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How Often Chemical Peel to Maintain the Results?

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Chemical peels for the face

Our office utilizes a series of chemical peels to rejuvenate the skin. Melapeels are lighter chemical peels and are recommended once monthly x 3.


Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Chemical Peel types and frequency

Chemical peels can improve different skin conditions at different strengths, and therefore, with varying healing times depending on the strength. In general, chemical peels refresh the skin and get rid of sun damage. I use stronger peels to improve deeper wrinkles and more extensive sun damage and discoloration. I use weaker peels for exfoliation, acne, fine lines, fine wrinkles, mild discoloration and surface abnormalities. Superficial (weaker) peels are done more frequently (once a month to once every few months) to maintain those results with lesser healing times.

Deeper (stronger) peels are done much less frequently and require much more down time. Depending on the skin condition, chemical peels can also be combined with other modalities such as laser resurfacing, botox, injectable fillers and light electrosurgery.

Chemical Peel frequency depends on skin condition

Mild chemical peels can be done once a month to exfoliate the skin and improve skin texture. If you have acne prone skin or hyper pigmentation you should commit to a package of 5-10 peels in order to get the acne in control or to improve the discoloration. Depending on the skin condition, chemical peels can be combined with microdermabrasion or IPL for even better results.

Chemical Peel Maintenance

Depending on the strength of the peel depends on how often you should get them.
Most of my patients get the original in office peels which require to have it done every 4-6 weeks for best results.

Chemical peels safely remove or exfoliate the top layer of dead skin, allowing new, more youthful, healthy skin to show through. While the skin typically sheds old, dull dead skin cells every 28 days, this process slows down with prolonged sun exposure and aging.
Chemical peels cause this natural cell turnover process to speed up, helping to stimulate the growth of new collagen—the skin-firming protein that acts like a scaffold for the skin. The speed or depth of cell turnover is determined by the concentration of the peel and the amount of time it’s left on skin.
Chemical peels can be done at different depths—light, medium, or deep—depending on your desired results. Deeper chemical peels produce more-dramatic results, but also involve longer recovery times.
The breakthrough is that now we have non-invasive gentle peels that result in little to no downtime, but still give patients extraordinary results. These low-downtime peels work best in a series of three, scheduled over a few weeks. While chemical peels are most commonly used on the face, they can also be done on the neck, backs of hands, décolletage, and the body.

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Depends on peel and concern

It all depends on the depth of the peel and your concern. Usually, you can expect once every two to four weeks, with lighter peels being more frequent.

Chemical Peel Frequency of Treatments

Chemical peel protocols usually call for a minimum of 6 peels spaced out 2 – 3 weeks apart. This depends on which chemical peel you choose and what percentage of acids (such as glycolic and salicylic). To maintain your results from the peel of our choice, you can continue to do them as frequently as one peel per month, or a little as one every change in season (4x/year) this obviously depends on severity of skin condition for which you are being treated and potential sun exposure (since chemical peels usually cause skin to become hypersensitive) please consult your physician before making any decisions.

Chemical Peel Maintenance

Once you have achieved your goals, lighter chemical peels can be performed every 2 months to maintain the results. More aggressive peels generally only need to be performed once or twice a year.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Depends on why you are having the procedure done

I recommend a superficial peel once a month to maintain a steady glow. However, this entirely depends on why you are having this treatment done. If it is to remove acne or improve pigmentation only a few sessions may be needed initially.

Yael Halaas, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Frequency of Chemical Peels to Maintain Improvement

To maintain your improvement following chemical peels there are a couple of options:

  • Perform chemical peels on a regular basis to try to reach the same improvement each time. Generally, the repetitive peels will stimulate more collagen to soften fine lines. But of course each chemical peel comes with downtime (healing time), redness to fade, potential complications
  • Use a regimen of topical retinoids with possible use of glycolic acids and/or hydroquinones to augment the effect of the retinoids.

Generally, the second option is the best one. If you get a good result from your chemical peel (I'm assuming a medium or deep peel since superficial peels are something that you would continue on a regular basis), then you probably won't "need" another peel for a couple of years. But key to this is protecting your skin from further sun or ultaviolet damage and using a prescription-strength retinoid to continue to stimulate collagen synthesis after you're healed. This will help to maintain the results from your chemical peel, speed healing after the chemical peel, minimize some of the potential complications afterward, and spread out the distance to your next chemical peel.


Andrew Kaufman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Peel Maint.

Maintaining results from a chemical depends on what results you want to maintain: Acne? Anti-aging? Hyperpigmentation?  If you have only done light peels for acne then you may have to come in more frequently than if you had deeper peels for scarring or anti-aging.  If I am dealing with acne then I like to slowly ease my patients out... extending the time period between treatments slowly to make certain nothing is going on under the skin.  If I am dealing with Anti-aging and doing more aggressive peels then I recommend 3-6 months between treatments.  You can also mix things up by doing dermaplaning or microderms in between peels to keep your skin exfoliated and maintained.  Be careful doing too many deep peels, and remember there are other options to assist with your maintenance.

Joseph Serota, MD
Aurora Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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