Dermatology Associates today.

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