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Which Chemical Peel is Right for You

Your skin plays a large part in how your face appears in photos and mirrors. Fine wrinkles, acne, sun damage, and small scars can deeply impact the appearance of your skin. Chemical peels work by stripping away old layers of skin to completely transform the appearance of your face. 


In Capitol Hill, Washington, Allen A. Flood, MD, provides all types of chemical peels to those looking to rejuvenate their complexion. He and his multilingual staff can help explain the different types of skin peels, and help you make decisions about which treatment is right for you. 

How chemical peels work 

Chemical peels work by utilizing acids to gently slough away dead skin cells and the topmost layers of your skin. As you shed this old skin, the skin below can replace it. This gives you a fresh, clean, and healthy appearance. 


Many imperfections will be stripped away or reduced in the process, including: 



Different acid strengths can be used to achieve different effects. For instance, weaker acids will strip away less skin than stronger ones. 

Types of chemical peels 

There are three different types of peels, each with varying degrees of intensity. 


Shallow or superficial peel 

This is the lightest and most mild chemical peel, and it serves to refresh your face without any downtime. 


Medium peel 

This peel is strong enough to remove fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. 

Deep peel

This peel can only be done once or twice in your lifetime, but it can drastically impact your appearance by removing scars and deeper wrinkles.


The best peel for you depends on your needs and what you discuss with your doctor. Your skin condition and schedule also need to be considered before getting a chemical peel. The stronger the chemical peel, the more downtime you need to recover. However, light peels might not yield the results you want if you want more than a refresher.  

What to expect after a chemical peel

The side effects of your skin peel depend on how intense it is. It can take nearly a month for your skin to fully heal after being peeled, so you should treat it gently during your recovery period


It's also important to follow your doctor's directions regarding follow-up, aftercare, and how to proceed with your skincare routine. Certain skincare products might be too harsh to use on your freshly-peeled skin, and you might need to moisturize more frequently. 


You should also invest in a facial sunscreen after receiving a peel. New skin is more susceptible to being burned and damaged, and sunscreen is the most reliable way to prolong the effects of your chemical peel. 

If you're interested in getting a chemical peel, schedule a consultation with Dr. Flood by calling 202-235-2431 or booking an appointment online.

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