Chemical Peels Specialist

Lakeside Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Libertyville, IL & Gurnee, IL

If you are looking to improve your skin’s texture or reduce scarring, wrinkles, and acne, a chemical peel can help restore youthful and healthy skin. Dr. Martha Arroyo of Lakeside Dermatology in Libertyville and Gurnee, Illinois, offers chemical peel services to remove layers of damaged skin to reveal brighter skin underneath.

Chemical Peels Q & A

What is a chemical peel?

Dr. Arroyo performs chemical peels to remove a damaged layer of skin and reveal newer, healthier skin below. Chemical peels are an effective treatment for many surface skin issues including sun spots, wrinkles, and scarring.

Dr. Arroyo applies a chemical solution to the skin, which leads to a “blistering” process. The damaged layers of skin then peel off, revealing a layer of “new” skin. Mild to strong peels are available, depending on the condition she's treating.

Dr. Arroyo conducts chemical peels for both medical and cosmetic reasons. If you have sun damage, acne scarring, or fine lines or wrinkles, a chemical peel can be an efficient way to achieve a glowing complexion.

Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?

Chemical peels work best on those with lighter or fairer skin. Those with darker skin should consult with Dr. Arroyo before proceeding with a chemical peel procedure to determine if it will be the appropriate treatment for their needs.

Chemical peels are most effective at treating surface-level skin issues and are typically less efficient for deeper scars or wrinkles. Peels can also complement other dermatological procedures, such as facelifts, for more comprehensive results. If performed for a medical reason, insurance can cover a chemical peel.

What can I expect during a chemical peel?

When you arrive for a chemical peel, the team will cleanse your skin to prepare it for treatment. Then, the chemical solution is applied.

Depending on the type and severity of the chemical peel treatment you choose, you will experience varying degrees of stinging, irritation, pain, redness, swelling, and flaking for up to a week following the treatment. Some peels require post-treatment ointments, and all require sufficient sun protection following the procedure.

Peels don't require an anesthetic, but you may be sedated. Chemical peels are an outpatient procedure, and you will return home the same day.

Dr. Martha Arroyo of Lakeside Dermatology in Libertyville and Gurnee, Illinois, can help restore your confidence in your skin. Book online now or call to schedule an appointment to discuss your chemical peel options.