About Face: Things You Should Consider Before Getting a Chemical Peel

Article by Cristal G. Orpilla, R.N.



Acne and Brown Spots.

Large Pores and Fine Lines.

Uneven Pigment and Sun Damage.

Don’t you just wish they could all be magically erased? Many procedures have been used to treat the above skin imperfections, but chemical exfoliation of the skin through chemical peels are a great way to keep skin problems at bay.

What is a Chemical Peel and How Does it Work?

A traditional chemical face peel involves the application of a chemical solution designed to smooth and exfoliate skin while simultaneously removing the outer layer that is old, dull, and damaged.  Chemical peels, when directly applied to the skin, work by breaking up the top layers of the skin (known as the Epidermis).  The removal of the “old” skin layers starts the body’s natural healing process, and allows for the replenishment of newer skin cells that rise to replace the old ones.  The result? A fresh canvas of smoother, clearer, and more even-looking skin.



Do I Need a Chemical Peel? Questions We Must All Ask Ourselves

Everyone wants clearer skin,  and chemical peels are just one way to achieve that goal.  Before committing to a procedure, however, you should ask yourself the following questions.

What are my skin concerns and goals?

Whether your aim to fade brown spots and uneven pigment, improve texture, or decrease pore size, discussing your goals and expectations with a skincare professional will help guide you with which peel is best.

What is my skin type?

Before getting any skincare procedure done, you must always know your skin type to avoid mistreatment.  Oily, Dry, Combination, Normal, and Sensitive types all require different modes of treatment.  Knowing which type you are targets and tailors the treatment to meet your needs.

What is my budget?

I will be honest and say that in order for chemical peels to be effective,  they should be done every 3-4 weeks for at least 6-8 treatments.  And depending on where you go to get the treatments, one peel can set you back upwards $200.  If your skincare professional offers packages on chemical peels, TAKE IT! It usually ends up much cheaper per treatment with a package than getting them individually. And it’s always good to try a little negotiation of the ​package price since you will be coming back for multiple treatments. Return customers are always the goal of many businesses!


The Skincare Consultation: What To Ask Before the First Procedure

​So you’ve decided that you’d want to try chemical peels. Before you go in and book that appointment, here are some questions you may want to ask during a skin consultation. Being prepared with questions shows you educated about the procedure, and that you expect results that will improve your skin.

  • What kind of peel is best for my skin type?
  • What is the strength/concentration of the peel?
  • How many sessions will I need, and how often apart?
  • Who performs the chemical peel treatment? What skin types do they usually work with?
  • ​What kind of results can I expect?
  • What should I do to prepare my skin for the treatment beforehand?
  • How should I care for my skin after the treatment? Can I keep using my normal skincare products?



Beautiful skin is just a hop, skip, and a peel away.  Have you had any experiences with chemical peels?  What advice do you have to share?


Love and Cheers,


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Online Editor, Beauty Writer at Beauty-Goodies
As a New York City-based registered nurse with backgrounds in pharmacology, medical research, medical spa aesthetics, and cosmetic dermatology, Cristal became interested in the ways people go about achieving beauty. When she's not working full-time at Cornell Medical Center or performing aesthetic treatments at a midtown NYC medical spa, she daylights as a beauty writer, and has a penchant for scoring sample sale treasures, bellydancing, playing dress-up, and of course, chatting about beauty goodies.

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