Are Chemical Peels Safe?

Feb 13, 2024
Are Chemical Peels Safe?
Chemical peels give you a fresh-faced glow. But can a procedure that involves slathering "chemicals" on your face be safe? Read on to learn why chemical peels are effective and perfectly safe when administered by a professional.

A chemical peel is like a beauty reboot for your skin. The procedure involves applying a special solution to your skin that stimulates the sloughing off old skin layers, revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion.

At North Pacific Dermatology & Aesthetics, dermatologist Kelly Kinsley, MD, offers superficial and medium-strength peels to refresh your complexion. When performed by a qualified and experienced professional like Dr. Kinsley, you can be confident that you're safe. 

Here's what you should know about chemical peels so you feel confident in their effectiveness and safety.

What chemical peels do

Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin, causing it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. This process reveals a smoother, regenerated layer of skin, reducing imperfections such as fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

Here at North Pacific Dermatology & Aesthetics, you benefit from two strengths of chemical peel:


The glycolic acid peel, a superficial chemical treatment, enhances skin tone, texture, color, and elasticity. It is applied to the face, hands, neck, and chest.

Precision peel

This peel comes in both superficial and medium-depth intensities. This chemical peel works wonders for improving the complexion and restoring the skin's natural radiance. It also addresses concerns like acne, melasma, and those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.

Experience professionals

Dr. Kinsley thoroughly understands skin types, skin conditions, and the appropriate use of chemical peels. She knows when to recommend the procedure and when to tell a patient to opt for other treatments that will get them better results, such as laser therapy or microneedling

Factors that influence the safety of chemical peels

Several factors contribute to the safety of chemical peels, and Dr. Kinsley carefully assesses each patient's goals and skin health before recommending the procedure. 

Factors she takes into account include:

Skin type

Your skin type determines how you’ll react to chemical peels. Dr. Kinsley customizes the peel's strength and formulation based on whether you have sensitive, normal, oily, or combination skin.

Medical history

You’ll undergo an interview and questionnaire to determine if you have any underlying medical conditions or are taking certain medications that would make a chemical peel contraindicated. 

Peel depth

Chemical peels come in varying depths or intensities, from superficial to deep. The choice of peel depth depends on the results you hope to get from the peel. Dr. Kinsely takes into account your personal needs and tolerance for downtime. Superficial peels need little downtime, while more intense peels require more aftercare and recovery.

Post-peel care 

Dr. Kinsley provides comprehensive post-peel care instructions to minimize the risk of complications and achieve the best results. These may include avoiding sun exposure, using gentle skincare products, and staying hydrated.

Normal side effects

A chemical peel can cause side effects like redness, peeling, and mild discomfort. These side effects usually resolve on their own within a few days. Dr. Kinsley recommends how to manage any side effects and ease any discomfort. 

Chemical peels are safe and effective for skin rejuvenation when you seek care from a professional like Dr. Kinsley. To find out how a chemical peel can revitalize your complexion, call North Pacific Dermatology & Aesthetics or use this website to schedule your appointment.