Chemical Peels

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is some information to provide you with a better understanding of the Chemical Peel procedure.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel uses different acids to remove damaged or aged skin, revealing healthier, younger, and softer skin. They can range from very mild to very strong, depending on the patient’s needs.  Typically, mild peels will result in minimal peeling but can still rejuvenate the skin, where a stronger peel will result in more significant peeling (like a bad sunburn) but with even more dramatic results.

When do you see results after a chemical peel?

Short term patients notice an instant healthy glow and softer skin. Long term with regular treatments and pre and post peel at home care, results are more dramatic leaving you will healthier, smoother, more even-toned skin.

What should I expect after a chemical peel?

Immediately after, your skin may feel tight and dry like after a sunburn. Typically, within 2-3 days you will notice some peeling or flaking. On average it takes about a week for your skin to heal and reveal your healthy new skin. During this process you should avoid using retinols three days prior to your peel and 5-7 days post peel.

Skinmedica Peels

Improve the appearance of skin with noticeable results after just one peel and compelling results with a series of three to six peels. SkinMedica peels have been developed and clinically tested to address concerns for all skin types and are designed to:

  • Reduce the visible signs of aging
  • Achieve a healthier, more radiant and more youthful appearance
  • Enhance skin texture
  • Minimize the appearance of skin imperfections

The SkinMedica peel portfolio includes three peels, each a different strength and formulation. We will be happy to sit down with you and create a customized series of peels to help you achieve your desired outcomes.


Illuminize Peel
This gentle peel increases skin glow and radiance, restores a more youthful appearance, and improves clarity, color, and skin texture; this peel is most appropriate for first-time peel patients and patients with mild to moderate skin imperfections.

Vitalize Peel
SkinMedica’s most popular peel; this very superficial peel addresses visible signs of mild to moderate skin imperfections including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and melasma.

Rejuvenize Peel
This strong yet superficial peel addresses visible signs of moderate to severe skin imperfections including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and melasma with minimal downtime.

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