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Capital Region Vein and Laser Centre | Chemical Skin Peels to remove acne scars, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, liver spots, freckles, dull skin, albany, capital region
Chemical Skin Peels to remove acne scars, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, liver spots, freckles, dull skin, albany, capital region
Chemical Skin Peel, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, liver spots, freckles, dull skin, albany, capital region
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Chemical Skin Peel

Chemical skin peels are used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, uneven skin tone and acne.


Chemical skin peels can also be used to improve scarring from acne. In addition, hyperpigmentation of the skin (brown spots, liver spots, freckles), and skin that is dull in texture and color may be improved with skin peeling.


The regenerated skin is smoother and younger looking than the old skin. A superficial chemical peel can give your skin a healthy, “just refreshed” look, or a medium depth peel can take years off of your appearance.


However, sags, bulges, and “dynamic” wrinkles do not respond to peeling and require a laser resurfacing procedure (FRAXEL). Our medical esthetician can help you determine the most appropriate type of treatment for your needs.

Alpha Hydroxy acid peels

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (or AHA) is a compound found naturally in many common fruits and other foods. AHAs are usually very mild and are commonly found in everyday life.


They work in the epidermis by “ungluing” intercellular cement and allowing shedding of the dead skin cells. In the dermis, AHAs increase the ground substance and boost collagen remodeling, ultimately providing skin with a healthier texture.


The principal AHA is glycolic acid which is found in sugar cane and sugar beets. Glycolic acid performs well on mild to moderately oily skin and is primarily used for fine lines and wrinkles, and sun damage.

Lactic acid

Lactic acid is a milk acid that performs well on dehydrated, sun damaged skin. It is a natural humectant that pulls moisture from the collagen levels to the surface of the skin. Lactic acid is relatively non-irritating with very little, if any downtime.


Jessner’s solution is comprised of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol (a peeling agent). This peel works well on moderately to severely oily skin, acne prone skin, and mildly scarred skin. Patients see improvement in hyperpigmented areas, drying of active acne, improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, and flattening of mild scars.

Beta Hydroxy acid peels

Beta Hydroxy Acid (or BHA) is lipid (oil) soluble, meaning it is able to fully dissolve in oil. The most commonly used BHA is salicylic acid which occurs in nature in willow tree bark and wintergreen leaves.


Salicylic acid is able to penetrate into the pores which contain sebum and exfoliate the dead skin cells that are built up inside the pore.


A salicylic acid peel can eliminate the dirt buildup and bacteria that forms on your skin without being too harsh. This is particularly important if you have very sensitive skin.


Whether you have acne-prone skin or not, a salicylic acid peel can be to your benefit. The peel is also useful if you suffer from sun damaged skin that you once thought was beyond repair, especially if you have darker skin because salicylic acid can be used on any skin type.


The difference between an AHA and a BHA is that AHAs are water soluble and BHAs are lipid (oil) soluble. Because of this difference in properties, beta hydroxy acid is better used on oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads. Alpha hydroxy acids are better used on thickened, sun-damaged skin where breakouts are not a problem.

Is there aftercare following a chemical peel?

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Yes. Daily sunscreen protection is recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology in all patients. Patients should consult our medical esthetician for the SKINCEUTICALS™ sunscreen and products that will best complement your in-office peel.


SKINCEUTICALS™ products are available only through medical skin care professionals, such as the Capital Region Esthetic Laser Centre. For a complete list of our products and prices please ask our medical staff.