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Chemical Peels
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Are you new to cosmetic dermatology or looking for a new, more convenient medical office in Carlsbad? Maybe you’re just beginning to show signs of aging or have been putting it off for years. Chemical peels are perfect for patients who aren’t quite ready for lasers or for patients looking to maximize results with a combination of treatments. To see if chemical peels are right for you, give our office a call today for a free consultation.
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At Premier Medical Aesthetics, we use the award-winning Alumier line of chemical peels because of their superior results and safety profile. Our specially-trained skin care professionals recommend light to medium depth chemical peels for our patients who want little to no downtime. Easing the skin into the process allows it to rejuvenate without trauma, allowing the skin time to adjust and recover. We recommend our medium to deep chemical peels for patients looking to treat deeper wrinkles, lines, acne scars, and more severe skin damage. Deeper chemical peels penetrate deep into the skin, providing more dramatic results as the skin creates new, thicker collagen. We carry the full line of Alumier products so you can cohesively continue your professional treatments with home skincare products to further advance the health and beauty of your skin. Call our office today to schedule a thorough skin analysis with customized recommendations for a treatment program to address your skin concerns.
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What are Chemical Peels?

A chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma-peeling, is a cosmetic treatment most often performed on the face, neck, décolleté, back, and hands to remove layers of damaged skin. Chemical peels are treatments that use a chemical solution to intentionally damage and exfoliate the skin to improve its texture and appearance. Old skin layers peel off to be replaced by new, healthy skin. The treatment accomplishes this by disrupting the bonds between dead skin cells and speeding up the skin cells’ turnover rate, increasing collagen production, and improving skin firmness. The purpose of a chemical peel is to enhance the skin by minimizing or correcting different skin problems such as fine lines, skin discoloration, preventing acne breakouts, and fades acne scars. There are different types and strengths of chemicals peels that can remedy a variety of skin problems. Give our office a call to make an appointment to see which chemical peel is right for you.

Chemical Peel Process

Our superficial chemical peels have little to no downtime, while our medium and deep peels may have a longer recovery.
For best results, it’s best to avoid prolonged sun exposure.

1-Week Before

Leading Up

One week before your chemical peel, it’s best to avoid waxing, electrolysis, microdermabrasion, injectables, laser treatments, depilatory creams, exfoliating products, shaving the area to be treated, or any products that may dry or irritate the skin like salicylic acid, certain prescription medications, alpha hydroxy acids, hydroquinone, retinoids, and vitamin C. Before discontinuing, let our office know if you are taking any prescription medications.

1-Week Before

Day of Treatment

The Big Day

Your skin may look and feel like a mild sunburn after your chemical peel, with possible itching, stinging, redness, heat, and tightness for a few days. Wait at least 24 hours after treatment to wash your face or to apply any makeup. Make sure to use a gentle, soap-free cleanser and do not scrub or use a washcloth.

Day of Treatment

48 Hours After Treatment

Immediately After

Your skin may begin to flake for 3-5 days. If this happens, it’s okay to apply a moisturizer. We will recommend an Alumier-branded moisturizer that collaborates with your peel. It should be applied at least twice a day or more as needed to decrease the appearance of flaking skin. If using your own moisturizer, avoid products containing anti-aging ingredients during the peeling process.

Stay cool. Any heat may cause hyperpigmentation. Avoid hot showers, hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, hot or Bikram yoga, activities that would cause excessive sweat, hair dryers, etc. Because your skin is sensitive, avoid loofahs, facial brushes, or other exfoliating devices. Stay out of the pool and do not apply ice or ice water to the treated area.

48 Hours After Treatment

3-7 Days After Treatment

After Care

To maximize results and minimize side effects, we recommend using an Alumier post-procedure cream.

3-7 Days After Treatment

Up to 2-Weeks After Treatment

Two Weeks IN

Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat. Apply sunscreen with an SPF 30 or more. Do not go to a tanning bed. We ask our patients to avoid this practice because of the increased risks of skin cancer and the accelerated signs of aging.

Do not pick, pull, peel, or scratch the treated area or any loosening skin. Doing so could damage your skin and cause hyperpigmentation and scarring.

Until the healing process is complete, avoid any chemical peels or treatments that could jeopardize your procedure.

Up to 2-Weeks After Treatment

2-Weeks After Treatment

the results are In

After the peeling process is complete, you may resume your normal skin care regimen. Make sure to discuss your beauty routine with one of our aestheticians or trained skin care professionals. Not every patient will have noticeable peeling. Each chemical peel is different and a lack of peeling is not indicative that your peel did not work. You should still experience the benefits of collagen stimulation; improvement in skin tone and texture; and diminished appearance of fine lines and pigment. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to call our office.

2-Weeks After Treatment
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How Does IT Work?

Before we go into how they work, let’s discuss how they were discovered and used. Dating back to Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra used sour milk, which is full of lactic acid or alpha hydroxy acid, to improve her skin’s appearance. The modern practice of resurfacing and restoring skin using chemical peels was introduced in the late 19th century to treat freckles and skin irregularities. Chemical peels can also thicken the skin, increase dermal volume, and stimulate collagen. There are many types of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep. When you come in for your complimentary consultation, our aesthetician will analyze your skin’s health to recommend the best way to treat your skin care concerns. Superficial chemical peels work by decreasing the pH balance, loosening the connection between dead skin cells to exfoliate and stimulate new cell growth. The shallow layers of the epidermis flake off dead skin, revealing smoother, more radiant skin underneath. Our medium-depth peels treat through the papillary dermis while deep chemical peels treat to the mid-reticular dermis. Superficial peels are mild chemical peels and typically have no side effects. Stronger peels, like our medium and deep chemical peels, cause protein coagulation and cell necrosis in the epidermis and dermis layers, which leads to skin regeneration and collagen stimulation.

What Not to Peel

When choosing a treatment plan, it is crucial to consider your skin tone, texture, depth, any scars, or active acne. We may also prescribe topical products like hydroquinone to lighten pigment, a retinoid to speed skin cell turnover, and a steroid to prevent inflammation. Chemical peels are helpful for many skin conditions, including the lightening of hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory acne discoloration, and scarring left behind by pimples. Our experienced aestheticians will analyze your skin to discuss your skin type and any concerns you may be having to determine whether you’re a good candidate for a superficial peel, medium peel, or deep peel to achieve your goals. It’s important to discuss any underlying medical issues that could be affecting your skin’s outward appearance.

Cost of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels range in cost relative to their strength, depth, and the size of the area treated. A superficial or light peel is less expensive than our medium or deeper peels. It’s best to make an appointment to discuss your skin care concerns so we can make recommendations on the best course of action to achieve the desired results. Chemical peels are typically less expensive than laser resurfacing treatments that penetrate deeper into the skin, but we do have some powerful peels with equivalent effects to lasers for darker skin tones that can’t use laser treatments. More in-depth treatments like deep chemical peels and laser treatments increase the recovery period but leave your skin looking fresh and healthier. Chemical peels aren’t right for everyone or every skin type. Some patients are more sensitive to skin treatments than others. We can help you determine if a chemical peel is right for you and your skin care goals. Give our office a call today to schedule a free consultation.

Chemical Peel Benefits

Getting on the fast-track to younger, healthier skin with chemical peels.
Fine Wrinkles
Smooth Facial Lines
Skin Pigmentation
Smooth Skin Tones
Acne Scars
Diminish Facial Scarring
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Acne
Reduce/Eliminate Acne
Dryness
Rehydrate & Foster Healthy Skin

Sun Damage
Peel Away Years of Aging

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ASK A CHEMICAL PEEL EXPERT
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Beautiful skin doesn’t happen overnight. As you age, your skin care needs may change as well. Hopefully, your search landed you here, and we’ve answered any questions you may have about chemical peels. Visit our Chemical Peel FAQs below and let us know if you have any additional questions. We want our patients to have a clear understanding of expectations.

Chemical Peel FAQ

Everything you could ever want to know about Chemical Peels, but didn’t know to ask.

All About Chemical Peels

Why chemical peels are a great way to enhance your skin.

About Chemical Peels

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Chemical Peel Concerns

Precautions to consider when getting a chemical peel.

All About Chemical Peels

All About Chemical Peels

Why chemical peels are a great way to enhance your skin.

Chemical peels are skin treatments that use a chemical agent to create a controlled wound to remove the skin’s superficial layers. Treatments promote healthy skin regrowth and improve hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and uneven skin texture.

Yes! Chemical peels remove the outer dermal layers of your skin, triggering the generation of new healthy skin growth.
Chemical peels date back more than 50 years and have always had an outstanding safety record. People with darker skin need not worry about permanent pigmentation issues, but we advise you to consult with our aesthetician.

A chemical peel treatment’s success should not be judged based on your body’s ability to go full reptilian. Some patients might not even peel, and that’s ok; the amount of excess skin shed will vary from person to person but always in an accelerated fashion. In the end, everyone will see improvements in tone, texture, lines, pigmentation, or breakouts.

About Chemical Peels

About Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels go after a host of skin issues. People suffering from sun damage, melasma, fine lines, breakouts, enlarged pores, uneven texture, wrinkles, and PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) can benefit from a chemical peel.

Your skin will be cleansed of any surface dirt and oils. After the skin has been thoroughly cleaned, a chemical agent will be applied and allowed to remain on your skin for 3–5 minutes. Most patients will experience a slight tingly sensation during this period. Once your skin has been brought back to a neutral state, a nutrient-rich serum will be applied to feed new skin growth and reduce symptoms of redness, heat, or peeling.

There is no specific time set in stone that a chemical peel will last. Each person’s skin will continue to age at a different speed. People with more severe cases like excessive sun damage will likely continue to see new spots as dermal layers turn over.

Your skin treatment’s full result will be realized upon completion of its healing cycle. Healing time is dependent on the type of chemical peel applied. Healing time ranges from 1-14 days. Ask your clinician what kind of peel is right for your skin condition.

Because everyone’s skin heals at a different pace, it’s best to consult your aesthetician. You can generally have a light peel every two to five weeks and a little longer for medium peels. Deep peels should be spaced at least 1–3 years apart.

Chemical peel patients should only wash their face with mild cleansers and avoid using washcloths or any other abrasive cleaning products while healing. Make certain to wear sunblock daily with an SPF 30 or greater. Prolonged sun exposure should also be avoided for at least one week post-procedure. Apply a hydrating moisturizer twice per day or as often as necessary to relieve dryness and peeling.

Immediately after a chemical peel, the patient’s skin may feel a little tacky and have a yellowish-orange tinge that subsides as your skin neutralizes. It is important not to wash your skin for six hours after treatment. Washing your face too early will affect your results. Some patients may experience some temporary redness.

Most patients report peeling 2–3 days after treatment and can expect it to last up to 5 days. It is essential that you don’t peel your skin away manually. Prematurely removing peeling skin can result in raw skin exposure that could develop undesirable pigmentation issues and scarring.

One week before treatment, avoid waxing, depilatory creams, electrolysis, and laser hair removal procedures. Three days before treatment, discontinue the use of prescription topicals like Retin-A, Differin, or Tazorac as well as any products that actively contain retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA), or benzoyl peroxide. If you are experiencing any skin sensitivity, you should avoid chemical peels as well.

Medium or deep chemical peels will require some downtime. Deep peels may require a little extra care for recovery up to 3 weeks. Avoid heat and sun exposure while the skin is healing. Three to five days post-treatment, you need to avoid bringing your body’s core temperature up. Heavy sweating or strenuous activity should be avoided as it can cause excessive exfoliation.

Chemical Peel Concerns

Chemical Peel Concerns

Precautions to consider when getting a phemical peel.

Pregnant or nursing mothers, people with allergies to Aspirin, individuals with compromised skin conditions such as sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, or sensitive skin aren’t candidates for chemical peels. Others with serious medical conditions like diabetes, heart conditions, or immune disorders should also avoid chemical peels. Individuals shouldn’t seek out chemical peels if they have recently had laser skin treatments or have used Accutane within the last year.

Serious side effects typically occur because a patient has not followed in-home care instructions. The risk of developing scarring, lightening, or darkening of the skin, and an infection dramatically rise if you do not shield your skin from the sun. Picking, itching, or scratching the treated area will also likely end with adverse results. Make sure only to use mild cleansers and not sooner than six hours post-treatment. Do not use makeup before your skin has had a chance to heal. Persistent redness has been reported and can last for months.

You’ll want to avoid sweating during the first day following a chemical peel. Sweat can adversely affect the results of your peel. You may resume your regular routine the following day.

Before & After A Chemical Peel

Great for pigmentation, scarring, wrinkles, and a host of other skin conditions.
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COMMON CHEMICAL PEEL USES

Common chemical peel ingredients include alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAS), comprised of glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane), lactic acid (derived from milk), malic acid (derived from apples and pears), tartaric acid (derived from grapes), and mandelic acid (derived from almonds); salicylic acid (aspirin family), a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA); trichloroacetic acid (TCA); and retinol to give a boost of collagen. With a series of regular sessions, mild or superficial peels are beneficial with little to no downtime or irritation. Similar to chemical peels, enzyme peels use fruit enzymes to improve skin texture and appearance. Medium peels treat more noticeable skin texture and tone issues with mild redness and irritation. Deep chemical peels made from resorcinol, lactic, salicylic, or a combination of these acids are great at treating deep wrinkles, lines, acne scars, and more severe skin damage. Combining regular peel sessions and a prescribed home skincare program will provide the best results.

COMMON CHEMICAL PEEL USES

Common chemical peel ingredients include alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAS), comprised of glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane), lactic acid (derived from milk), malic acid (derived from apples and pears), tartaric acid (derived from grapes), and mandelic acid (derived from almonds); salicylic acid (aspirin family), a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA); trichloroacetic acid (TCA); and retinol to give a boost of collagen. With a series of regular sessions, mild or superficial peels are beneficial with little to no downtime or irritation. Similar to chemical peels, enzyme peels use fruit enzymes to improve skin texture and appearance. Medium peels treat more noticeable skin texture and tone issues with mild redness and irritation. Deep chemical peels made from resorcinol, lactic, salicylic, or a combination of these acids are great at treating deep wrinkles, lines, acne scars, and more severe skin damage. Combining regular peel sessions and a prescribed home skincare program will provide the best results.
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Premier Medical Aesthetics
Address: 3257 Camino De Los Coches, Suite 305, Carlsbad, CA 92009 • (760) 642-7014
About Our Office
Our highly-skilled aesthetician works closely with the doctor and nurses to formulate a comprehensive plan that will help you achieve clear, even, luminous skin. We offer chemical peels to treat everything from acne to anti-aging. Give our office a call to schedule your complimentary consultation.
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Located in the medical building across from Sprout’s Market, our office is conveniently located on the corner of Camino De Los Coches and Rancho Santa Fe Road in Carlsbad’s La Costa area. With convenient, off-street parking, both local and visiting patients will find a spot. To schedule an appointment, give our office a call.

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When you’re looking for chemical peels near me, look no further. You’ve found the best place. Beyond the La Costa area of Carlsbad, we also cater to residents in nearby communities of Bressi Ranch, San Elijo Hills, Leucadia, and more, as well as its neighboring cities of Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Olivenhain, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Vista, Oceanside, and San Marcos.

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