Chemical Peel Specialist

Skin Oasis Dermatology

Katina Byrd Miles, MD, FAAD

Dermatologist located in Gambrills, MD

Do you have discolored skin or facial scarring? Dr. Katina Byrd Miles at Skin Oasis Dermatology in Gambrills, Maryland, offers chemical peels to improve the appearance of your skin. Whether you’re looking to reduce the appearance of acne scars or simply erase your crow’s-feet, Dr. Miles can help. Call today or schedule an appointment online.

Chemical Peels Q & A


What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a technique that Dr. Miles uses to improve the appearance of your skin. She applies a chemical solution that causes your skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. Your regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than your old skin. There are three main levels of chemical peels used based on the severity of your skin — superficial, medium and deep layer peels. They treat a variety of conditions including:

  •  Acne scars
  •  Crow's-feet
  •  Hyperpigmentation                                   
  •  Melasma  
  •  Scars
  •  Sun damage
  •  Sagging skin
  •  Wrinkles

What are different types of chemical peels?  

Skin Oasis Dermatology uses an assortment of peels depending on your specific skin condition. These include the Melanage™ Chemical Peel, the VI Peel®, and the PCA Skin® chemical peels.

  • Melanage™ Chemical Peel: Melanage™ Chemical Peels are most commonly used to treat pigmentation and melasma. These peels also help your skin tone and texture, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines. The Melanage peel uses two ingredients, retinoid, and arbutin, to penetrate your skin. These ingredients speed up cell turnover, which treats your skin discoloration. The process involves a medicated masque and an at-home treatment regimen.
  • The VI peel®: The VI Peel® (VI Aesthetics) is a gentle and powerful chemical peel that improves mild to moderate skin damage, heals acne, and reverses the signs of early aging. The VI Peel works safely to remove your damaged skin layers and promote cellular turnover, leaving you with smoother, clearer, and firmer skin. This medical-grade chemical peel is effective on all skin types. VI Peels are safe for your face, neck, chest, arms, back, legs, and even under your eyes.
  • PCA Skin® chemical peels: Dr. Miles can use the PCA Skin® chemical peels on all skin types — even if you have sensitive skin. PCA chemical peels improve skin concerns like acne, hyperpigmentation, and aging. By increasing your skin’s cell turnover rate, the peels bring new skin cells to the surface. This process reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots as well as clearing up your annoying breakouts.

Is a chemical peel right for you?

The results and treatment vary based on the type of peel Dr. Miles chooses for your specific condition. Generally, if you’re light-haired and fair skinned, you’re the best candidate for a chemical peel. Dr. Miles doesn’t recommend a chemical peel if you have infections, an active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active herpes simplex 1 sores. In addition, you shouldn’t undergo chemical peels if you’re:

  • Nursing or pregnant
  • Have taken Accutane in the previous six months
  • Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea

If you think chemical peels could be right for you, call Dr. Miles or schedule an appointment online.