Chemical Peels in Knoxville, TN

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What Is A Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel involves the application of an agent to the skin which causes the top layers of the skin to exfoliate or peel. They are used to treat fine lines, pigmentation, aging or sagging skin, sun damage, acne, and acne scarring. At Refine Dermatology, we offer several different peels to address your needs including Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), Salicylic Acid and Modified Jessner’s Solution (salicylic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, ethanol). The exact chemical and strength used will be determined by Dr. Salyards and will be based on the extent of sun damage present, your skin type, and your goals of the procedure.

What To Expect From A Chemical Peel?

You may be prescribed anti-viral medication if you have a history of cold sores which you will want to take for the entire recommended duration. We may also pretreat your skin with retinoids or skin lighteners depending on your skin type and peel.

When you arrive, we will gently cleanse your skin prior to applying the peeling solution. Once the solution is applied to your skin, you may feel tingling or burning. This is typically brief and well tolerated. Cold compresses and/or a fan may be used if needed.


What Happens After A Chemical Peel?

Depending on the intensity of the peel, you will experience different levels of peeling. You can expect peeling and flaking a few days after the appointment along with some redness.  You will want to allow your skin to peel naturally and avoid picking or peeling the skin as it heals.

You will need to avoid sun exposure for at least 1 month following your chemical peel to prevent any damage to the new skin and prevent any pigmentation. It is recommended that you continue good sun protection in the future for best long-term results.

Results will be noticeable once your skin has healed. We may recommend a series of peels to achieve optimal results. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Salyards to receive a tailored treatment plan.


Salicylic Acid $100 Acne
Modified Jessner's $150 Acne, Melasma, Sun Spots, Sun Damage
Trichloracetic Acid (TCA) $250 Melasma, Sun Spots, Sun Damage, Acne Scarring
Layered Peel (Jessner's/TCA) $350 Melasma, Sun Spots, Sun Damage, Acne Scarring, Fine Lines