How Long Do Chemical Peels Last?

Chemical peels are professional, in-office exfoliating treatments that can address and correct a number of different skin imperfections and promote optimal skin health. At Eternal Dermatology in Fulton, MD, we offer different peels to meet the needs of our Baltimore, MD, area patients who want to achieve glowing skin, a more uniform skin tone, and a smoother skin texture.

How Long Do Chemical Peels Last?

Chemical peels dissolve one or more of the uppermost layers of the skin to eliminate dead or damaged skin cells. While one treatment will deliver noticeable and long-lasting results, consistent treatments are necessary to improve the skin over time and eliminate those new dead or damaged skin cells. Your skin goes through a typical cycle every 30 days, and by the end of that cycle, dead skin cells will build up, contributing to a dull complexion or clogged pores.

For that reason, scheduling a chemical peel once or twice per month is a critical part of an effective skincare routine as it combats that dead skin cell barrier preventing you from achieving and maintaining the healthiest, youngest, and brightest skin. The results of a chemical peel are long-lasting, but scheduling regular peels at least every month is key to keeping your skin properly exfoliated and maintaining the most consistent results.

Our Chemical Peels

At Eternal Dermatology, we offer three chemical peels: light, medium, and deep. Each peel is designed to meet the needs of our Baltimore, MD, area patients. You may qualify for a light, medium, or deep peel depending on your goals, skin condition, and the imperfections you want to address.

Light Peels

Light peels contain a combination of acids that work together to dissolve the superficial layer of the skin. In doing so, they can treat minor yet noticeable skin imperfections, like fine lines and wrinkles, visible pores, discoloration, and acne.

They’re designed to refresh and brighten the skin, and the results can last several weeks. These peels are an effective treatment for those who don’t want to plan around significant downtime but want to promote skin health and achieve a brighter complexion.

Medium Peels

Medium-depth peels contain a stronger combination of acids than superficial peels. They can meet the needs of those who want to take their treatment to the next level after they have experienced a superficial peel or those with more noticeable skin concerns that require a stronger combination of acids to address those concerns.

Medium peels can minimize visible lines and wrinkles and eliminate discoloration, including the most common types of hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne, and correct uneven skin texture and tone. The results can last for weeks to months, and with regular monthly treatments, you can continuously improve the appearance and health of your skin.

Deep Peels

Deep peels contain the strongest combination of skin-safe acids and are designed to meet the needs of patients with more advanced skin concerns. Accelerated aging can lead to the development of deep-set lines and wrinkles that require a deeper peel for adequate treatment.

Deep peels can also address severe skin discoloration, extreme sun damage, and acne. The results of a deep peel can last for months to years, depending on your treatment protocol, skin condition, and how your skin responds to the treatment.

What Happens During a Baltimore, MD Area Chemical Peel?

The chemical peel process is relatively quick and simple. Dr. Rodney will cleanse your skin and then apply the right peel with a cotton swab. As the solution sits on your skin’s surface, it will dissolve the layer of dead skin cells and initiate your skin transformation. After a set time, Dr. Rodney will remove the peel, cleanse the skin of any remaining solution, and then apply sunscreen to protect the area post-treatment.

Is There Downtime?

Depending on the type of peel you schedule, you may need to plan around minimal downtime. Light peels require the least amount of downtime. Medium and deep peels may require several days of downtime as your skin recovers and heals.

Post-treatment, your skin may begin to peel, which is a completely normal part of the process, indicating that cellular renewal is occurring. It’s important that you allow the skin to peel naturally and avoid speeding the process by picking at the skin, which can cause infection or scarring.


Regardless of which peel you undergo, you will need to focus on specific aftercare instructions to achieve the best possible results. Removing the top layer of the skin reveals a younger and healthier layer, but that layer is also more susceptible to sun damage. It’s important that you avoid sun exposure after your treatment and always wear quality sunscreen. We will give you complete aftercare instructions on the day of your appointment.

Improve Your Skin With a Chemical Peel

Our chemical peels provide a simple, safe, and effective way to improve the skin and address the most stubborn and noticeable skin conditions and concerns that detract from your appearance and negatively impact your confidence. If you live in the Baltimore, MD, area and are interested in undergoing a chemical peel, we can help. Contact Eternal Dermatology in Fulton, MD, today to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about our peels.

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