Our centers offer chemical peels to help improve texture and reveal smoother, clearer, radiant skin. To achieve this, your esthetician will apply a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin. All peels can treat areas on the face, and most peels can also treat the neck and hands. There are different levels and concentrations of peels. For optimal results, a series of peels is highly recommended.


  • Glycolic acid is the most common superficial chemical peeling agent . It is derived from sugar canes, and also known as an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). This chemical solution does not penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, meaning there is in no downtime. Deep peels often involve extensive healing requiring 2-3 weeks of downtime.

  • For acne prone skin, salicylic acid is often used in a chemical peel. It is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA).



Our chemical peel treatments can be customized for your individual skin needs. Chemical peels can treat fine, medium and course wrinkles and lines, various blemishes, freckles, certain sun damage, and age spots. In some cases, chemical peels may even control acne and soften scars caused by acne. Remember, a chemical peel effect is not permanent nor will it slow down the aging process. Though this treatment may reduce the amount of visible wrinkles and fine lines, it should not be looked at as a substitution for facelift surgery. Chemical peels are uniquely tailored for each patient based on their skin condition and desired result, so consulting with a cosmetic skin care provider will give more detailed answers to individual questions. People with a history of heart disease or herpes should inform their provider during the consultation—these conditions pose specific risks to certain peel procedures.

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Cosmetic services are provided on a fee-for-service basis. If your provider determines that a surgery is not medically indicated, * the services are not provided or covered by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and you are financially responsible to pay for them. Clinical services are provided by providers or contractors of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Results of services vary among patients and cannot be guaranteed. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals may receive compensation for providing facilities and/or other support in connection with these services. For specific information about your covered health plan benefits, please see your Evidence of Coverage (EOC) or for Kaiser members, please contact Member Services at 1-800-464-4000.[Photo(s) show(s) model(s), not actual patient(s).] 
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