What is a Chemical Peel?
Our Austin, TX dermatology office assists in reversing sun damage and improve texture and complexion of the skin with chemical peels. A chemical peel uses various agents to assist in removing the top layer of damage skin, leaving behind a softer, smoother appearance. Chemical peels are used to help reduce fine lines, age spots, sun spots, blemishes, scars, and other skin irregularities on the face, neck, chest, and hands. It is also commonly used to help control and reduce the appearance of acne. Our board-certified dermatologists at Snyder Dermatology use the latest solutions in chemical peels including SkinMedica Vitalize, SkinMedica Rejuvenize, Beta Lift, and peels incorporated into the HydraFacial® which are chosen based on your skin type and condition.
Chemical Peel Reviews
"Aging....I'm fighting it with all my might. This is my second visit for a microderm abrasion and chemical peel. The office is situated inside a medical center so the decor is sterile unlike some of the day spas around town that perform similar services. No aroma therapy or calming music here. This is a doctor's office and you have to pay for parking in the garage. I don't have time or patience for relaxation, so I can really appreciate that when I'm here, I get what I was scheduled for and sent on my way. The staff is efficient and well-trained. Yes, my chemical peel hurt like hell and after a few days of peeling like a lizard, my skin looks great. The results that I got are a thousand times better than the results at other day spas. During my appointment for spa services, Dr. Snyder was kind enough to squeeze me in to look at the eczema on my neck and breakouts on my chin. Dr. Snyder is a little cold and has a dry sense of humor. She tells you like it is and cuts out the crap. I prefer information given this way and appreciate that she doesn't waste my time. I got a couple of prescriptions and my skin responded exactly as Dr. Snyder said. My skin looks great and my eczema and pimples are cleared up. I'm very happy! Yes, the spa services are a bit pricer, but one thing to remember---there is no tipping because this is a medical office so the price is actually very comparable to other day spas."- A.K. / Yelp / Dec 13, 2011
"Emily is the best esthetician I have ever been to! She is knowledgeable, effective and so much fun to talk to! I highly recommend her and wouldn’t trust anyone else with my skin!"- L.A. / Yelp / Aug 14, 2021
"I went in for a consultation for a scar I had from a procedure done last year. First off, the office is gorgeous with beautiful art pieces adorning the walls and a wonderful group of staff members that greet you with a warm welcome. I met with Dr. Foley who was kind and attentive as I told her about my nightmarish experience that I had at a med spa in California where I formerly resided. She listened to my concerns and recommended that I start with micro-needling to diminish the appearance of the scarring. This is when I was introduced to the esthetician Robin who was beyond outstanding and patient as she explained in detail each procedure and went over the cost details. I felt so comfortable that I decided to get my first micro-needling session with her on the very same day. I am so glad that I did because she was so gentle and checked in with me during the whole process to assure that I wasn’t uncomfortable or feeling any pain. Honestly, I felt that the micro-needling experience was quite pleasant and therapeutic in the hands and expertise of Robin. Thank you again Synder dermatology for a wonderful first time experience."- A.C. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2022
Types of Chemical Peels
Ask one of our team members about the following peels and which one is right for you:
- PCA Peels
- HydraFacial® Peel
Each of these are quick and easy to apply, offer great results, and are customized per the patient. Common peel ingrediants include beta hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, and TCA.
Chemical peels are an outstanding way to get the glowing complexion you want. They work similar to other nonsurgical treatments, such as lasers and microdermabrasion, but use a chemical agent to reverse the signs of damage. Chemical peels are customized for the patient depending on their skin type and overall need. The best candidates for this skin rejuvenation treatment include patients who:
- Are in good health
- Have mild skin irregularities such as pigmentation problems, fine lines, light age or sun spots, and a diminished skin tone
- Have not used Isotretinoin in the last 6 months
- Are not pregnant or breast feeding
- Are not in the sun daily, and who do not tan in tanning beds
- Do not have active cold sores
- Have not used Retin-A (Tretinoin) within 1 week prior to the peel
- Do not have specific dermatologic conditions that would preclude peels
What to Expect
There are many types of chemical peels available today and our team of dermatologists are very careful in choosing which ones we offer our patients. Chemical peels involve the application of solutions to the skin to cause exfoliation of the damaged, outer layers. The solution is altered depending on what is being treated, as well as the patient's skin type. Some chemical peels are much milder than others, but all are generally less expensive than many other nonsurgical methods available. Prior to applying a chemical peel we will ask a variety of questions to get an idea about your lifestyle and skin history. During the appointment, the face is cleansed thoroughly and the solution is applied directly to the skin. Patients will feel stinging at this time, but it is only temporary. After the peel is applied, we will put a healing ointment and sunscreen on the skin.
After Your Peel
Immediately after a chemical peel, patients will notice that their skin is red and sometimes yellow in appearance. This does go away within a few hours and within 2 – 3 days, flaking will begin to occur. Depending on the grade of peel, the skin will either shed with light flakes, or large sections of skin can peel. It is very important not to touch the skin and pull or help the peeling process as this could result in scarring. The peeling will happen on its own and then you can begin to lightly exfoliate the treated areas in about 10 – 14 days, sometimes sooner. It is important to wear sunscreen at all times and to wait at least two weeks before any facial treatment.
Q: How long does one have to be out of the sun after a peel?
A: 2-3 weeks depending on the depth of the peel chosen. However, once the sun damage is removed you will not want to work to get it back!
Plan Your Procedure
- 30 minutes
Schedule a Consult Today!
Take years off your face with a custom chemical peel at our dermatology center. Remove sun damage, age spots, acne, blemishes, and uneven skin tone in a matter of minutes with a simple in-office chemical peel appointment. We invite you to call our front desk receptionists to learn more about our chemical peels and schedule your skin consultation today.