Chemical Peels


Chemical peeling is a non-surgical, cosmetic facial procedure used to improve the appearance of the skin and is typically performed on the face, neck or hands. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to possibly “blister” and eventually peels off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun. Please contact Spectrum Dermatology to arrange your complimentary consultation with one of our licensed aestheticians or nurse injector today – (480) 948-8400.

The Chemical Peel Treatment


Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of skin problems such as acne, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, and uneven skin tone and texture. Spectrum Dermatology carries a diverse group of peels that all serve different purposes. Work with our dermatology providers to choose the peel that’s right for your goals and skin type.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

  • Ideal for wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth and eyes
  • Used to treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging, and hereditary factors
  • Improves active acne or acne scarring
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation
  • Softens the look of melasma spots, age spots, brown spots, sun spots, liver spots, freckles, and splotching due to birth control
  • Improves skin texture and color
  • Areas of sun-damaged, precancerous keratoses or scaling patches may improve after chemical peeling
  • Chemical peeling may be combined with laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion or soft tissue fillers to achieve cost-effective skin rejuvenation customized to the needs of the individual patient
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VI Peel

A VI Peel can help repair the effects of sun exposure, pigmentation, laxity, and rough skin in as little as seven days. This peel is formulated to rejuvenate aging skin and help prevent future damage by softening lines and wrinkles, restoring skin tone, and smoothing away rough texture. The VI Peel consists of a blend of five acids including TCA, Retin-A, salicylic acid, phenol, and vitamin C.

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Jessner Peel

First imagined over 100 years ago, the Jessner Solution was created to remove superficial layers of skin, dry out acne, remove blackheads, smooth out wrinkles, and help lighten hyperpigmentation. This peel is ideal for those with acne, melasma, scarring, freckles, and age spots. The combination of superficial peeling agents in Jessner’s Solution include lactic acid, salicylic acid, resorcinol, and ethanol.

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TCA Peel

TCA peels are created with a solution of trichloroacetic acid (TCA), which is made by dissolving a certain amount of the acid in enough water to make 100 ccs of the solution. TCA peels are ideal for superficial (medium-depth peels) issues and can treat photoaging, actinic keratosis hyperpigmentation, melasma, and acne scars. Trichloroacetic acid is used in combination with other acids to remove the skin’s surface layers.

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The Perfect Peel

The Perfect Peel is a medium depth peel will transform your skin into looking younger, healthier and clearer in about one week. The peel requires no prep time, is safe for all skin types and ethnicities, and takes about 15 minutes. The Perfect Peel blends glutathione, kojic acid, TCA (trichloroacetic acid), retinoic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, and a mixture of minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C which together lightens and brightens the skin, slows down the aging process, and helps prevent wrinkles.

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Undergoing A Chemical Peel


Generally, fair skinned and light haired patients are ideal candidates for chemical peels. Darker skin types may also experience good results, depending upon the type of skin problem encountered. However, gentler peels may be necessary for darker skin types.


What To Expect

Prior to a chemical peel, instructions may include the exclusion of certain drugs and the preparation of the skin with topical preconditioning medications. The patient may be advised to clean the area with an antiseptic soap the day before a peel. A chemical peel can be performed in a doctor’s office or in a surgery center as an outpatient procedure. At the time of treatment, the skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils, and the eyes and hair are protected.


One or more chemical solutions – an alpha hydroxy acid, such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid; trichloroacetic acid (TCA) are used. Dermatologic surgeons are well qualified to select the proper peeling agent based upon the type of skin damage present.


During a chemical peel, the physician applies the solution to small areas on the skin. These applications produce a controlled wound, enabling new, refreshed skin to appear. Most patients experience a warm, tingling sensation which lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation.

Post Chemical Peel Care

Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following a chemical peel session.


What To Expect:

  • Superficial peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days.
  • Medium-depth and deep peeling may result in swelling and the presence of water blisters that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of seven to 14 days.
  • Some chemical peels may require bandages to be placed on part or all of the skin that is treated. Bandages are usually removed in several days and may improve the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • It is important to avoid overexposure to the sun after a chemical peel since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to complications.


At Spectrum Dermatology we will prescribe the proper follow-up care to reduce the tendency to develop abnormal skin color after peeling.

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Contact Spectrum Dermatology for A Chemical Peel

Spectrum Dermatology provides expertise, knowledge and passion to medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Our experience and reputation make Spectrum Dermatology one of the most sought-after dermatologist in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. To schedule your complimentary consultation, or to set up an appointment, please contact us at (480) 948-8400.