Chemical Peels

Here are Washington Eye Physicians & Surgeons, our oculoplastics specialists offer a comprehensive plan for facial rejuvenation. We are now offering The Perfect Derma Peel, a mild to moderate chemical peel that is great for all skin tones and skin types.

Why Get a Chemical Peel?

There are many different depths and types of chemical peels, but the guiding principle is to remove the outer surface layers of blemished, dull, dead cells and to stimulate growth of vibrant, rejuvenated skin. Chemical peels are a relatively easy, non-invasive, in-office procedure with minimal down time. As we spend more time indoors socially-distancing, and more time in video-conferences, chemical peels can offer facial rejuvenation more cost-effectively than lasers or surgery!

What are some different types of peels?

There are many different types of chemical peels that target various layers of the skin. The deeper the peel, the longer the recovery and higher risk, but ultimately better result.

Superficial Peels

One common superficial peel ingredient an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA). These compounds can be found in over-the-counter products because of their good safety profile. Glycolic acid is a common AHA that is combined with other medical grade peels, or found in many skin care products. Another superficial peel ingredient is Salicylic Acid. These peels cause very superficial sloughing of abnormal cells and are good for very small improvements in skin tone and texture.

Medium Peels

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) in concentrations up to 30% is the most common medium depth peel. These peels penetrate deeper into the dermis to provide stronger effects.

Deep Peels

Deep chemical peels penetrate well in the layers of the dermis to stimulate even more shedding and sloughing of the outer skin layers. Deep peels include higher concentrations of TCA or Phenol.

What skin conditions can The Perfect Derma Peel address?

This specific chemical peel has a combination of Salicylic acid, TCA, Phenol and other ingredients that can address the following skin conditions:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Acne and Acne Scarring
  • Irregular, Uneven Skin Tone
  • Under-Eye Dark Circles
  • Crow’s Feet around Eyes
  • Dull Complexion
  • Age Spots
  • Sun Damage

What are the steps for this chemical peel?

The Perfect Derma Peel offers a mild to medium effect, often with noticeable results after just one treatment. The ease and relative safety of this product on all different skin types and tones makes it a great peel for most people.

A consultation is first required to discuss your skin concerns and goals. We will evaluate your skin, and talk about all the potential rejuvenation options. If this peel is a good option, we can schedule a treatment.


Clean your face with a gentle cleanser to remove make-up and oils.


Cleanse your face even more with acetone to help remove any additional oil.


Apply the chemical peel, which takes about 10-15 minutes. There is a little warmth and stinging, but it resolves in a few seconds.

After applying the peel, you are free to go home. Our oculoplastics specialists will provide a take-home care kit with detailed instructions. It is very important to not touch, wash, rub, or use make-up for at least 6-hours after the peel.

Am I a good candidate for a chemical peel?

Because this is a mild to moderate peel, the Perfect Derma Peel is relatively safe for any skin tone and for people with sensitive skin. It can be used in patients as young as 16 years old, especially to address acne concerns, or older patients to improve skin tone, texture, and clear up fine lines and wrinkles. We will assess your skin to determine if might benefit from the peel. If you have a history of cold sores, open wounds, autoimmune conditions, or are on Accutane, you may not be a good candidate. This chemical peel can be combined with surgery or Botox injections. There is always some risk with chemical peels, including burns and skin pigment changes, all of which we will discuss with you prior to your treatment.

What is the recovery after a chemical peel like?

On Days 1 and 2 of the peel, the treated skin will feel tight and may appear a little darker. Beginning at least 6 hours after the application of the peel, you may apply a small amount of the included moisturizer. You can also wash your face with a gentle cleanser. It is important to avoid any excessive sweating, exercise, and sun exposure during this peel process.

On Days 3-6, the peeling process begins. Continue using the provided moisturizer as your skin will feel itchy. It is very important not to rub, pick, or pull on the peeling skin as this can lead to scarring.

On Day 7 and beyond, the peeling process is essentially complete, and you’ll begin to see your new, softer, rejuvenated skin! Continue to apply the moisturizer throughout this process and be sure to use sunscreen. Our oculoplastics specialists can help you create a simple skin regimen that will keep your skin hydrated and nourished! After 4 weeks or so, another peel can be applied if needed.

How much does a chemical peel cost?

The cost of this peel with the take-home care kit can range from $300-$500 per treatment. There may be discounts when multiple treatments are purchased together or if packaged with Botox or surgery.

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