Do Chemical Peels Remove Blackheads?


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Chemical Peels & Blackheads

No, Chemical Peels will not remove blackheads. 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. If you want to eliminate blackheads you can do an in office facial, where we cleanse, steam and extract. At home options include masks and or serums to make the pores smaller.


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Chemical Peels & Blackheads

Generally, no chemical peels will not remove black heads. Chemical peels vary in depth and degree of skin improvement. Most chemical peels are superficial and medium depth, which don't treat black heads. Deeper peels may have the potential for removing blackheads. However, the risks and potential complications are higher with deeper peels. Only after a comprehensive evaluation by a dermatologist or chemical peel specialist can he/she help determine appropriate options for you.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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