Chemical Peels


For a trusted chemical peel specialist, look no further. Our lead dermatologist, Dr. Ife Rodney, is an active member of the International Peeling Society, a group of doctors committed to the safe application and effective use of chemical peels.

During our lifetime, our skin takes a bit of a beating. The result of years of damage includes fine lines, dark spots, discoloration, acne scars, and more. With a chemical peel, you can strip away the dead cells of your skin’s surface layer to reveal a fresh, revitalized face. It’s an amazing skin resurfacing technique with exceptional results.


What is a Chemical Peel?


A chemical peel may be the answer you’ve been looking for to deal with troublesome skin. In this quick, non-invasive, outpatient procedure, we place a special solution on your face. The solution contains natural acids, enzymes, and other powerful ingredients to dissolve the glue that holds together dead, dull skin cells. They can target one or more layers of skin, depending on the formula we use and your needs. These reasons make chemical peels a popular alternative to surgery or laser treatment. If you have a wedding, interview, or special occasion coming up, a chemical peel could make the difference.

Chemical Peel FAQs

What is a Chemical Peel?

What do they treat?

They provide reliable improvement for:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Sun damage
  • Acne scarring
  • Irregular skin tone and texture
  • Dull or blotchy complexion
  • Age spots and hyperpigmentation
  • Shallow or surface scars
  • Skin discoloration

Based on the condition of your skin and your aesthetic goals, we offer customized peels tailors to your lifestyle. Chemical peels may be applied to your entire face or just to specific areas. For example, the wrinkles around your mouth. The strength of the peel depends on a variety of factors:

  • Combination of ingredients
  • Technique of application
  • How long it remains on your skin.

How does a chemical peel work?

Chemical peels remove the top layers of your skin. These dead cells clog enlarged pores and lead to acne formation. Depending on the type of your peel, the exfoliation ranges from mild to extreme. The mild peels are sometimes called a lunchtime peel because they can be done very quickly with no downtime. Chemical peels also help to revitalize dull skin by stimulating collagen, and results in a smooth, even and healthy-looking complexion.

What happens during a chemical peel?

First, you should schedule a consultation to discuss your skin concerns, goals, and the amount of downtime you can take. Then we can recommend the peel that’s right for you.  Prepare to spend up to 45 minutes at your visit.

Step 1:

We clean your skin to remove make-up and oils.

Step 2:

We then apply the peel solution using a cotton swab and leave on for a few minutes.

Step 3:

After the treatment is done, Dr. Rodney removes any remaining residue, and then applies sunscreen to the treated areas. Strict sun protection is important over the next week to avoid skin irritation. Dr. Rodney provides thorough aftercare instructions so you have the best experience possible.


What are the main types of chemical peels?

What are the main types of chemical peels?

Chemical peels are designed to exfoliate dead skin cells, unclog pores, improve skin tone and texture and stimulate new collagen production in the skin. Three general categories of peels include:

  • Superficial chemical peels
    Use alpha or beta hydroxy acids, such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid and Jessner’s solution. These peels have minimal downtime, and therefore, are ideal for busy people who desire the least interruption to their routine. Our signature “Glow” peel, can be done every 2-4 weeks, results in a bright and glowing complexion, and also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


  • Medium depth chemical peels
    Use trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and may be combined with superficial peels for added effect. Medium depth peels give significant improvement on sun damage and wrinkles. As they target deeper layers, the skin appears slightly sunburned for a week or two. Also, the rejuvenating effects on the skin can be long lasting.


  • Deep Chemical Peels
    Treat deeper wrinkles around the mouth and moderate to sun damage. They contain phenol or high  strengths of TCA. Because of this, only a dermatologist with expertise in chemical peeling should perform these deep peels.


What can I expect after a peel?

Your face may appear red and irritated for a couple of days after the peel. Then, within two to four days, you should see peeling and flaking. About seven days afterward, you should finish peeling to reveal a new layer of healthy skin underneath.

In the wrong hands, there can be unfortunate side effects, like burning, scarring and dark discoloration. Because of this, it is important that your dermatologist understands the nuances of chemical peels on all skin types. Dr. Rodney will carefully tailor your treatment plan based on your skin type, desired result and desired downtime.

Chemical peels are an effective option for many skin complaints. Dr. Rodney is an expert in chemical peels for all skin types, and is an active member of the International Peeling Society. Call the office or book online today to schedule your chemical peel now.

Can I do a chemical peel at home?

There are over-the-counter, at-home chemical peels from some of the most popular brands on the market. However, these are superficial peels with minimal results. Peels of this nature are the equivalent of an exfoliating scrub. Over time, you would want to see better results. That can happen from a peel using the right formula that can get to deeper skin layers. Speak with your dermatologist for the chemical peel that’s right for you.

Are chemical peels safe on dark skin?

Yes, indeed! Chemical peels work well on dark skin. Your dermatologist should be careful with dark skin. Using the wrong peel or not preparing the skin can actually accelerate hyperpigmentation. Making sure the skin is prepped and giving it time to heal between peels is critical. At Eternal Dermatology, we take pride in treating all skin types, including dark skin.

Are chemical peels right for you?

Chemical peels work on almost all skin types and can help if you’ve struggled with fine line lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and acne. However, there are some persons who should be cautious. Persons with a history of keloids, or taking certain oral medications for acne should not have chemical peels. Pregnant women should also delay chemical peels.

Why choose Eternal Dermatology for a chemical peel in Columbia MD?

At Eternal Dermatology, we’re committed to providing you with the best quality service. After a chemical peel regimen, you’ll have improved skin, reduced fine lines, fewer acne scars, and feel like a new person. Dr. Rodney is skilled in using the best formulations for your skin type and needs. Book your next appointment by clicking the links below.


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