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A Guide to Our Best Chemical Peels

Dr. Gottlieb offers several different types of facial peels to accommodate the needs of many skin types, and common skin conditions. Currently, our office is able to provide 3 chemical peels, but which one is best for you and your skin?

Vi Peel

chemical peel results in Reston, VAThe Vi Peel product line is designed to provide a quick and effective peel that causes as little pain as possible. Not only does the Vi Peel work well on the face, but it can also restore the rest of your body’s skin using multiple treatments.

This peel is excellent for all skin types, and can show signs of improvement as early as 7 days after the first treatment. The Vi Peel is best for patients who are looking to:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smooth the rough texture of their skin
  • Achieve a more even skin tone

Obagi Blue Peel

An Obagi Blue Peel is another professional chemical peel kit that helps to accelerate your skin’s healing process. This medium-depth peel is best used to treat:

  • Dark spots
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Poor skin texture
  • Other signs of aging

TCA Peel

Trichloroacetic (TCA) peels were developed to provide excellent results while not putting the patient through a lot of unnecessary pain. Obviously, facial peels can be painful, and the deeper the peel is, the more painful it will be.

TCA chemical peels are best at:

  • Regulating pigmentation
  • Repairing sun damage
  • Improving acne scars
  • Shrinking pores

General Rules and Recommendations

Any professional grade chemical peel is going to give you good results, but it is still important to remember a few key details before undergoing a facial peel:

  • It’s going to hurt a little bit. All chemical peels are rather uncomfortable, and often give you a sense of tingling or tight skin. If you feel any serious pain during the peel’s application, make sure to voice your concerns to Dr. Gottlieb immediately.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Lots of patients notice their skin becoming very dry after a facial peel. It is important to give your skin a lot of extra moisture during these first few days, as it will help to speed up the healing process.
  • Exfoliate throughout your treatment. Exfoliation is great to prepare your skin for a facial peel, just be sure not to overdo it too close to your appointment (stop just a couple of days before your peel). You can also help to clear away your face’s dead skin by gently exfoliating it a few days after your chemical peel.
  • Follow Dr. Gottlieb’s advice. Different chemical peels may have unique instructions that come with them, so despite what you’ve heard or what you think you know about facial peels, it is critical to carry out every single one of Dr. Gottlieb’s directions to ensure the best possible results for your skin.