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Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels in South Lake Tahoe, CA

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What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical Peels are different types of acids that come in many different strengths and formulations. Chemical peels work by exfoliating the skin’s surface to reduce the appearance of blemishes, smooth skin texture, improve radiance, and restore skin health. They are most effective at enhancing cell turnover and improving the appearance on the surface of the skin. Some peels are used to treat signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and uneven texture, while other peels can help more with blemishes, and large pores.

Your medical history will be reviewed to make sure you are an appropriate candidate for chemical peels. Your provider will review all information about the treatment with you and will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Your skin will be cleansed and the chemical peel will be applied. The amount of time and number of passes will be determined by the provider. Typical sensations during the procedure range from a tingling sensation to mild discomfort which depend on multiple factors including the tolerance of the skin and the strength and duration of the acid. The symptoms of the peel can typically be halted with neutralization of the acid. Typical side effects after the treatment range from redness and sensitivity to skin sloughing. The treatment will typically take less than 30 minutes in total. We recommend starting with a series of 3 peels separated by about 1 month apart each. You will be sent home with aftercare instructions and it is important to adhere to these for appropriate healing and results.

What to expect?


How do Chemical Peels work?

Chemical peels improve the texture and appearance of the skin by sloughing off the outer layers of the skin and ultimately revealing smoother, healthier skin underneath. The goal is to create a controlled, safe injury to the skin, thereby prompting skin to naturally repair itself and reveal newer, brighter skin.

When should I get a Chemical Peel?

Due to the exfoliating nature of chemical peels, skin may become more susceptible to damage from environmental aggressors and its typically recommended to avoid chemical peels during times of increased UV exposure (e.g. summer).  

Which peel is right for me?

We are currently offering several superficial and medium depth peels. Please see the list below to get an idea of what each peel will provide:

Light Gel Peel - Glycolic/Lactic

For photodamage, uneven texture, and aging. Superficial exfoliation. 20% salicylic acid, 10% mandelic acid. Recovery 1-2 days. Good to improve appearance of texture, discoloration and hydrates skin. 

Light Gel Peel - Salicylic/Mandelic

For discoloration, acne-prone, and aging. Superficial exfoliation. 20% salicylic acid, 10% mandelic acid. Recovery 1-2 days.
Good to help smooth texture and decongest pores. 

Sensitive Micropeel - Glycolic, Lactic, Phytic

For photodamaged and sensitive skin. Superficial exfoliation. 12% glycolic, 8% lactic, 2% phytic acid, 2% niacinimide. Recovery 1 days
Helps smooth texture, restore radiance, and hydrate skin.

Medium Micropeel 20%

For photodamage, uneven texture, lines and wrinkles. Superficial exfoliation. 20% glycolic acid, glycerin. 0-2 days recovery
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and skin imperfections and improves radiance. 

Smart TCA Peel

For moderate to advanced fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and pores. 15% trichloroacetic acid, 3% glycolic acid. 4-5 days recovery. Improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, stubborn discoloration, and pores. 

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