Chemical Peel

Ducharme Dermatology, Inc

Erin Ducharme, MD, FAAD

Board-Certified Dermatologist located at the junction of Waukee & Clive, Iowa

Chemical peels help decrease signs of sun exposure, acne, and aging. Whether Dr. Erin Ducharme, MD at Ducharme Dermatology, Inc. in Clive and Greater Des Moines Area, Iowa, removes the outer layers of the skin on your face, neck, or hands with a chemical solution, the new, regenerated skin grows in with improved texture and tone. Call or make an appointment online today.

Chemical Peel Q & A

What is a light chemical peel?

Also referred to as a superficial chemical peel, Dr. Ducharme uses light peels to remove the outer layer of skin your skin called the epidermis and help improve the appearance of fine lines, uneven skin tone, and dryness.

When Dr. Ducharme performs a light chemical peel, she applies either jessners or salicylic acid. Your skin whitens, and you feel mild stinging before she washes your face to remove the chemical solution.

Dr. Ducharme uses petroleum jelly to help alleviate mild irritation and soothe the treated area.

After a day or two, you’ll notice a subtle improvement in your skin’s texture and tone, as well as a decrease in the appearance of fine lines. For best results, return to Dr. Ducharme every two to five weeks for repeat light chemical peels.

What is a medium chemical peel?

Dr. Ducharme offers medium depth chemical peels that remove skin cells from your epidermis, as well as the upper part of the middle layer of your skin called the dermis, to treat wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. It also treats precancerous lesions and age spots.

When Dr. Ducharme performs a medium depth chemical peel, she first cleanses the skin to remove dirt and oils, then applies Jessner's solution which helps prep the skin followed by an application of trichloroacetic acid, waits a few minutes, and then soothes your skin with cool compresses.

Stinging and burning follow for only a few minutes, and your skin looks red and feels tight and swollen. Ice packs and over-the-counter, pain-relieving medication help reduce discomfort.

Once swelling decreases, your treated skin gets crusty and develops brown blotches that last for a week or two. Then you’ll notice your skin appear noticeably smoother.

To maintain results, Dr. Ducharme recommends to repeat procedures every six to twelve months.