A chemical solution is applied to the skin which causes the skin to exfoliate by flaking and peeling. Chemical peels improve the skins appearance by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, acne, acne scaring, melasma, sun, and age spots. Downtime varies depending on the type of chemical peel performed and averages anywhere from 1-7 days. Treatments should be scheduled every 2-6 weeks. A series of 4-6 treatments is recommended.