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What Is a Skin Peeling Treatment?

Learn all about skin peeling treatments from dermatologist Elissa Lunder in this Howcast skin care video.


Hi, I'm Dr. Elissa Lunder. I've been practicing dermatology at Dermatology Partners in Wellesley, Massachusetts for the past 10 years. I believe that skin care doesn't have to be complicated. With a few simple steps you can have beautiful skin. You can visit Dermatology Partners on the web at So today we're gonna talk about skin care. A skin peel is a way to chemically exfoliate the skin. Skin peels can range in strength from a really mild glycolic acid all the way to a super strong TCA peel and the type of peel that you choose depends on what you are trying to treat. The most common peels that are used are the glycolic acid peels and those are used to just brighten and freshen up the skin. Cellulosic acid peels are generally used for acne prone skin. It works fantastic to help open up the blackheads and what works even better is a week after you have a peel if you go in for a skin cleansing because in that situation you can do a facial and really extract to work better after the skin cells have been loosened by the cellulosic acid peel. A lot of people hear the word skin peel and think it's going to be some big event but generally it's really not. Lots of time you can go about to have a peel and go about your day.

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