Repair Summer Skin Damage With a Chemical Peel

Like many New Yorkers wishing to escape the city’s oppressive summer heat, you spent some weekends at the Jersey shore, lounging on Long Island beaches, or boating with friends and family. Now as summer winds down, you aren’t only left with fond memories of the season, but you also have sun-damaged skin. 

Even the best efforts to protect your skin from the sun don’t always stand up to saltwater, chlorine, wind, sand, and ultraviolet rays. As a result, your skin now has new wrinkles, sunspots, freckles, and a dull, weathered appearance. Is there anything you can do to erase the damage?

Here at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice in East Harlem, New York, Dr. Robin McKinney recommends a chemical peel to repair a variety of summer skin damage. Discover how a customized chemical peel can rejuvenate your skin and bring back a glowing, refreshed appearance before fall is upon us.

The summer’s effects on your delicate skin

The bright sun isn’t the only enemy of delicate facial skin. Add in hot temperatures, high humidity, sweat, sand, and salty air, and you have a recipe for skin damage. Sweat clogs your pores, and sun exposure leads to lines, wrinkles, areas of discoloration, and uneven pigmentation. 

Exfoliating your skin is one of the best ways to remedy clogged pores and dull, sun-damaged patches. However, over-the-counter exfoliants can’t always handle the level of skin damage you incurred during the summer months. And, it may take weeks of using an exfoliant to notice a difference in your skin’s overall health and appearance. 

A chemical peel can remedy sun-damaged skin more quickly. By removing the outermost layers of dead skin, a chemical peel leaves you refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to face fall with healthier, younger-looking skin. 

How a chemical peel transforms your skin

A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing technique in which we apply a chemical solution to your skin to remove the top layer or two. Not all chemical peels are the same, which is why Dr. McKinney recommends the one that will work best for your end-of-summer skin concerns. She customizes your chemical peel based on the level of sun damage you have, so you get optimal results that aren’t too harsh and are highly effective. 

Chemical peels typically come in three levels:

Light (superficial) 

This gentle peel removes the outermost layer of skin to reveal younger, smoother skin. A light chemical peel is an excellent way to treat fine lines, wrinkles, acne from clogged pores, and uneven skin tone. Superficial peels even help tighten your skin.

Your light peel may include glycolic, salicylic, or malic acid, and after a few days of dryness and mild flaking, your skin appears brighter and revitalized with a healthy glow. 


A medium peel removes the outermost layer of skin, or epidermis, along with the next lower layer of the dermis – the middle layer of skin. A medium chemical peel is great for treating acne scars, deeper wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation like sunspots. Medium peels often use trichloroacetic acids, and you need five to seven days to fully recover.  


A deep peel removes the epidermis and additional layers of the mid and lower portions of the dermis. Deep peels have a lengthier recovery of up to two weeks and are typically reserved for removing deep wrinkles and scars or precancerous growths. You can only get one deep chemical peel so as not to damage your skin beyond repair. 

For most men and women, light and medium peels accomplish your after-sun skin care goals. Dr. McKinney answers all your questions about your specific treatment, so you know what to expect before undergoing a chemical peel for your sun-damaged skin. 

What to expect after your chemical peel

It depends on the level of peel you have and your specific skin type, but for the most part, after your peel, you’ll want to protect your skin from the sun. After all, you now have a new layer of younger, healthier skin, so you’ll want to apply moisturizers and sunscreens to keep your newly rejuvenated visage looking beautiful. 

Depending on your needs, we may recommend a series of light chemical peels spaced several weeks apart for optimal results. We explain any precautions you need to take before and afterward, so you can maximize the effects of your treatment. 

If you thoroughly enjoyed summertime and you’re ready to uncover healthier skin as we ease into the cooler months, a chemical peel may be the ideal solution – literally and figuratively! 

Take the first step toward transforming your summer skin damage. Give our friendly office staff a call today at 212-651-6263, or book an appointment online.

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