Chemical Peels: An A-peel-ing Lift

Chemical peels are a tried-and-true part of the cosmetic toolbox. From lightly refreshing and nourishing to deep rejuvenation, there’s a chemical peel for almost anyone.

Peels work through controlled injury to the skin, using an acid preparation to loosen and slough off outer layers of skin cells. Results and recovery time depend on the type and concentration of acid, the number of coats applied, and the amount of time it is left on the skin before the acid is neutralized. A light peel may leave you with a sensation like a mild sunburn, while deeper peels may result in increased pain and longer healing time.

Chemical peels address a broad range of skin issues, including:

  • Sun damage
  • Wrinkles and lines under the eyes and mouth area
  • Acne scarring
  • Blackheads and whiteheads
  • Age spots and freckles
  • Discoloration
  • Uneven skin tones
  • Excessive skin oils and breakouts
  • Enlarged pores
  • Dark spots from pregnancy (melasma)
  • Strengthening the skin
  • Acne
  • Irregular hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation

In addition to addressing particular issues, chemical peels improve the overall strength, brightness, and smoothness of the skin by removing dulling dead skin cells and by stimulating your own natural collagen and elastin.

When performed by a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist, chemical peels are suitable for most skin types. If you have inflammatory acne or other chronic skin irritation, if you are sunburned, or if your skin has a tendency to form keloids, however, you should ask your doctor about other ways to refresh and rejuvenate your skin.

At Comprehensive Dermatology of Pasadena, we offer a wide variety of chemical peels, including the following favorites:

The Light Glycolic Peel uses fruit based alpha-hydroxy acids to gently strip away dead skin cells, promoting clear, smooth, younger-looking skin.

The Nourishing Pumpkin Peel mildly slough off dead skin cells, stimulates collagen and elastin, fights free radicals, and reduces sun damage.

The Perfect Peel, with the ultimate antioxidant Glutathione, works from the inside to repair and nourish the skin by giving it a radiant glow, refining pores, improving skin hyperpigmentations, lifting melasma, controlling acne and preventing acne marks.


SkinMedica Professional Peels, available in 3 levels: Illuminize, a great first-time pro peel that brightens and refreshes skin texture with little to no visible peeling; Vitalize, the most popular pro peel, smooths lines, erases sun damage, and restores youthful glow (some visible peeling); Rejuvenize, a full-strength peel for maximum rejuvenating effects (visible peeling and some downtime).


To learn more about what chemical peels can do for you, contact us today!