Chemical peels

Superficial chemical peels may control some types of acne and improve the appearance of skin. This procedure has traditionally been used to lessen the appearance of fine lines, sun damage and minor facial scars.

During a chemical peel, your doctor applies a mild chemical solution to your skin. This solution helps unclog pores and remove dead skin cells, whiteheads and blackheads. A chemical peel can also generate new skin growth. You may need to repeat the process for best results.

Possible side effects include redness, scaling, crusting, scarring, infection and abnormal skin coloring.

Chemical peels aren't recommended if:

  • Your skin tends to form exaggerated scar tissue — such as keloids
  • You've used isotretinoin therapy within six months

Drainage and extraction

Your doctor may use special instruments to remove cysts, whiteheads and blackheads. This temporarily improves the appearance of your skin.

July 23, 2015 See more In-depth