About Chemical Peels
Alpha-hydroxy glycolic acid and beta-hydroxy salicylic acid are natural substances derived from fruit and sugar cane which were used by Cleopatra for beautification purposes. These agents help turn back the clock through a series of no-downtime procedures. Not all peeling agents are the same, and it is important for patients to undergo such procedures by an experienced skin care professional to achieve optimal effects.
Factors to consider when choosing the appropriate peeling agent for a specific patient include:
- Patient’s skin type
- Class of peeling agents
- Concentration of acid
- pH (measure of acidity/alkalinity)
- Application time
- Buffering agent used for final rinse and neutralization of any remaining acid
Our aestheticians weigh all such variables when selecting the most appropriate peel for a given patient.
- Reduces acne
- Reduces sun damage, wrinkles and fine lines
- Reduces discoloration and brown spots
- Reduces melasma/mask of pregnancy
- Reduces enlarged pores, white heads and black heads
- No down time
- Minimal risk
- Stimulates new collagen growth
Acne Laser Treatment, Acne Surgery, Clinical Facial, Medications (Antibiotics, Topical, Accutane), Microdermabrasion, Prescription Topical Medication, Prescription Oral Medication, Blu-U Light Therapy, Berman Skin Institute Skin Care Products and Photodynamic Therapy.
How Does it Work?
Glycolic acid has two direct skin rejuvenating effects:
- exfoliation occurs as this substance dissolves the natural glue holding dead skin cells together
- dynamic stimulation of new collagen growth
Both effects result in reduction of irregular coloration and contour, reducing lines, wrinkles, brown age spots, and improving skin luster and tone. TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels can be performed for a more potent effect, though downtime can result from the higher concentrations used.
Who is a Candidate?
Most skin types can undergo these procedures.
What can I Expect?
More even, glowing and smoother skin tones with less acne, lines and discoloration.
Results may vary.
Safety & Side Effects
This treatment has a very strong track record for safety and precision. Side effects are rare and generally temporary. The specific risks and the suitability of these procedures for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally.
Alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid peel patients usually require no down time. TCA is a stronger peeling agent that can deliver excellent results, though down time is possible, depending on the strength of acid used.
Does it Hurt?
Slight tingle is the usual sensation
Before Treatment Instructions
Avoid excessive sun exposure and retinoic acid creams (Retin-A, Differin, Avita) for two to three days before treatment.
After Treatment Instructions
Avoid excessive sun exposure and retinoic acid creams (Retin-A, Differin, Avita) for two to three days after treatment.
Who Performs the Treatments?
Our Physicians, Aestheticians and Physician Assistants
Chemical Peel Gallery
Chemical Peels for Brown Spots
Chemical Peels for Wrinkles & Aging
*Results may vary.