How Often Should You Get a Chemical Peel?

Beautiful Black Multiethnic Latina Woman with Afro Hair Posing Chemical peels are highly customizable cosmetic treatments that tackle numerous issues, from sun spots to fine lines to acne scars. At Aglow Dermatology, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dina Strachan uses several types of chemical peels to help her patients achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. 

One common question Dr. Strachan gets at her New York dermatology practice is, “How often should I get a chemical peel?” The answer isn’t entirely straightforward. Rather than recommending a generic schedule for chemical peels, a skilled dermatologist will assess your skin type and unique cosmetic concerns to determine the strength and frequency of treatments. 

Sometimes a single chemical peel is all you’ll need to achieve your desired results. In other cases, you might benefit from a series of superficial or medium-depth peels repeated every two to four weeks. The best way to determine how often you should get a chemical peel is to visit a specialist like Dr. Strachan. Below are some of the factors she considers when creating treatment plans.

Types of Chemical Peels

Some chemical peels are more potent than others, requiring more time for your skin to remodel between treatments. For example, a superficial peel containing glycolic or salicylic acid could become a monthly part of your acne-fighting routine. Or, a series of medium peels, like a VI Peel® or Jessner’s peel, may be spaced several weeks apart to fade discoloration and acne scars gradually. 

On the other hand, a deep peel containing phenol or high concentrations of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) generally requires one- two weeks of acute downtime but could correct more severe signs of aging, sun damage, or scars in a single treatment. 

Benefits of Getting Regular Chemical Peels 

If Dr. Strachan determines your skin could benefit from regular treatments, she’ll likely recommend light or medium chemical peels. These can help:

  • Manage chronic acne breakouts.
  • Fade hyperpigmentation from sun damage, past breakouts, or melasma.
  • Keep your complexion bright by resurfacing dull skin.
  • Gradually reduce pitted acne scars.
  • Minimize fine lines.

Each patient at Aglow Dermatology receives highly personalized care, so your chemical peel schedule will provide the most benefit with the fewest side effects. 

Schedule Your Chemical Peel in Murray Hill

Dr. Strachan has extensive expertise in improving a wide range of skin conditions with chemical peels. She also specializes in skin of color, enabling her to safely perform treatments for patients with dark or olive skin tones who risk pigmentation issues with less experienced providers. If you’re ready to rejuvenate your complexion and achieve glowing skin, call 212-627-1004 to book your chemical peel consultation at Aglow Dermatology in New York, NY.


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