At West Houston Dermatology we offer chemical peels, a non-invasive procedure, which uses an acidic solution designed to exfoliate skin cells. The chemical solution removes the damaged outer layers of skin, and the result is the reduced appearance of blemishes, acne scarring, and wrinkles. This allows new, healthy skin to emerge and greatly stimulates the production of collagen. Not all chemical peels are the same, and they vary by strength ranging from mild exfoliation to deep peels designed to repair acne scarring, wrinkles and sun damage. At West Houston Dermatology we firmly believe that each patient is unique, so we will evaluate your skin type and condition to recommend a chemical peel that is right for you to avoid over-treating or under-treating your skin. Though this is a non-invasive procedure, there is some downtime that depends on the strength of the chemical peel you undergo. Usually, Retin A or Beta Lift peels cause peeling for 2-3 days, but a deeper peel, such as trichloracetic acid (TCA) can peel for up to one week. During this time, it is important to keep your skin out of the sun, apply sun screen, and allow the peel to work on its own – that is, don’t help the peeling process along with picking. Contact West Houston Dermatology today to set an appointment to discuss your options for a chemical peel or peel package that is right for you.