Chemical Peels: What You Need To Know

What You Need to Know About Getting a Chemical Peel

First of all let me say that I’m really going out of my comfort zone on this post! Sharing full naked face photos is definitely something that I didn’t think I would EVER do here! But, I’ve been loving sharing lots of new things with you guys here and am so excited about this post!! If you follow me on instagram and IG stories, you’ve probably seen some of my dermatologist posts, and even saw my daily chemical peel updates a few weeks ago. Well it’s safe to say that I’ve really loved the difference my skin has seen since trying out a chemical peel.

One of my biggest skincare concerns is my dark sun spots from tanning and laying in the tanning bed when I was in high school and college. Since working with Southeastern Dermatology this is one of the things I’m working to improve and am seriously so happy with my results just over the past few months! Just after one week of the chemical peel I saw a significant decrease in my dark spots and feel like my skin definitely brightened up, which is so exciting! I’ll walk you through a little more of the chemical peel today and will do another post on my updated skincare routine soon!

What You Need to Know About Getting a Chemical Peel

Here is a quick before, during and after shot. I very minimally edited these so you can get the full effect. But just from these little snaps you can definitely see in the after how much the spots  have decreased! I have a more even skin tone, lighter spots and am definitely wearing less makeup/going makeup free a lot more often these days! Wahoo!

I also wanted to answer some chemical peel questions if you’re interested in trying one out yourself or if you’re just wanting to learn more! I know I was super intimidated by the whole process so hopefully this can help you, if you’re anything like me!

What You Need To Know About Getting a Chemical Peel

What is a Chemical Peel & How Does it Work?

A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Sun exposure, acne, or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. A solution is used to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers to reveal younger, more even looking skin underneath. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on the hands and neck.

What’s the Chemical Peel Procedure Like? Does it Hurt?

I literally takes no time at all! I was in and out of my appointment in about 30 mins, and the actual process took about 10. She wiped a few rounds of product all over my face and neck 3 times and we were done! By the third round you do start to feel a little tingling/burning sensation, but it’s no big deal at all and doesn’t last long.

What’s the Downtime? How Long Does it Take to Kick in?

You’re supposed to go back to your regular skincare routine the next day. You can still wear your makeup, but you will start to peel a few days in. I started 2 days in and it was probably the worst day 3 & 4. You’re not supposed to peel the skin off, you just leave it, which is hard, so I just choose to do light makeup, if I did any at all, and let it work it’s magic. I was still lightly peeling a week in, but it was more just on the outsides of my face (jawline, neck and hairline) so I was able to wear my usual makeup the following week.

Do you Really Peel?

Yes! I did the middle strength peel because I wanted it strong enough to see results but not too strong for my newbie skin. It was the perfect strength because I saw the peeling, got amazing results and it wasn’t too much!

What are the Benefits?

Some things that chemical peels can help with are: acne or acne scars, age and liver spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, irregular skin pigmentation, rough skin and scaly patches, scars, sun-damaged skin.

How Expensive is it?

This one was $150. Which I feel like is pretty reasonable. I would like to note, with anything of quality, it’s going to be expensive. Don’t find a cheap $50 chemical peel and think it’s going to get you the same results! Go to a licensed esthetician or dermatologist and splurge on great skin care! You are worth it!

What Kind of Peel Did You Get?

I got a SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peel. This is the middle option of strength of the chemical peels my dermatologist offers. The Rejuvenize peel can improve the skin’s texture and smooth the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and roughness, as well as skin unevenness that can be caused by acne scarring or pigmentary changes.

Are There Different Kinds?

Yes there are different kinds and different brands just like anything else. My dermatologist uses SkinMedica products which is what their Chemical Peels are. They are one of the best on the market right now, and of course I loved it!

How Often Are You Supposed to Get Them?

They suggest getting them in a series of 3 to see maximum results, but after just one I am so pleased with my results! I will definitely be getting another one at some point, but I don’t feel rushed to get back in and get my second one because I saw such great results with this one!


If ya’ll have any other questions, leave them in the comments, email me, dm me on instagram and I’d love to answer them and add them to this post! If you missed my IG story of my daily peel updates (with peeling progress and so on) they’re on my highlights! You can follow me here and it’s under the skin care highlight! And lastly, Knoxville girls, if you’re interested in trying out a a Chemical Peel I’d definitely suggest Southeastern Dermatology! I have LOVED working with them and am seriously obsessed with my results so far!