Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Will an LHA peel make me look younger?
- Is the 5% or 10% LHA concentration better for my skin?
- How many LHA peels will I need in a year?
Pre-procedure prep for LHA peel: In preparation for an LHA peel, you'll be given a prescription cleansing gel, a pre-peel solution, and a skincare serum. Each should be applied to your skin twice daily for 15 days before your first peel. (The pre-peel kit may cost an extra $25 or so.)
On the day of treatment: Avoid any type of manual exfoliation (including dermaplaning) on the day of an LHA peel. Wash your face to remove any dirt, oils, dead skin cells, and other impurities.
What To Expect
There are two segments to an LHA peel, one of which takes place in the dermatologist's office, the other which occurs afterwards at home. During the appointment, your skin is cleansed and then covered with the LHA solution. You'll leave with it still caked onto your skin.
Your skin should peel about three to five days later, becoming rough, flaky, and red. Some patients find that their skin doesn't peel after a single 5% LHA treatment.
Who should do it: Only dermatologists are permitted to perform LHA peels.
Duration: The LHA peel is a bit unusual among peels in that it does not need to be neutralized in-office. This means you can leave the dermatologist's office as soon as the solution applied, which takes about 20 minutes. No more than six LHA peels should be administered during one calendar year.
How Painful Is It?
Moderate stinging and burning is common after the LHA chemicals are applied to the skin.
Options for anesthesia: LHA peels do not require anesthesia.