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Chemical Peels

Customizable Skin Resurfacing in the Denver Area

Chemical peels at the Denver area’s AboutSkin Dermatology are used to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin by controlled application of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or Jessner’s solution. With different combinations and strengths of ingredients, our aesthetic team providers can customize treatments. Depending on desired downtime, there are light, medium, and deep peels. Light and medium peels (just a few days of downtime, usually) can be beneficial for most skin types in people with acne and mild-moderate sun-damage. Deeper peels (more downtime) are used for wrinkles and scarring.

With chemical peels, studies show significant improvement of acne lesions, as well as help with skin texture and pigmentation. Peels do not replace topical or systemic medicines, but they are very effective in enhancing and speeding the resolution of acne breakouts. They can be used to improve hyperpigmentation associated with acne or other conditions, and can safely be used in people with darker skin types. Our own Dr. Joel Cohen has written extensively on chemical peels for several scientific/academic medical journals.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Since many signs of aging and damage are found in the surface of the skin, removing that layer can provide a “cleaner slate” for women and men seeking rejuvenation. A chemical peel does just that: helps to improve overall skin quality (texture, lines, brown spots, etc.).

After a chemical peel, you should expect some degree of redness, dryness, burning, and crusting—all of which are temporary and depend on the strength of your peel. Chemical peels can be used in combination with microdermabrasion, laser, and light treatments to enhance their results.

Chemical peels are recommended every four to six weeks to achieve and maintain maximal results, often with minimal downtime when lighter “frost” peels are performed—so only a little red or dry for a few days. The rejuvenated skin will have a radiant glow, with improved texture and tone as well.

What Types of Chemical Peels Are Available?

There are many types of chemical peels, differing in terms of strength and the amount of time they are left in contact with the skin. The typical chemical peel range is light, medium, and deep.

Lighter peels require minimal downtime after, yielding results that “refine” the surface of the skin by smoothing out wrinkles, clearing acne, evening out tone, and providing a glow. Medium-depth peels work their way down to the dermis (underlying layer of skin), addressing more severe wrinkles and tone, as well as acne scars.

Deep chemical peels penetrate to the lowest dermis layer, improving the appearance of more dramatic scars and lesions.

The deeper the peel, the more dramatic the results—and the more significant the recovery time needed for healing following the session. Healing from a light peel usually takes three to four days while healing from a medium peel can take about a week, though residual redness may take longer to fully resolve. It can often take two weeks for new skin to grow in and cover the treated areas after a deep peel.

It is important to avoid sun exposure after any peel, as the skin will be especially sensitive and more prone to getting hyperpigmented or sun damaged.

What Other Resurfacing and Rejuvenation Options Are Available?

For some conditions, laser treatments can be an alternative to chemical peels. With lasers, the targets like brown spots are more specific, so treatment often involves less downtime than a peel (ex: Q-switched, Laser BBL, or IPL). Ablative fractional laser treatments remove skin from the surface while non-ablative options rejuvenate tissues from the inside.

Other rejuvenating treatments include MaxG intense pulsed light (IPL), Broad Band Light (Forever Young BBL), pulsed dye laser (PDL), Genius® RF, Ultherapy®, thulium laser, dermal-infusion microdermabrasion, and microneedling. Talk to the AboutSkin Dermatology team to determine which treatment is best for your specific needs.





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Dr. Cohen is 'a derm's derm' -- his published research and opinions are sought after by other dermatologists obsessed with the latest innovations in cosmetic dermatology, including lasers, neuromodulators, and fillers. He's also trained many of these derms. Dr. Cohen is arguably one of the best in the U.S., though he's not flashy or self promoting --just intensely focused on achieving elegant, successful results. I stumbled into his practice quite by accident, and could not be happier. His PA Christina is also phenomenal.


I am so pleased with the high level of expertise and care I have received from Dr. Cohen, Dr. Ho and his medical assistants Cristina and Emily. From the Mohs surgery, to a multitude of lasers, to skin checks; the doctors  have been extremely conscientious and strive to have a relationship with their patients.  I am thrilled with the results of my cosmetic procedures and surgery.  In addition, They are kind and very humble providers. It truly is an honor to be a patient of Dr. Cohen and to be a valued patient of his medical practice. Truly the best in the country.. and The World. Thank you Dr. Cohen and Dr. Ho and staff!

Chris J

Have been a patient of Dr. Stoler for a long time. She knows me well and takes excellent care of my skin. Also gives good and appropriate advice!

Judy Saul

Dr. Joel Cohen was highly recommended to me by several other dermatologists for his expertise in laser technology. I was not only impressed with the treatment I received from Dr. Cohen, but also his wonderful, highly skilled staff. The entire experience was top notch!

Linda Aibel

This is the BEST dermatology and cosmetic location you will ever find! Truthfully they give all the attention and care anyone could ask for. I’m always blown away at their kindness and their service. Doctor Jade Fettig always takes her time to talk to me, answer any questions and recommend the best treatment. Highly highly recommend AboutSkinDermatology. You will love it there too guaranteed! =)

Roberta Rachkovsky

Dr. Stoler is the best!

Karen Maxwell

I have been a patient of About Skin Dermatology for over 12 years. Everyone that I have ever encountered at this practice has been knowledgeable and very kind. I see both Dr. Ho and Dr. Cohen. My skin has not looked this good in years. My whole family goes to this practice. I would highly recommend About Skin Dermatology.


Dr Fettig was great- took her time with me and answered my questions. She has a nice bedside manner and good sense of humor.

Cindy Wells

I used Dr. Cohen for a Mohs procedure. He is fellowship trained and extremely competent. Dr. Cohen remained involved in my follow up care with a plastic surgeon and was always readily accessible and available to address my concerns. Both he and the office staff are caring and committed to providing the highest level of professional service. I highly recommend Dr. Cohen. I think it’s very nice.

Richard Z

I have been impressed with my Botox treatment from Dr Cohen at AboutSkin Dermatology. He and his staff are incredibly professional and pleasant. Maddie is always flexible and accommodating with my hectic schedule. Dr. Cohen takes time and a genuine interest in his patients. I highly recommend him for any cosmetic procedures.

Kendra W

Dr Stephen Ho is a fantastic dermatologist. He takes the time to listen to concerns and he patiently and thoroughly explains procedures and diagnostics.

Ben Reeves

Dr. Jade Fettig is so kind, thoughtful, and good at what she does. You can tell she really cares about her patients and makes what could be awkward check-ups into comfortable, and pleasant experiences.The office lounge is clean, updated and really relaxing. Absolutely recommend her as a provider!

Carrie Konczal

Dr Rothstein is amazing. Very thorough during her exams and explains everything as she goes along. The staff is great as well! Best physician I have in the Denver area.

Philip Yost

Dr. Joel Cohen is a superbly skilled dermatologist as well as a most caring doctor who always put his patient's best interest first and foremost

Diana Lee