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Integrated Dermatology Of Tidewater

Dermatologists located in Norfolk, VA & Chesapeake, VA

A chemical peel transforms your skin by promoting cell turnover and ridding your skin of dead cells on the surface. At Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater in Norfolk, Virginia, master esthetician Lynn Hicks provides several chemical peels with quality ingredients to restore a more youthful complexion. To explore available peels and choose one for your skin, call the office, or book a consultation online today.

Peels Q & A

What are peels?

Peels are exfoliative treatments for your skin that use chemicals to facilitate the removal of dead skin cells and debris from the surface. Over time, dead cells accumulate on your skin’s surface and highlight features like wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. 

During a personalized peel at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater, Lynn applies a chemical formula to your skin. The formula causes your skin cells to slough off the surface eventually and allows for new cells to grow and replace them. 

What are my options for peels?

Lynn offers different options for peels at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater. She reviews your options with you after a thorough evaluation of your skin and a discussion about your skin concerns. She may recommend:

Glycolic or Lactic AHA Peels

Glycolic and lactic alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) peels are mild and safe for most skin types. They provide a subtle reduction in wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and congested pores. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, these peels are great options because they dislodge them. A series of four to six glycolic or lactic AHA peels provides optimal results. 

The Jessner’s Peel

The Jessner’s peel uses salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol. It works well for pigmented spots, photodamage, and acne. Like the glycolic and lactic AHA peels, you should get four to six Jessner’s peels in total for long-lasting great skin. 

The TCA Peel

The TCA peel uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to reduce dark spots, scarring, fine lines, and sun damage. It’s a light-to-medium peel, but you can see a major difference after just one treatment. Depending on your skin’s condition, you can get TCA peels once every four to six weeks or quarterly to maintain your results. 


The Micropeel, with 20-30% salicylic acid, reduces your skin’s oil production to relieve acne breakouts and pore congestion. With four to six treatments, you’ll also see a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. 

What are the benefits of peels?

One of the main benefits of a chemical peel is that it increases skin cell turnover. This means that new cells grow quickly to replace old and dying cells, leaving you with younger and fresher-looking skin. When your skin goes through this process, it reduces the appearance of unfavorable features like:

  • Dullness
  • Dryness
  • Acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Dark spots

Lynn tells you how to care for your skin after your peel to be able to maintain its renewed luster and avoid new damage from the sun. 

To find out which peel will make your skin look its best, call Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater, or book an appointment online today.