Chemical Peel

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are superficial procedures to remove surface layers of skin, revealing smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin. Chemical peels can help fade brown spots and an uneven skin tone from sun damage, help fade brown or red discoloration from past breakouts, and generally make the skin’s surface look fresher and younger. Having peels done on a regular basis (say, every 6-8 weeks) will lead to collagen stimulation that improves the appearance of wrinkles. Our peels come in three different depths that are customized based on patient’s skin type. Depending on skin sensitivity and which peel the patient chooses, aftereffects may include a “sunburned” appearance, dryness and peeling skin.

  • Glycolic/Salicylic Chemical Peels
  • SkinMedica Illuminize Peel

These are light depth peels that are beneficial for patients with mild skin imperfections. Glycolic acid peels and SkinMedica Illuminize peels remove the top layer of dead cells on your skin, revealing a new layer that is smoother-textured and more vibrant-looking. These peels help with minor skin discolorations (such as “age” spots), and dry patches known as solar keratoses. While all three types of peels can be used for treating acne and for removing or minimizing old acne scars, salicylic acid peels are the preferred option for oily, acne prone skin. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to penetrate oil, making it a good peeling agent for blemish-prone skin with blackheads. Aftereffects typically consist of dry, mildly flaking skin for 1-2 weeks..

  • SkinMedica Vitalize Peel and Rejuvenize Peel

Using a higher concentration of salicylic acid, lactic acid, as well as retinol, these chemical peels are effective for moderate to severe skin imperfections, such as fine lines, acne, and skin discoloration caused by sun damage or from past breakouts. Expect sensitivity and significant shedding of the skin, similar to peeling from a bad sunburn. Most experience skin peeling that starts about two days after the peel procedure, and resolves within 5-7 days after the procedure.

Preparing for your appointment:

Products to avoid five days before your appointment:

  • Retinol products and prescription retinoids, such as Retin-A (Tretinoin), Renova, Differin, or Tazorac
  • Products containing hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid (AHA), salicylic acid (BHA), or benzoyl peroxide
  • Any exfoliating products that might be drying or irritating


  • Allergy to salicylates (i.e. aspirin)
  • Open wounds, excessively sensitive skin, or inflammatory rosacea
  • Herpes Simplex (cold sores or fever blisters). An anti-viral medication may be necessary prior to treatment.
  • Chemotherapy or radiation treatment
  • Autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, etc.) or any condition that may weaken the immune system
  • Lengthy sun exposure or tanning 3 days prior and 3 days post treatment
  • Accutane use within 1 year
  • Use of depilatories, electrolysis, or waxing of the treated area in the past 7 days
  • Aggressive peels and ablative treatments within the past 6 months
  • Pregnancy/lactating
  • Patients who have had Botox injections should wait until the full effect of their treatment is seen before receiving a chemical peel.