As we age, skin tissue regenerates slower and skin-cell turnover slows. The skin cells of a young adult regenerate about every 30 days. This natural process is impossible to stop, but skin-care clinicians can influence the speed at which these changes happen, as well as treat other skin conditions or concerns, with chemicals peels.

A chemical peel is an exfoliation treatment that can improve the health and appearance of the skin by sloughing off old skin cells and bringing new cells to the surface. Chemical peels can be combined with other services such as dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. Dermaplaning is a procedure that involves the use of an instrument to gently scrape away dead skin cells and reveal the youthful cells underneath. It also encourages cellular turnover. Microdermabrasion is a technique that can yield similar results with the use of a machine.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, chemical peels can help improve the appearance and health of sun-damaged skin, as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne and scars. They can also be an effective treatment for melasma, a common skin problem that results in brown patches on the face.

The active ingredients used in chemical peels mostly fall under two categories, alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids. The molecular structure of each of the acids in these categories is unique, and different acids are used for different skin concerns or conditions. What hydroxy acids have in common is their ability to weaken the cellular glue that makes dead skin cells stick together.”

Some of the most common acids that are used in chemical peel treatments at FORME are salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and mandelic acid. Some treatments consist of a combination of different acids administered in several layers.

Chemical peels vary in depth, from superficial to medium to deep. The stronger the peel, the deeper it penetrates into the layers of the skin.

Superficial peels impact the skin’s outer layers, or epidermis. They are so gentle, that they’re referred to as “lunch-hour peels.” Consistent treatments, every four to eight weeks, will have the greatest impact on the skin’s texture and tone.

Deeper peels penetrate the dermis, a deeper layer of the skin which contains sweat glands, nerve endings, hair follicles, sebaceous glands and blood vessels. It can take a week or two for the new layer of skin to regenerate. The depth of the peel and the type of ingredients in the peel will depend on the skin concern or condition.

At FORME, a clinical esthetician consults with a dermatologist during the consultation appointment. Together, they determine the appropriate therapy for the particular skin concern or condition and ensure there are no skin abnormalities.

Learn More About Clinical Peels at FORME

Shanell Ellis

I want to arrange a chemical peel for my daughter and I.

Froedtert & MCW

Hi Shanell – Thanks for reaching out. We have shared your comment and information with the appropriate team, and they will reach out to you to get something scheduled. Thanks! -Taylor

Susan Sommer

I am interested in a mandelic peel for my rosacea

Froedtert & MCW

Hi Susan – Thanks for your interest. We have shared your comment and information with the appropriate team, and they will reach out to you to get something scheduled. Thanks! Taylor

Deja Vaden

How much is a chemical peel and how often do you have to get them done until you see progressive results?

Froedtert & MCW

Hi Deja - The team of clinical estheticians at FORME assesses each individuals skin to determine which type of treatment is best, based on individual goals. In general, superficial chemical peels should be done anywhere from four to eight weeks apart to maintain healthy skin and to see lasting results. The pricing of chemical peels varies for each individual, based on skin type and desired results. Please call FORME at 414-955-1050 for more information.

Nakita Polk

Interested in chemical peel services.

Froedtert & MCW

Hi Nakita - Thanks for your interest. We have shared your comment and information with the FORME team, and they will reach out to you to get something scheduled. Thanks, Taylor

Cynthia Schulz

I have not heard back on my questions about chemical peels or prices

Froedtert & MCW

Hi Cynthia,
Thanks for following up. We have shared your original request for information and contact information with the FORME team, and they will reach out and answer your questions about chemical peels and prices.
Thank you,

S Lewis

I am interested in some type of skin Revitalization whether it be a chemical peel, light therapy , or retina and a moisturizer Vitamin C Etc to get a clean dewy light and bright face Any suggestions ?

Froedtert & MCW

Thank you for reaching out. Our team of aesthetic experts at FORME Aesthetic and Vein can help develop a personalized skin care plan based on your individual skin complexion and skin care goals. Please call the team at FORME at 414-955-1050 to set up a consultation. Thanks, Taylor

Sinead Raleigh

Hi: I just wanted to ask any cosmetic treatment you get here does Insurance pay for any of it, or is it your own responsibility.

Froedtert & MCW

Hi Sinead - Procedures considered cosmetic are not covered by health insurance. Our team can help patients determine treatment costs after an evaluation. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call our team at 414-955-1050. Thanks, Taylor

Charrita Townsend

Interested in chemical peel..