What Is A Chemical Peel?


A chemical peel is a skin treatment which is used to improve and smooth out the surface of the facial skin. A chemical solution is used to remove top layers of skin which allows the dead surface skin to peel off. The peeling process leads to new skin growth which is usually smoother, healthier and less wrinkled compared to the old skin. Chemical peels should be performed by aesthetic professionals such as aesthetic doctors, nurses , beauty therapists and medical aestheticians.

Which Peel is Right For Me?

Alta Dermatology offers 3 various peels (customizable to your skin needs):

* MicroPeel (AHA – Glycolic Acid 20% – pH 1.6 or 30% pH 1.4 * MicroPeel Plus (BHA – Salicylic Acid 20% no pH or 30% no pH + Glycolic Acid 3%) * The Pigment Balancing Peel (Glycolic Acid 40% + Citric Acid 10% + 27% pure Vitamin C + 4% Emblica pH 1.6).

They are categorized by the strength of the acid solution used in the peel and how deeply they penetrate the skin and what condition we are treating for what you may be best suited for. We will discuss this in our consultation with you.

A SkinCeutical Chemical Peel can:

  • Improve skin texture and radiance
  • Help maintain firm skin
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Even-out skin tone
  • Help acne-prone skin
  • Revitalize sensitive skin while decongesting pores 

The Skinceuticals MicroPeel

The SkinCeuticals MicroPeel 20 or 30 is a three-step clinical procedure combining exfoliation, chemical peel solution using20% or 30% glycolic acid, and a Vitamin C firming masque, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, laxity, dullness, and skin imperfections.

For optimal results, 2 series of 4-6 procedures per year are recommended. 

What does the Micropeel accomplish?

• Improves the appearance of epidermal lines
• Evens the appearance of epidermal pigmentation
• May eliminate the feeling of dry skin
• Refines the appearance of pores sizes
• Makes skin appear smoother and feel softer
• Reduces the appearance of dull skin

What is the time frame for a corrective program?

• Patients should return every 2 weeks for a Micropeel during the corrective stage of their program.
• Sensitive skin patients should return every 3-4 weeks, and darker skin patients should return every 4 weeks.
• 4-6 clinical procedures are required to obtain desired and realistic results.
• Once desired results are achieved, clinical maintenance is recommended every 1-2 months with acid-free clinical procedures or treatments.
• To obtain optimal results, a patient must be on an integrated skincare program that   includes a customized homecare program, clinical procedures, and professional treatments.