Chemical Peels

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Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a skin rejuvenating treatment that utilizes specially-formulated chemical solutions to improve your skin quality. During the procedure, a chemical solution is applied to your skin. It removes the top layer of your skin and causes the layers beneath it to regenerate themselves. This process leaves your skin looking younger and glowing brighter.What’s more, the treatment can be customized to your specific needs, with superficial, medium-depth, and deep peels available.

At DermFx, we offer numerous chemical peel treatments that can leave your skin looking positively radiant. For more information, visit our contact page or call us at one of our five Southern California locations! 

About Chemical Peels

Chemical peels enhance the appearance of your skin, making it look smoother and healthier. They can help to offset the effect that aging has on your skin and its ability to regenerate. There are many different types of chemical peels. Your treatment will depend upon your skin condition and your desired result.

The chemical peels that DermFx has to offer include:

VI Peel Precision Plus

VI Peel Precision Plus treats pigmentation with its specialized Lighten Booster and Brightening Booster features. This chemical peel formula suppresses melanogenesis and causes rapid cell regeneration. It is uniquely formulated to combat pigmentation and fix textural damage. VI Peel Precision is safe for all skin types and will yield results within seven days.

VI Peel Advanced

VI Peel Advanced is a highly powerful chemical peel formula that is suited for more mature patients. It works to reduce deep wrinkles and improve skin elasticity. The formula is designed to penetrate the skin deeply and enhance collagen production to offset the effects of aging. 

Salicylic Acid Peel

Salicylic acid peel is a treatment for oily and acne-prone skin types. It enhances new skin cells and promotes collagen, creating a healthy glow. It is also great for improving damaged skin caused by the sun. This peel also helps control acne breakouts and decreases the redness associated with pimples.

Glycolic Peel

The Glycolic peel is a treatment for patients who want healthier looking skin. This treatment sheds off multiple layers of skin, smoothing out wrinkled skin and eliminates fine lines. The glycolic peel helps restore skin through the production of new collagen. This treatment will help control acne breakouts, decrease redness associated with pimples, minimize and reduce age spots, dark spots, white spots, and improve damaged skin caused by sun or UV light damage.

TCA Peel

The TCA Peel is a treatment for all skin types. It improves texture and discoloration caused by sun damage. It cleans deeply clogged pores, reduces severe acne and eliminates blackheads. This peel removes deep wrinkles, strong fine lines and dark spots. It works great for removing age spots. The TCA can also lighten and remove medium to deep scars, reducing the appearance of stretch marks, birthmarks and stubborn cellulite.

Blue Peel

The blue peel system is effective for many skin conditions, including laxity, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, large pores, comedones and more. It can be treated on all skin colors and thicknesses. It is best for patients who want a fast procedure with dramatic results.


Chemical Peels work by initiating a process in which the skin regenerates itself, causing natural aesthetic improvement. When the chemical formula is applied, it causes controlled injury to the skin. This injury exfoliates the skin and leads to the regeneration of your skin cells. (1) The outermost layers of injured skin peel off, revealing a more youthful layer underneath. 

Chemical peels are a beneficial cosmetic treatment because their rejuvenating effects are caused by natural healing processes. Unlike cosmetic surgery which requires incisions and does not itself regenerate skin tissue, chemical peels leave no scars and require minimal time for recovery

Chemical peels are most commonly used to treat skin on the face, neck and hands. They can improve various skin conditions, including:

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines
  • Acne
  • Scars
  • Sun Spots & Freckles
  • Rough Texture
  • Melasma (Dark Spots)

Who is a Candidate for a Chemical Peel?

An ideal candidate for chemical peel treatment will be tired of skin imperfections and looking for a simple in-office treatment to improve them. They will want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and have a more youthful glow. If you fit this description, a chemical peel could be right for you!

If you are on acne medication or any other medication which causes sensitive skin, you may want to hold off on receiving chemical peel treatment.

Personal Consultation

At your personal consultation, we will provide everything you need to know about your chemical peel procedure. We will review your medical history and assess your current health. We will look at the condition of your skin and discuss your cosmetic goals. With this information we can decide whether or not chemical peels are right for you, and which of our chemical peel formulas will work best for your skin. 

To schedule your personal consultation, fill out the form on this page or call us at one of our five southern California locations! 


In preparation for your chemical peel, we will provide you with personalized instructions catered to your condition and treatment plan. It is important that you follow these instructions so that your treatment goes smoothly.

For a week before your treatment, you should avoid other skin treatments that might make your skin more sensitive. You should also avoid excessive sunlight and tanning beds for similar reasons.

Chemical Peel Procedure

On the day of your procedure we will thoroughly wash your skin to remove excess oils. The chemical solution will then be applied to your skin. The solution may produce a warm sensation on your skin for a few minutes. This sensation will be followed by a slight stinging sensation. 


Chemical peels are typically divided into three categories- superficial, medium, and deep. These categories are determined by the strength of the formulas used and the level of skin resurfacing that they cause. The deeper the chemical peel, the longer and more intensive your recovery will be. (2)

If your chemical peel was superficial, it will feel like a sunburn. You’ll see some redness along with some scaling for up to seven days. The treatment can be repeated as little as two weeks afterward.

If your chemical peel was of medium depth, expect swelling and stinging along with redness and scaling. You may develop blisters. Your skin will eventually crust and peel off. Your skin will heal fully in about two weeks. You can receive another medium depth chemical peel in as little as six months after your initial treatment.

If your chemical peel was deep, your skin will be highly sensitive and will require downtime for healing. We may wrap your treatment area. Your skin will heal in two weeks, though sometimes redness and swelling last longer than that.

We may prescribe antiviral medication to be taken after medium and deep chemical peels. For all chemical peels, you should avoid tanning beds and excessive sunlight while your skin heals. You should also carefully apply lotion daily to prevent your skin from scarring as it crusts and peels. 


Once your skin has healed itself completely, there will be a soft layer of youthful, regenerated skin. It will take from one to fourteen days for your new layer of skin to completely reveal itself, depending on the depth of your treatment. Your skin will have a smoother texture, and your sun spots and freckles will be less prominent or gone entirely. Your wrinkles and fine lines will be less noticeable, as well. 

The effects that aging and lifestyle have on our skin are inevitable. While chemical peels can offer short-term solutions for skin improvement, the results are not permanent. 

Corresponding & Complementary Procedures 

DermFx offers a variety of treatments that can give you similar results or work in conjunction with your chemical peel. 

RF Microneedling

Agnes RF Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation treatment that combines microneedling with applied radiofrequency energy. Like a chemical peel, agnes RF microneedling causes controlled injuries to the skin so that it will heal and regenerate itself. This treatment is specially designed to promote the production of collagen. The microneedling technology allows for precise control over which areas of your skin are treated, minimizing the affected area of skin and reducing recovery time. 


HydraFacial treatment utilizes a specialized skin resurfacing tool to gently remove impurities and administer a special blend of supportive nutrients. This treatment is great for shrinking enlarged pores, reducing redness, and improving oily complexions. It can work in combination with your chemical peel to hydrate your skin and uphold its youthful, glowing appearance.

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How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost?

To find out how much a customized chemical peel will cost at DermFx, contact us directly on this page, or call us at one of our five southern California locations! 


Do chemical peels hurt?

Chemical peels come in a range of severities and depths. For light and medium treatments, you may feel a slight burning or itching sensation. Your treatment provider can apply numbing cream to your skin prior to your treatment to prevent discomfort. For deep chemical peel treatments, your treatment provider may recommend anesthesia or sedation.

What is recovery from a chemical peel like?

Recovery time for chemical peels increases with the severity of treatment. For light peels, you will recover fully within seven days. You may experience some redness and flaking as your new skin reveals itself. For medium peels, you will recover fully within fourteen days. You may need to apply protective ointment, as your treated skin will peel off. You may experience some swelling. For deep peels, you will recover fully within fourteen days, though swelling and redness will be more intense. Your treatment provider may wrap your skin and prescribe pain medication. It is normal to experience some redness even after your skin has fully healed. This can last for a few weeks with light peels and up to several months for deep peels.


  1. O’Connor AA, Lowe PM, Shumack S, Lim AC. Chemical peels: A Review of Current Practice. Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2017;59(3):171-181. doi: 
  2. Samargandy S, Raggio BS. Skin Resurfacing Chemical Peels. PubMed. Published 2020.