Chemical Peels San Francisco CA

How a Chemical Peel can Renew your Skin

This New Year, rejuvenate and refresh your skin by getting a chemical peel. Chemical peels can eliminate the old and damaged layers of skin to reveal a smoother surface, fewer blemishes, and less scarring. Chemical peels are often combined with other treatments to help improve the overall look of the skin.

The procedure

Chemical peels range from strong to mild, depending on the needs of the patient. The types of chemical peels are alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. The procedure for each type of chemical peel varies. For instance, for a TCA treatment the skin is cleaned then a solution applied. After the peel, a waterproof adhesive or petroleum jelly may be put on the skin. For an AHA peel the skin is cleansed then the solution is applied. For AHA, a post-peel ointment is not needed.

What to expect

Anesthesia is not required for chemical peels because phenol and TCA already contain anesthetic ingredients. AHA normally creates a subtle stinging sensation but nothing that necessitates the use of anesthesia. After a procedure, a phenol or TCA peel may create a throbbing or tingling feeling, reddened skin, scabbing, or significant swelling depending on how strong the peel was. These side effects will last about one week before they begin to diminish. An AHA peel may generate temporary stinging, irritation, or flaking.

After your chemical peel, it is vital to keep your skin protected from the sun for several months. This will assist in reducing the probability of complications while allowing for the desired results to develop. Keep in mind that a chemical peel is likely not covered by insurance if it is done for cosmetic purposes.

Schedule a consultation

To learn more about what a chemical peel can do for your skin, contact Aura Skin Spa today. A consultation will help you determine what service will best accomplish your skin goals. As we enter into 2018, start things off fresh by rejuvenating your skin at Aura Skin Spa. We look forward to assisting you and answering your questions. You can call our office at 415-788-3800, located in San Francisco, California.

Is a chemical peel what your skin needs?

chemical peelAccording to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), chemical peels are among the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.

Chemical peels can remove the damaged outer layers of your skin

Using varying strengths of acids, a chemical peel can remove the top, damaged layer of your skin to reveal the smoother, younger-looking layer beneath. You may choose to have a chemical peel to:

  • Reduce the appearance of scars
  • Treat blemishes
  • Smooth your skin
  • Even out your complexion

The strength or your peel can be tailored to your skin’s needs and your preference

The more noticeable you want your results to be, the deeper the chemical peel you’ll need. Light and medium peels are fairly painless, though you may feel a slight stinging from the chemicals. After, you can also go about your normal activities as long as you use sunscreen. Your skin should be protected from the sun for several months after any chemical peel to protect your skin and maintain results.

At Aura Skin we feature four types of chemical peels

  1. Alphahydroxy acid (AHA)

The gentlest type of chemical peel, it uses glycolic, lactic and fruit acids to help smooth and brighten skin. The AHA peel treats:

  • Fine lines
  • Dryness
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Acne
  1. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

This medium peel also treats fine surface wrinkles, blemishes and pigment issues. It can be used on the face, neck and other areas.

  1. Phenol

The strongest chemical peel, it can treat:

  • Deeper wrinkles
  • Precancerous growths
  • Blotchiness
  • Sun damage
  • Freckles
  • Uneven pigment due to aging and hormonal changes
  1. The Vitalize Peel – alpha and betahydroxy, resorcinol and retinoic acids

For people with sensitive skin, this light peel can gently slough away the outermost layers of the skin to help reduce the signs of aging. This peel helps:

  • Improve texture
  • Restore a youthful glow
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Lighten sun damage
  • Treat acne

You should expect to notice the improvement in your skin’s texture and tone and a reduction of fine lines. A healthier, more youthful appearance is best accomplished with seen a series of peels.

Call for your chemical peel appointment today:(415) 788-3800.






Chemical peels can be gentler than they sound

Vitalize Peel®Chemical peels are popular procedures, especially for our patients who are familiar with the outcomes. But some people have yet to experience the noticeable results a chemical peel can provide.

Maybe there should be a different name for “chemical” peels
The word might make you think of a harsh treatment that will leave your skin burned, swollen and painful, with a recovery period that you don’t have time for. The reality is, there are many versions of chemical peels, and at Aura Skin, we offer a gentle peel that can provide strong results.

The Vitalize Peel
Perfect for sensitive people with sensitive skin, this chemical peel can reduce the signs of aging, using alpha- and beta- hydroxy acids, resorcinol and retinoic acid. This combination can gently remove the outermost cell layer, revealing smoother, younger looking skin.

For smooth, glowing skin, think chemical
If you’re curious about chemical peels, it might be time to introduce yourself to this useful component of an effective skincare routine. Here’s what you should know.

There are many different types of chemical peels
The main difference lies in the type of peel and the strength of the treatment, but they all work basically the same, encouraging the skin to peel off a thin layer of aged and damaged cells. This also stimulates your cells to turnover more rapidly.

The purpose of a chemical peel is to treat the problem areas that bother you, from wrinkles to pimples. A chemical peel can:

  • Refresh your complexion
  • Provide more even skin texture
  • Treat acne
  • Reduce and remove brown spots
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles

Peels can actually benefit just about everyone, no matter your skin issue or problem. That’s because we can all benefit from the complexion enhancing effects that faster skin cell turnover can provide.

What’s your goal for your skin?
If it’s fresher, smoother, more youthful looking skin, chemical peels should become part of your skincare plan. And for those who shy away from intense treatments, Vitalize could be right for you.

Learn about Vitalize peels and more
Call for an appointment today: (415) 788-3800.

Chemical Peels

Think chemical peels are too harsh for your sensitive skin? Read this.

In case you don’t already know, a chemical peel is a non-surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of skin – on your face, neck, chest or hands.

Here’s the basic chemical peel procedure:

A chemical solution is applied that causes your skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off.

Here are the basic results of having a chemical peel:
Your new, regenerated skin should be smoother and less wrinkled, appearing more like youthful skin. (It will also be more sensitive to the sun for a while.)

The Vitalize Peel® is clinically proven to help reduce signs of aging

It is also a popular procedure for sensitive clients at Aura Skin Spa. This peel is considered a light or superficial peel, especially designed for sensitive skin.

The Vitalize Peel® uses multiple chemicals to deliver singular results

Alpha-hydroxy, beta-hydroxy and retinoic acids, plus resorcinol, combine to penetrate only the outer layer of your skin and then gently slough it away, revealing the smoother, younger looking layers underneath.

The treatment can also improve the appearance and texture of rough skin, lighten mild discoloration and generally refresh whatever area of your skin you choose to have treated.

Here are some skin imperfections that can benefit from a gentle Vitalize Peel®

  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Crow’s feet
  • Other scars
  • Sun damage
  • Sagging

Still thinking you and your skin might be too sensitive?

It’s true that chemical peels can sting a bit, but they really don’t cause much pain. They may also cause redness, swelling and irritation, but these effects settle down fairly soon after each treatment.

Even a gentle peel can require some follow-up care

Superficial peels can take from about one day to a week to heal. Your skin may be red and scaly at first, so that’s why will recommend creams, lotions or gels that should be applied until your skin feels comfortable and healed. And makeup can usually be worn the next day after your procedure.

Let us pamper your sensitive skin

We understand sensitive skin and how to improve its appearance with care. Let’s put together your treatment plan today: Call (415) 788-3800.