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Doctor in Huntington NY answers, “What are chemical peels?”

Chemical peels are among the most versatile treatments. Peels may be customized. Your skin type, condition, and goals help the Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center’s professionals determine the strength of and ingredients used in this type of treatment.

The approach

Every 28 days the average skin cell journeys from the lower layer of the epidermis to the outermost surface layer where the old, dead cell is sloughed off to make way for fresh, new cells. By age 30, this regenerative process slows, resulting in tired-looking, dull, dry, rough, and splotchy skin.

Cell turnover is stalled by exposure to harmful UV rays from sunlight or tanning beds and tobacco use. Characteristics of a mature face may appear earlier. Age-related changes in skin’s deeper layers can make some of these conditions worse.

The good news is the trained and experienced board-certified dermatologist, physician assistant, and licensed esthetician at the Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center can restore this regenerative process. Chemical peels work by removing the outermost layers of skin in a gentle and controlled manner. Removing these old and damaged cells promotes the formation of new and unblemished cells. The skin that grows back looks and feels smoother, younger, and brighter.

The ingredients

There are many different types of chemical peels, which vary by ingredients used and the strength of those ingredients. Since there are so many different formulations, peels can be used to treat many different types of conditions.

Generally, peels are divided into three categories:
  • Light or superficial
  • Medium
  • Deep
These categories refer to the strength of the peel. Light or superficial peels penetrate only the outermost layers of skin as a suitable treatment for fine lines, uneven skin tone, brown spots, and dryness. These lunchtime peels may help maintain skin quality.

Medium-strength peels treat more severe instances of hyperpigmentation, lines and wrinkles, and splotches. They are also an effective treatment for acne scars. Since these types of peels reach the lower layers of the epidermis and the dermis underneath, treatment time and healing is longer.

You can return to work or other activities immediately following a light peel. The peeling process only requires a few days, and makeup may cover lingering redness or flaking. The peeling process for stronger treatments is noticeable for about a week, after which time you can wear makeup.

The deepest peels are little used in most modern practices. While there can be a dramatic transformation in the texture and appearance of the skin, the risks and healing associated with this type of peel doesn’t make it a good option for many patients. In addition, dramatic results can be achieved without the deepest peel’s discomfort and downtime with a series of milder peels.


Peels may be further customized to the specific concern that brings you to the practice in the first place. Some peels are made from ingredients that treat and control acne, while others are formulated to target sun spots and other discoloration.

Arrive at Dr. Roger Koreen and his professional staff when you ask: “What are Chemical Peels in Huntington NY?” Their approach is to examine your skin and medical history before customizing an effective and safe treatment plan. Skin type, complexion, and goals are just some of the other factors that will determine the strength and type of peel that is best for you.

Technology has also evolved to where other types of resurfacing, such as lasers, can achieve dramatic results formerly limited to deep peels or surgical treatments. Call 631-417-3300 to schedule an appointment at the local office.

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