Types of Chemical Peels

Below are the types of chemical peels we offer at LJC and La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa. Take a look and see what appeals to you ;), then visit our guide to find your perfect peel.

Light Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are considered light, medium, or deep depending on how many layers of skin are affected by the peel.

Light peels remove only the topmost layers of skin, making them ideal for addressing modest sun damage, fine wrinkles, and mild acne scarring or to achieve an overall boost in skin tone. They generally require minimal downtime and often no anesthetic is needed.


SkinMedica® Illuminize Peel

The Illuminize Peel is a milder formula that is appropriate for individuals seeking a gentle, superficial peel. The Illuminize Peel results in minimal discomfort while significantly improving the color and texture of your skin. This is a great choice for first-time chemical peel patients.


Lactic Acid Peel

As the name implies, the main ingredient in this mildest of peels is lactic acid, derived from milk products. It is an excellent peel for dry skin, and works to fade fine wrinkles, acne scars, and age spots and tighten mild sagging. Lactic acid peels are ideal for the first-time patient as well as those who are pregnant or have sensitive skin.


Salicylic Acid Peel

This peel is designed to exfoliate your skin while encouraging the body’s natural collagen and elastin production. It is a popular option for patients with oiler skin or with acne, due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties


Fruit Enzyme Peel

An all-natural peel that uses enzymes and acids from fruit. Excellent for light exfoliation to soften rough patches and tone the skin.


Glycolic Acid Peel

A type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid encourages new cell regeneration and helps improve skin tone. Glycolic peels also help to relieve chronic dry skin.


SkinMedica® Vitalize Peel

One of our most popular peels at LJC, the Vitalize Peel is a great option to treat fine lines and early signs of aging to reveal a smoother, more youthful complexion. A little stronger than the Illuminize Peel, the Vitalize is still considered a light peel, requiring little to no downtime.

Medium Depth Chemical Peels

Our medium depth peels reach further into the epidermis to address more severe damage, including scars, hyperpigmentation, and more progressive age spots.

These peels offer more dramatic results but also require a longer period of healing. Your practitioner will also provide you with a topical anesthetic to enhance your comfort during treatment, if necessary.


SkinMedica® Rejuvenize Peel

If you have more severe discoloration or skin conditions, you might opt for the Rejuvenize Peel, which offers a deeper peel to address more advanced wrinkles, age spots & roughness. This does result in slightly more discomfort and skin peeling, but the improvements can be dramatic.


PERFECT™ Derma Peel

This peel is a prescription-strength chemical peel that contains multiple antioxidants, including glutathione (a.k.a. the “master antioxidant”), resulting in a gentle, yet powerful peel that can dramatically improve skin tone, texture, and appearance in a matter of days.


Jessner’s Peel

This is a popular medium-depth treatment featuring a mixture of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol. It is excellent for evening out pigmentation, clearing pores, improving skin texture, and minimizing fine lines. Jessner’s peels are safe for most skin types, but are not recommended if you have certain allergies or chronic conditions. We will review your medical history at your consultation to ensure you receive safe, effective treatment.


Retin A Peel

Vitamin A is a key ingredient in this peel, making it a great option if you are noticing just how much the signs of aging are setting in and would like to see a lot less of those sun spots and wrinkles. Restores an overall more youthful appearance to your skin.