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Chemical Peels


The PCA peel lifts the dead and older skin for a deep exfoliation that reveals new, fresh skin underneath.

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What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels are aesthetic treatments where your Santa Fe Skin Institute provider applies specially selected chemicals to your skin. The peel lifts the dead and older skin for a deep exfoliation that reveals new, fresh skin underneath.

Chemical peels are suitable for a range of aesthetic problems, including:

  • Fine lines

  • Wrinkles

  • Acne scars

  • Other types of scarring

  • Age or sun spots

  • Freckles

  • Melasma (dark patches on the skin)

  • Sun damage

  • Rosacia

Are there different kinds of chemical peels?

There are a great many different chemical peel formulas, which may be light, medium, or deep. Popular types of medical-grade chemical peels include:

Jessner's chemical peel

Jessner's chemical peel contains three different acids – salicylic, lactic, and resorcinol. This type of peel can treat wrinkles, fine lines, laugh lines, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and acne.

TCA chemical peel

TCA chemical peels contain trichloroacetic acid. This substance exfoliates your skin at a deep level, producing better skin tone and texture. TCA chemical peels can reduce acne, unclog pores, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and minimize scarring. Regular TCA chemical peels promote new collagen and elastin fiber growth.

Lactic acid chemical peel

Lactic acid chemical peels contain alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) from lactic acid in milk. They’re one of the milder options and are suitable for sensitive skin. Low-concentration lactic acid peels are good for people with oily or acne-prone skin and make excellent introductory peels. 

What happens when I have a chemical peel?

Chemical peels can dramatically improve the look of your skin. Find out how you can revitalize your appearance with medical-grade chemical peels by calling Santa Fe Skin Institute or booking an appointment online today.

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