Peels and Masks

Peels and MasksOur rejuvenating peels deliver clinical results and are always customized for your skin concerns and goals. They address uneven skin tone and reveal fresh new skin with decreased appearance of fine lines, discoloration, scars, and/or acne.

SkinMedica and The Perfect Derma chemical peels remove the top cell layers of the skin to expose a fresh, more refined surface. None of our peels require any pre-treatment. Not just for the face! Peels may be an option to treat your skin concerns on your neck, hands, chest, or back.

We also offer a selection of enzyme treatments as a substitution for peeling solutions which may be used during facials or for those with sensitive skin. Our estheticians are skilled in all these options and during your complimentary consultation will know the best peel or mask to recommend to you.

Guys will appreciate better shaves after treatments as well. Peels remove dead skin and reduce the appearance of active acne, leading to a closer shave, plus they reduce in-grown hairs, so less bumps and razor burn.
Quick links to: The Perfect Derma Peel RX and SkinMedica Chemical Peels, masks and after-peel info.

Age 53. After three SkinMedica Vitalize Peels

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Age 57. After three SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peels

Age 31. After one SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peel

The Perfect Derma Peel RX After One Treatment

The Perfect Derma Peel RX After One Treatment

The Perfect Derma Peel RX 3 Treatments 3 Months Apart

Cosmelan Before and After

Cosmelan Before and After Taken With Blue Channel Light

Age 43. After two SkinMedica Vitalize Peels

Age 25. After three SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peels

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The Perfect Derma Peel RX

Prepare for radiant results! The Perfect Derma Peel RX is medical-grade and suitable for all skin types and skin conditions. It’s the only medium-depth chemical peel with the master antioxidant glutathione. It’s ideal for addressing concerns over acne and/or acne scars. This treatment stimulates elastin and collagen production for brighter, firmer skin which appears and feels more youthful. And you may also expect:

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• Improved tone and texture
• Reduced hyperpigmentation, including melasma
• Softened fine lines and wrinkles
• Less downtime than other peels
• A comfortable, virtually painless experience
• Less in-grown hairs
• Skin renewal in just seven days

For a shorter peel duration, for maintenance, or to quickly look your best before an event, we also offer the Pro Clinical Peel by The Perfect Derma. It contains many of the RX’s quality ingredients, including Glutathione, but peeling only lasts 1-3 days. It’s gentle enough to be performed every two weeks.

Glutathione is an antioxidant produced naturally by the body. It fights free-radical (oxidative stress which inhibits detoxification) damage, enhances cellular health, and inhibits the production of melanin (dark patches like age spots.)

BOOST! For certain, stubborn skin concerns, you may wish to add a customized, targeted boost to your Perfect Derma Peel RX treatment. The Plus Plus Booster is formulated for patients whose skin is extra thick or oily and may be resistant to treatment or for patients with heavily sun damaged or acne-scarred skin. The Plus Booster is ideal for patients with deep sun damage and the Clear Booster is recommended for acne or dark spots or scaring caused by acne. During your complimentary consultation, your practitioner will help you determine if a boost product is right for you.


Post-peel care and expectations

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SkinMedica Chemical Peels

One of our most requested treatments! These quick appointments reveals your radiant skin below. You may also add one of these peels to any of our facials.


Downtime: minimal to none
Appointment length: 30 minutes
Skin Types: All

This non-invasive, superficial chemical peel utilizes a novel approach to chemical peeling with a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids (mandelic and malic acid) in combination with phytic acid and commonly used peeling agents (salicylic acid and resorcinol) to maximize skin rejuvenating effects with low irritation.

Enhances skin glow and radiance. Helps restore a more youthful appearance. Improves clarity, color and skin texture. Appropriate for first-time chemical peel patients or patients looking for a gentle peel.


Downtime: Peeling for 2-4 days, about 48 hours after peel
Appointment length: 30 minutes
Skin Types: All
For anti-aging, melasma, sun damaged, and acne prone skin.

The Vitalize Peel is the most popular SkinMedica peel. It contains a proprietary blend of ingredients, including resorcinol, lactic, salicylic, and retinoic acid (at the esthetician’s discretion) to help rejuvenate the skin and to offer dramatic improvement in texture and tone. You will achieve visible improvement after one treatment, with optimal results after a series of treatments.

The renewal process stimulates collagen production, improves pigmentation, acne, and melasma. The skin appears healthier and more youthful with minimal downtime. For best results a series is recommended.


Downtime: Peeling for 3-6 days, about 48 hours after peel
Appointment length: 30 minutes
Skin Types: Fitzpatrick Skin Types V – VI

This peel may be used after the patient has established tolerability to the SkinMedica Vitalize Peel or with physician consent. The peeling solution contains salicylic acid, lactic acid, resorcinol, panthenol, and isoceteth-20.

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While each patient’s peel experience differs, side effects with chemical peels are usually mild. Generally, you may expect a few days of a feeling of tightness and a sensation similar to sunburn. You will peel! It’s the sign of the treatment working. Be sure to mention any upcoming events with your practitioner during your initial consultation and discuss how long a peeling duration you wish to tolerate.

Because skin is so new, it is essential to commit to a regimen of sun protection after treatment, whether that is sun avoidance, hats, and/or sunscreen application.

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SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative Mask

Optimal for sensitive or stressed skin, this highly efficient, supple, sterilized mask creates a protective barrier that helps alleviate discomfort. The unique fibers distribute heat-reducing water to the skin barrier to provide immediate relief.



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