Chemical peels are an alternative to laser resurfacing. The concept is similar to laser treatment, but chemicals are used instead to remove the outer layer of skin. Healing takes place in a similar fashion to laser resurfacing over a similar time period.
Chemical Peels in San Diego
There are various options for chemical peels, and our team of clinical skin care experts will recommend a treatment based on your skin type and your desired results. We typically use salicylic, glycolic, or TCA chemical peels, for their dramatic results in reducing very fine lines, revitalizing dry or dehydrated skin, and improving mild pigment and skin irregularities as well as acne.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are an ideal non-invasive treatment with minimal downtime for those looking to improve the overall appearance of their skin. Our patients love chemical peels because they can:
- Diminish the appearance of very fine lines
- Improve skin texture and tone
- Remove dead skin cells
- Boost collagen production
- Prevent acne
- Enhance the efficacy of other topical skincare products
Types of Chemical Peels
There are three types of chemical peels, which are all formulated with acid.
Glycolic peels are mild peels and ideal for those looking to brighten and improve age-related dull or dry skin. This alpha hydroxy acid is made from fruit acids and works by gently exfoliating the outer layer of the skin to improve hyperpigmentation, acne, and sun damage.
Salicylic acid is a BHA that decreases breakouts in acne-prone skin by targeting the oil glands. Salicylic acid is also oil-soluble so it penetrates the pores deeply and clears congestion and the oil build-up that is the cause of comedones ( whiteheads and blackheads). Salicylic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties that can offer immediate relief to inflamed breakouts.
TCA peels are medical-grade peels that penetrate deeper than glycolic and salicylic acid peels, making them ideal for those looking to improve pigmentation issues and/or scarring. TCA peels also help diminish the appearance of fine lines, reduce sun damage, and improve acne.
Candidates For Chemical Peels
The best candidates for chemical peels are those looking to improve their overall complexion with a non-invasive relaxing treatment that requires minimal or no downtime. If you have questions about chemical peels, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. John Hilinski has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.