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A chemical peel is an anti-aging treatment that improves uneven skin tones and gives skin a more rejuvenated, youthful appearance. During this procedure, the top cell layers of the skin are removed by applying a chemical solution. This allows for replacement of the skin with a fresh, new surface. Chemical peels are used to improve a variety of skin conditions, such as fine lines, acne, texture, discoloration, scarring or decrease a sun-damaged appearance.

A consultation may be needed prior to scheduling chemical peels. With deeper peels, medications may be necessary. During your consultation, recovery time and contraindications are discussed, along with how to prepare the skin for your treatment. Sun avoidance is extremely important and an adequate UVA and UVB sun block is recommended prior to and after your treatment.

All peels are booked for 30 minutes, but often take less time. It’s perfect for anyone short on time but looking for great results!


SkinMedica® Medical Peels

SkinMedica® Peels are some of our most requested peels and deliver great results. The Vitalize Peel, Illuminize Peel or Rejuvenize Peel by SkinMedica® may be the cosmetic treatment you are seeking to help you achieve a clearer, brighter and more youthful glow to your skin. Call for more information or for a free consultation with one of Hayes Valley Medical & Esthetics licensed estheticians.

Illuminize Peel
This non-invasive very 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. Patients achieve clearer skin appearance with minimal downtime and discomfort. Appropriate for first-time chemical peel patients or patients looking for a gentle, very superficial peel. May be performed on Fitzpatrick Skin Types I – VI. Little or no visible peeling.

Vitalize Peel
For anti aging, melasma, sun damaged, and acne prone skin.

The Vitalize Peel is the most popular SkinMedica® peel that is appropriate for all Fitzpatrick Skin Types. It contains a proprietary blend of ingredients to help rejuvenate the skin. Achieve visible improvement after one treatment with optimal results after a series of treatments.
The Vitalize Peel combines resorcinol, lactic, salicylic, and retinoic acid (at the esthetician’s discretion) to offer dramatic improvement in texture and tone. 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. Peeling can occur for two to four days, and generally starts 48 hours following the peel.

Vitalize Peel Clinical Study Results
vitalize peel study results


Rejuvenize Peel
Rejuvenize can be used on Fitzpatrick Skin Types V – VI after the patient has established tolerability to Vitalize peel or with physician consent.The peeling solution in Rejuvenize contains salicylic acid, lactic acid, resorcinol, panthenol, and isoceteth-20. This peeling solution combined with a retinol solution can substantially improve the appearance of the skin. Peeling/flaking may occur for 3-6 days and generally starts 48 hours following the peel.

Rejuvenize Peel Clinical Study Results
rejuvenize peel study results


VMV Hypoallergenics Peels
Glycolic Peels – 10-40%:
Glycolic Acid Peel rejuvenates and reduces signs of aging by increasing cell turnover rate, stimulating collagen production, skin tightening and decreased hyperpigmentation and diminishing fine lines.




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.


Additions and Customizations

We also offer seasonal enzyme resurfacing treatments in place of a peel or in addition to a microdermabrasion treatment.

We can add an appropriate peel to your facial for an upgrade fee, depending upon your current skin condition.

Ask us about our Resurfacer + Mask add-on or stand-alone treatments.