Chemical Peels

Episode #114 / Oct 26, 2009
Chemical peels, also known as facial peels and glycolic peels, are key to any facial rejuvenation regimen. They're also painless and very easy to do. Dr. Schultz describes what chemical peels do and why they're effective.
jisha on November 7, 2009 at 4:39pm

Good information. Kindly post a video showing how you do a chemical peel on the patient.

Neal Schultz, M.D. on November 7, 2009 at 5:24pm

@Jisha: You can view the episode in which I perform an in-office glycolic peel here: In Office Lunchtime Glycolic Peel Demonstration. However, strong glycolic products such as the one shown in the video should only be administered by professionals trained to do so.

Leila on December 25, 2009 at 2:52pm

Hello Dr. Schultz,

you said that we should do the peels every week or every other week. I am currently doing glycolic peels with my derm but he told me to come once a month. I had two peels of 70% so far, is this ok or should I insist to go more often? Also he only leaves the peels for 1-2 minutes not 5. Is it possible he is using a higher concentration than you?

Neal Schultz, M.D. on January 5, 2010 at 12:53am

@Leila: The length of application and frequency of in-office chemical peels depends on the strength (i.e., % glycolic acid, usually from 30% to 70%), the pH of the peel solution which determines how much of the glycolic can actually affect your skin, and how many peels you have already had. The fact your peel solution is "70%" can be more or less potent depending on whether the solution is buffered to raise its pH (free acidity level). I will be happy to respond if you can tell me the specifics I mentioned (e.g., pH or manufacturer, how many peels you have had and why you are having them).

Pam O'Neill on February 27, 2010 at 1:09pm

Dr Schultz,
I heard the obagi blue peel can tighten facial laxity. If this is true how much and how many peels are necessary?
Thank you for your time.

Neal Schultz, M.D. on March 7, 2010 at 12:27am

@Pam O'Neill: For any facial peel to tighten skin laxity, it must reach a depth that invoked a risk of scarring. Scarring depends not only on the chemicals in the peel (e.g., Obagi Blue Peel) but also on the technique of the physician who administers the peel. Forewarned is forearmed. If you have an Obagi Blue Peel, make sure that the physician has been personally recommended to you by other people who have been happy with the outcome of the procedure by the physician.