Chemical Peels

So it’s no secret that I am obsessed with all things related to beauty. Skincare is no exception!  Flawless, beautiful glowing skin is my ultimate goal. I’m willing to try almost any product promising results at least once including professional cosmetic procedures. My friends over at Potomac Plastic Surgery know how passionate I am so they gave me the green light to share the exclusive deets on the most popular growing beauty  trend- professional chemical peels.


In sheer numbers, injectables are by far the most popular cosmetic procedure. BOTOX® Cosmetic and similar wrinkle-reducing injections lead the way but last year no procedure increased in popularity more than chemical peels. According to 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS), chemical peels are now the 3rd most minimally invasive cosmetic procedure performed in the U.S. It’s easy to see why more women — and men, who underwent 8% of the chemical peels — are increasingly fond of the treatment. Peels are really versatile and used to alleviate acne, minimize scarring, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve hyper pigmentation.

Let’s compare peels: at home products vs. a professional peel?

Although chemical peels generally fall into 3 categories — superficial, medium, and deep — there are multiple variations within each category. A skilled plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or aesthetician can customize peels to suit specific skin tones and conditions. Deep peels are rarely performed and are considered more of a surgical procedure because they require anesthesia, a longer recovery, and follow-up appointments that aren’t necessary with medium-strength or superficial peels.

Medium chemical peels offer more dramatic results, but they require some downtime. Dr. Houtan Chaboki  offers a range of med spa treatments  at his Washington, D.C., practice. According to his website: most patients are able to return to work in 7 to 10 days with makeup.

The post-treatment redness gradually fades over a matter of weeks, leaving the skin with a fresher, smoother, more polished and youthful appearance. After the skin has healed, the routine use of sunscreen is recommended to protect your skin from damaging UV rays. A good superficial chemical peel exfoliates the skin to a lesser degree and while promoting smoother skin that appears refreshed and glowing.

How do home peels measure up to the superficial peels offered at the med spa?

As with most commercially available products, the effectiveness depends on the concentrations of the product,  your skin type and your desired results. At-home peels use many of the same chemicals — such as glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acid — that a physician uses, but mixed in weaker concentrations. These are good for stripping away dead skin cells and spur some collagen growth, which can help minimize wrinkling. Benefits include:

  • A smooth, even complexion
  • Reducing acne flare-ups by ridding the skin of dead cells
  • Treating blackheads
  • Improving the appearance of fine lines

Potomac Plastic Surgery Washington DC

At-home peels offer convenience and can treat superficial skin concerns, but there’s no substitution for the results you get with a professional. If you’re not sure about your skin type, or are uncertain about the depth of peel needed to treat the skin conditions that concern you, it’s best to consult a professional who can recommend an effective home product or an in-office peel. If you’re in DC check out Dr. Houtan Chaboki  at Potomac Plastic Surgery located at 2021 K St NW.

Disclosure: Thanks to Potomac Plastic Surgery for this guest post

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