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Chemical Peels

Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology Located in Southwest Austin, TX
Chemical Peels

Chemical peels have been a popular cosmetic treatment for decades. They are a type of exfoliation treatment that can help improve the appearance and texture of your skin. Chemical peels are a great option for people who want to improve the look of their skin, especially if they have acne, fine lines, wrinkles, or sun damage. At Pure Dermatology, Christopher Chu MD, FAAD and Chelsey Straight MD, FAAD offer a variety of chemical peels, depending on your desired goals.

Chemical Peels Q & A

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin. The solution exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells and revealing fresher, smoother, more youthful-looking skin. There are three main types of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep. Superficial peels only affect the top layer of skin, while medium peels go deeper and can help with more serious skin concerns. Deep peels are the most intense and require the most recovery time.


What do chemical peels treat?

Chemical peels can treat a wide variety of skin concerns, including:

Fine lines and wrinkles

Sun damage

Acne scars

Uneven skin tone


Rough skin texture

The type of chemical peel you get will depend on your individual skin concerns and the depth of the peel you need.


Is it painful to get chemical peels?

The level of pain during a chemical peel will depend on the type and depth of the peel you receive. Superficial peels typically only cause mild discomfort, while medium and deep peels may cause more intense pain or discomfort.


What is the recovery for chemical peels?

The recovery process for chemical peels will depend on the type of peel you receive. Superficial peels usually require little to no downtime, while medium peels can require several weeks of recovery time. After a chemical peel, your skin may be red, flaky, and sensitive for several days to several weeks. It's important to avoid sun exposure and to follow your doctor's post-treatment instructions carefully to ensure proper healing.


Chemical peels can be a great way to improve the appearance and texture of your skin. The type of peel you receive will depend on your individual skin concerns and the depth of the peel you need. While the procedure may cause some discomfort and require some recovery time, the results can be well worth it. Your board-certified dermatologist at Pure Dermatology can discuss which chemical peel will best fit your individual goal. If you're interested in getting a chemical peel, call us at 512-766-2610 to schedule a consultation or book online today.