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The Superficial Chemical Peel: Gentle Rejuvenation with a Quick Recovery Time

A Chemical peel is a skin treatment designed to improve the look, feel, and overall appearance of the skin. It involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, which begins an exfoliation process. The problematic skin eventually peels off to reveal a new and smoother skin layer underneath.

There are different chemical peels for addressing various skin concerns. Each treatment varies in the intensity of the chemical and the manner in which it penetrates the skin. The superficial peel is the mildest of all chemical peels.

Superficial Chemical Peels

The superficial chemical peel treatment is done using a mild acidic substance such as alphahydroxy acid. It is used in a way that allows it penetrate only the outermost layer of the skin.

The skin will then be cleaned, and the chemical is applied to the surface for a very little amount of time. After some time has passed, the skin will begin to peel off in a controlled manner. The process may take place over a few days. Once the older, damaged skin has peeled off, you will be able to see new skin take its place.

Superficial peels are useful for correcting mild skin problems on the face, hands, and the chest.

Benefits of Superficial Chemical Peels

Superficial peels are effective in treating skin problems such as mild discoloration, acne scars, and rough skin. It is also useful for correcting mild damage on the skin that is caused by sun exposure. Superficial peels are perfect for rejuvenating the skin in a gentle manner.

The treatment is performed with mild acids that is very effective for achieving skin brightness. It can improve the skin’s appearance and even out its texture.

One of the biggest benefits provided by the superficial chemical peel treatment is its quick recovery time. Other, more intensive treatments with acids require longer recovery periods, but superficial peels require no downtime – one of the reasons why it is popularly known as the ‘lunchtime peel’.

The skin heals quickly after using mild acids; usually within a week. You can also use makeup within a day or two after your superficial peel treatment.

If you opt for multiple superficial peel treatments, the benefits are similar to more intensive one-time chemical peel treatments. So, if you are worried about long recovery periods or using stronger chemicals; you can opt for superficial peels on a regular basis to achieve the same powerful results on your skin.


Chemical peel treatments require careful handling of acids and their precise application on the skin. You should always talk to an experienced dermatologist or cosmetic doctor before undergoing the treatment. Your doctor will examine your skin and talk to you about your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment.

Chemical peels are not suitable for women who are pregnant or nursing. If you have skin infections, you will have to wait for them to heal before you can safely opt for chemical peel treatments. Your doctor will recommend the best time for your treatment after assessing your health.

The effectiveness and benefits of superficial peels can vary based on the type of acid used in the treatment. Your doctor will use a chemical that is best suited for your skin needs.

Contact Our Office

To learn more about the superficial chemical peel treatment, contact our office to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Robert Lowen today.

New Law Requires Notice to Patients About Open Payments Database

Pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 1278, physicians will soon be required to provide a notice to their patients regarding the Open Payments database (Database), which is managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS.

Specifically, this new law requires physicians to do the following beginning January 1, 2024, a physician who uses a website in their medical practice must conspicuously post the same notice described below on their website.

Under this law, a violation of these requirements constitutes unprofessional conduct.

“For informational purposes only, a link to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments web page is provided here. https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/

The federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires that detailed information about payment and other payments of value worth over ten dollars ($10) from manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologics to physicians and teaching hospitals be made available to the public.”

Beginning January 1, 2024, a physician who uses a website in their medical practice must conspicuously post the same notice described above on their website.

Under this law, a violation of these requirements constitutes unprofessional conduct.