Chemical Peels

Sun damage can have many presentations on the skin. Some of the most common presentations of chronic sun damage include abnormal texture and color to the skin. When a chemical peel is applied to the skin, it removes the damaged layers of the skin, and in so doing can help improve abnormal texture, which includes typical rough areas of the skin as well as abnormal pigmentation or color to the skin, such as chronic sun exposure leading to brown spots on the face or unwanted mottling of the skin. Chemical peel application by removing the sun damaged layers can reduce the mottling of the skin, reduce the abnormal pigmentation, the brown spots and the discoloration of the skin, and also improve the texture of the skin, and make it much more smooth.

Chemical peels can aid in reducing the risk of certain skin cancers by exfoliating or removing the top layer of skin. The majority of precancerous growths and cells of the skin, as well as skin cancers themselves, arise from the top layer of skin known as the epidermis. When you exfoliate the epidermis through the act of a chemical peel, you have the ability to remove the damaged layer of skin, and give more youthful and younger and less damaged cells with the chance to take root and grow a new epidermis which has fewer abnormal cells in it.

The number of treatments needed for chemical peels depends on the goal of the individual patient. The more vibrant or rigorous the goal in reducing abnormal discoloration of the skin or texture, the more treatments are likely needed in order to accomplish that goal.

The downtime for chemical peels depends on the strength of the chemical peel. The more superficial peels, like glycolic acid, can have a very quick recovery in under a week. The more aggressive, vigorous peels, such as the TCA peel, can have one to two weeks of recovery. It’s very important for patients to understand that the amount of improvement with a chemical peel is directly proportional to the death of a peel, and that is also directly proportional to the amount of downtime needed to recover from a peel. For instance, the more aggressive the peel, the more time it will take to recover. So it’s very prudent to avoid the sun during that healing time, and plan this around social events so it doesn’t interfere with that social event calendar.

At Arizona Dermatology, we offer multiple chemical peels, all varying in intensity, to give you the results you need.

Perfect Peel

The perfect peel is our heaviest peel that works to repair and nourish the skin by giving it a radiant glow, refining pores, improving hyperpigmentation, lifting melasma, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliating sun-damaged skin, slowing aging process and eliminating acne and improving acne scars. This is the strongest chemical peel offered by Arizona Dermatology, but is safe for all skin types.

There is minimal to no discomfort during the 30 minute application process. Patients will experience peeling three to five days after the treatment occurs, and will be completely finished with the peel process by day seven, leaving radiant, glowing results.

Vitalize Peel

The vitalize peel helps fight the effects of time, sun damage and environmental assaults. This powerful, yet non-damaging peel is safe for all skin types. It is recommended as an anti-aging skin treatment, but is often used for those with sun damaged or acne prone skin.

From start to finish the vitalize peel can be done in just 20 minutes. In no time, you can reveal the healthier skin you had no idea was always there. Vitalize peel is gentle enough to use every three weeks and can be treated on all skin types. More dramatic results are achieved with a series of peels and will present maximum benefits.

After only one treatment you will see a noticeable difference in your skin’s texture and tone, lessening of fine lines, and an overall healthier and more youthful appearance. Patients typically return to their usual routine quickly after receiving this peel because of the treatment’s speedy recovery time.

People who benefit most from the Vitalize peel tend to suffer from:
• Sun damaged skin
• Aging
• Blemish-prone skin
• Acne scarring
• Hyperpigmentation
• Melasma
• General poor skin texture

Alpha Beta Acid Peel

The alpha beta acid peel is a non-invasive, light chemical peel that utilizes milder alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy acid combinations to maximize skin rejuvenating effects, with mild irritation. It is recommended as a lunch time peel that will increase skin glow and improve acne in a short time with no downtime!

Glycolic Acid Peel

The glycolic acid peel is one of the most popular and lightest peels that we offer. This peel was derived from sugar cane, so it can be considered a natural product. It helps to improve the appearance of aging skin, as well as uneven skin texture and tone. This natural peel gives you noticeable and long lasting results!

Salicylic Acid Peel

Our salicylic acid peel is one of our lightest chemical peels we offer to our patients and it’s great for killing off acne prone bacteria within the skin. This is an antiseptic exfoliate that deeply cleanses the pores of your skin. The peel is an excellent treatment for acne, and aids in overall skin rejuvenation. Salicylic acid smoothens skin and improves texture with anti-acne and anti-irritant properties.

Modified Jessner’s Peel

The modified Jessner’s Peel is a mix of peels including lactic, salicylic and resorcinol. It is a great solution for acne, acne scarring and pigmentation on the body. The peel is applied in layers so it can be more or less aggressive, depending on your needs and budget. To keep lasting results, it’s recommended that the peel be repeated multiple times per year, depending on the intensity of the peel.