A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands by applying a chemical solution to the skin which causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin usually turns out smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

Who is not a candidate for chemical peels?

  • Generally light-haired and fair skinned people are the best candidates for chemical peel. The procedure does not work as well on dark-skinned patients and is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex 1 sores. Other contraindications include patients who are:
  • Nursing or pregnant.
  • Have taken Accutane in last six months.
  • Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.
  • Have used Retin-A, Renova, prescription skin care products, products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents or other acid-based products in the last 48 hours.

All peels require some follow-up care:

  • Superficial peels require one to seven days to heal and may initially be red and scaly. It is advisable that lotion or cream be applied until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen. Makeup can usually be worn the next day.

Superficial or lunchtime peel:

For this mild peel, lower strength lactic, salicylic, or glycolic acids are used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.

Medium peel:

For a medium peel, medium strength glycolic or salicylic acids are applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of the skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths like actinic keratosis.
Medium peels require 7 to 14 days to heal and the skin may initially appear red and swollen. Swelling worsens for the first 48 hours and in rare instances, eyelids may swell. Occasional blisters may form and break followed by crusting of the skin which peels off in seven to 14 days. Skin must be soaked daily for a specified period, followed by generous ointment application. Optionally, mild lotion or cream may also be applied. It is advisable to avoid all sun exposure until healing is complete. Camouflage makeup may be worn after five to seven days and a follow-up appointment will be necessary to monitor progress.

Deep peel:

For a deeper peel, higher strength salicylic, lactic or phenylethyl resorcinol acids are is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic improvement in their skin appearance almost spontaneously. The procedure is used on the face and only can be performed once.

VI Peel Precision Plus Peel $300

Great for patients with irregular pigmentation in the skin including UV induced hyperpigmentation, age spots, sun spots, melasma, uneven tone, scarring or textural skin damage. This 4-step peel combats pigmentation by combining the proven VI Peel solution with a long trusted hydroquinone-enriched lighten booster and a fast acting brighten booster.


  • Effectively penetrates damaged areas.
  • Promotes rapid cell turnover.
  • Exfoliates and helps diminish pigmentation and textural damage to restore skin to its natural health.
  • Prevents pores from becoming clogged.
  • Reduces appearance of acne scaring.
  • Reduces skin oil secretions.
  • Suitable for various skin types.

Patients with the following contraindications would not be a candidate for the VI Peel:

  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Aspirin allergy
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane) use in the past 3 months.
  • Active cold sores or herpes simplex.
  • Immune disorders.
  • Phenol or hydrocodone allergy.
  • Inflamed skin with open wounds.
  • Liver condition.