Chemical peels are the third most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States. Each year, providers perform an average of 1.3 million chemical peels, and the procedure continues to maintain its popularity.

These procedures can benefit many skin concerns and give you a more youthful and refreshed look. Experience this popular procedure’s benefits, and visit Wisconsin Plastic Surgery in Appleton and Green Bay today to learn more.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a procedure in which your provider applies a solution directly to your skin to remove the top layers. As your new skin grows, it can be healthier, smoother, and more even in tone and texture.

Chemical peels can range from mild to deep peels. They can help treat:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Certain acne types
  • Mild scarring
  • A dull complexion
  • Scaly skin patches
  • Melasma
  • Age spots
  • Sunspots

A light peel removes only the top layer of skin, while a medium peel removes the top and the middle skin layers. A deep peel removes even more layers and can be the right choice for deeper wrinkles and scars.

Light and medium peels can be effective for most skin types. Those who might not be the right candidates for deeper peels are people who have a history of abnormal scarring, have conditions that make the skin more sensitive, or cannot stay out of the sun for the length of the recovery period.

The Chemical Peel Process

A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing procedure that uses chemicals to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. This peel can help improve the appearance of wrinkles, sunspots, and other surface-level blemishes on the face. The results will vary depending on the type of chemical used and its strength. People may choose a mild chemical peel or a deeper treatment to achieve more significant results.

The process begins with thoroughly cleansing and preparing the skin before the chemical peel is applied. It is important to use a cleanser or toner that matches your skin type in order to reduce irritation and maximize results. Once applied, it may remain on the skin for 5-15 minutes, depending on its strength and desired outcome.

Once completed, your skincare specialist will remove the chemical solution using water or another rinse agent while applying aloe vera gel to soothe the skin afterward. Over time, fresh layers of new skin are revealed as old layers slough off due to continuous moisturizing and protection from sun exposure, which is essential during this healing process.


After a chemical peel, there is minimal downtime. You want to remember to stay out of the sun and always wear sunscreen. Your skin might be more sensitive, and you want to protect it.

Likewise, avoid saunas, hot tubs, and tanning beds for at least 24 hours. You may also need to apply special creams that your skincare specialist provides.


Rejuvenate Your Skin

Having healthy and rejuvenated skin can help you look and feel your best. At the Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery in Appleton and Green Bay, WI, our aesthetician Melanie Spencer offers personalized treatment with beautiful results. Learn more about skincare specialists and how they can help you maintain youthful, radiant skin today.