Chemical Peels & Acne Treatments Specialist

Hamid Towhidian, MD -  - Medical Spa

Total Cosmetix

Hamid Towhidian, MD

Medical Spa & Cosmetic Surgery located in Irvine, CA & Laguna Beach, CA

If you suffer from aging skin, acne, or other skin imperfections, board-certified plastic surgeon Hamid Towhidian, MD, and his expert aesthetic team offer solutions at Total Cosmetix in Irvine and Laguna Beach, California. They use chemical peels and other acne treatments to revitalize your skin to give you a boost of confidence. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to get started today.

Chemical Peels & Acne Treatments Q & A

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels are skin revitalization procedures in which your Total Cosmetix specialist applies a chemical solution to your skin to remove outer skin layers, stimulate collagen production, and refresh your skin to give it a smoother, younger-looking appearance with fewer blemishes.

What are chemical peels used for?

Total Cosmetix providers can use chemical peels to reduce the following skin imperfections:

  • Acne and acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Aging skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Loose or sagging skin
  • Precancerous growths
  • Dry or rough skin

To determine if chemical peels are right for you, your aesthetic specialist reviews your medical history, examines your skin, and discusses your desired outcome.

What are the different types of chemical peels?

Chemical peels vary in strength, depending on the results you desire. Examples of different types of chemical peels include:

Light chemical peels

Light chemical peels exfoliate outer skin layers using alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid. They are useful for treating acne, wrinkles, skin tone problems, and roughness.

Medium chemical peels

Medium peels containing glycolic or trichloroacetic acid remove outer and middle layers of your skin to treat acne scars, age spots, fine lines, freckles, wrinkles, rough skin, some precancerous growths, and uneven skin tone.

Deep chemical peels

Deep chemical peels containing trichloroacetic acid or phenol can remove outer, middle, and deeper skin layers to reduce large wrinkles, age spots, freckles, precancerous growths, and scars.

What happens during and after chemical peels?

The time it takes for a chemical peel may range from 20-90 minutes, depending on the type of chemical peel you receive. You might feel a slight burning sensation when your provider applies a chemical solution to your skin. 

After treatment you may experience redness, swelling, and tenderness at the treatment site. Follow your Total Cosmetix specialist’s post-treatment instructions, such as keeping the area clean, applying protective ointment, or wearing dressings on your skin.

Light peels may take up to seven days to heal, medium peels can take up to 14 days, and deep peels might take up to 21 days to heal from. Avoid sun exposure to protect your skin and prevent scarring.

What are acne treatments?

In addition to chemical peels, other acne treatments include oral medications, topical medicines, extraction, laser therapy, and steroid injections. You may require a series of treatments or more than one type of acne treatment to achieve the best possible outcome.

Don’t live with acne, aging skin, and other skin imperfections when simple, effective skin revitalization treatments are available at Total Cosmetix. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online for younger-looking skin today.