How Often Chemical Peel to Maintain the Results?

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Chemical Peel frequency depends on skin condition

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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.

How often to do a chemical peel.

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This can vary from person to person, and the amount of sun damage you have. Many women will have monthly peels to start, then will maintain with every 3-6 months for the best results.

Chemical Peel Maintenance

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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.

Chemical Peel Frequency of Treatments

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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.

Teanoosh Zadeh, MD, FRCSC
Montreal Plastic Surgeon

Frequency of Chemical Peels to Maintain Improvement

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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.


Depends on Depth of Chemical Peel...

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The frequency of chemical peel treatment depends on the depth of the chemical peel and the sensitivity of your skin. However, most patients receive peels bi-monthly for lasting results.

How often to get chemical peels

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It depends why you had the chemical peels and what type of peeling you underwent.  Also remember that sun screens are the best to slow the aging process and hyperpigmentation. On average, many patients get thier chemical peels 3-4 weeks apart.

David A. F. Ellis, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon

How often to do chemical peel to maintain results

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How often you need to do a peel to maintain your result depends on the condition and peel.  A very light peel to refresh your skin may need to be repeated monthly. A slightly deeper one that would also help lift off discolorations could be repeated every 3 months.  A TCA peel, that goes deeper to lift away sun damage would only need to be repeated when the signs of sun damage return. Strong localized TCA peels for acne scarring provide permanent improvement.

Lawrence Osman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon

Chemical Peels and Frequency

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The maintenance for chemical peels can be once every three months or longer depending on what aspects you are treating.  It differs based on whether you are treating sun damage, fine lines, sun spots, textures, or pores.  Please consult a board certified dermatologist with expertise with chemical peels for the best cosmetic results.

Chemical peels for the face

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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

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.