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What is a SkinMedica® chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that involves applying a chemical solution to the face to remove damaged and dead skin cells on the outer layers. The skin that grows back is smoother and younger-looking. Chemical peels are also used to remove minor scars, skin discolorations, and fine lines.

They are also very helpful in treating acne. SkinMedica® chemical peels can be applied in various strengths and done at varying depths depending on the individual. Deeper peels use stronger solutions of chemicals and require longer recovery times than lighter peels.


Illuminize™ is considered a light peel, which removes only the dead outermost layer of skin. A single light peel can refresh the appearance of the skin, and a series of light peels can be used to treat acne, minor skin discoloration, and fine lines. The Illuminize™ peel is the lightest peel offered by SkinMedica®. It is ideal for patients who have never had a chemical peel before and don’t know how their skin will react. It is also ideal for patients who are just looking to refresh and renew their skin to give it a healthy glow.

This non-invasive, very superficial chemical peel from SkinMedica® increases skin glow and radiance. It utilizes a novel approach to chemical peeling with a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids (mandelic acid and malic acid) in combination with phytic acid and commonly used peeling agents (salicylic acid and resorcinol) to maximize skin rejuvenating effects with minimal irritation. Remember that even though this approach does use lactic acid or retinol, these products will not damage your skin or negatively impact the natural pigment.

This peel has no downtime and is a perfect treatment the day before your wedding, prom, or any big event. After this peel your skin will have improved color, clarity, and texture.

• Increase skin glow and radiance
• Tightens the skin and restores a more youthful appearance
• Improves clarity, color and skin texture
• Patients achieve enhancement of 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 Skin types I- VI
• Little or no visible peeling
• Age Spots/Sun Damage
• Fine Lines
• Hyperpigmentation/Uneven skin tone
• Large Pores
• Uneven Skin Texture


Vitalize™ is a slightly stronger peel, but it is still considered by standard definition to be a light peel. The SkinMedica® Vitalize Peel® will smooth the appearance of your facial complexion. The renewal process stimulates collagen production, and improves pigmentation, acne, and melasma. It is ideal for treating acne, fine lines, and minor skin discolorations and blemishes.
SkinMedica Vitalize Peel helps fight the effects of time, sun damage, and environmental assaults. This powerful yet non-damaging peel can take years off aging skin. This is the perfect peel for patients with mild to moderate skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, pigment irregularities, and acne. You will see noticeable results after one peel; significant results after 3 to 6 peels.
• Addresses various skin conditions, such as pigmentation abnormalities, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, and photodamage
• Effective (achieve visible improvement after one treatment, significant results after a series of treatments)
• May be performed on Skin types I- VI
• Peeling solution combined with Retinoic acid creates more exfoliation than other chemical peels same depth
• Special formulation includes a unique blend of peeling agents: alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, resorcinol, and retinoic acid (obtained by Nurse Practitioner)
• Well tolerated (minimum or no burning, peeling solution has pH 2-3, higher than most chemical peels)
• Little or no down time
• Active Acne
• Age Spots/Sun Damage
• Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation/Uneven Skin tone
• Large Pores
• Uneven Skin Texture
• Wrinkles

What to Expect

During your chemical peel treatment, the chemical solution will be directly applied to the skin. Patients may experience tingling sensations as the solution is working. Most sessions last about 20 minutes, and the solution is neutralized and washed off afterward.


After treatment, there may be some redness and skin irritation. The fresh new skin will begin to grow three to seven days after the chemical peel. Treated skin should be carefully protected from the sun for several weeks to reduce the risk of discoloration. Recovery varies slightly by peel type:
  • Illuminize™ rarely causes any visible side effects. There is no downtime necessary.
  • Vitalize™ may cause reddening and peeling for about three days, beginning two days after treatment.
SkinMedica® peels are clinically proven to increase collagen production and epidermal thickening. After only one peel you will see great improvement in the smoothness and texture of your skin. Not only will your skin feel firmer and tighter, you will see a nice improvement in the overall condition of your skin. With a series of 3-5 peels you will see DRAMATIC improvement in acne, hyperpigmentation, melasma and tactile roughness.

At Remedi, we’ll work with you to determine the safest and most effective chemical peel for your skin type. We’ll review the issues you’d like to address and recommend treatments suited to your needs. Book your appointment online to schedule your consultation we will make sure feel and peel your very best!