Vista Primary Care

Chemical PeelsVista, CA

Are you curious about what exactly a chemical peel is? The skin on your face, hands and neck can get damaged by sun, work and age. When dead skin gathers on those locations and begins to affect how you look and feel, it is time for a chemical peel.

Chemical peels exfoliate and remove dead skin, leaving behind healthier and softer skin you can show off. However, there are many kinds of chemical peels you can book an appointment for. The question is, which treatment will work best for you?

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    Why get a chemical peel?

    There are hundreds of skin care routines, thousands of products and millions of tips for getting clearer, cleaner, smoother skin. Few of them have the proven effectiveness and the strength of a chemical peel. Performed by skilled providers, a chemical peel can remove years of dead skin cells and unwanted blemishes. It can practically remove sunspots and renew your skin to a more youthful appearance.

    Skin rejuvenation

    Chemical peels are FDA-approved skin treatment that rejuvenates the cells and can help decrease conditions like dry skin, rosacea, melasma, brown spots and even oily skin. Basically, if you are not happy with any aspect of your skin, there is a good chance that a chemical peel treatment can help.

    Treatments available

    There are a number of chemical peel options, so ask one of our staff which one is right for your skin type.


    An alpha hydroxy and salicylic acid Obaji peel breaks down oil from the pores. This resurfacing agent that can greatly improve facial skin and reduce acne. These are fantastic for you if you are unsatisfied with multiple kinds of acne creams and medications.


    We use specifically formulated peels to help with sun-damaged skin and they utilize a mix of lactic acid, resorcinol and salicylic acid made by Obaji.

    Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that can help reduce signs of aging and sun damage. Resorcinol can help with eczema, acne, psoriasis, and other skin problems. The salicylic acid is also an alpha hydroxy acid and can help treat keratosis pilaris, certain kinds of dermatitis and acne.

    Sensitive Skin

    Peels using glycolic acid made by Obaji tend to be milder, with a quicker recovery time. It is an ideal peel for those with sensitive skin.

    Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that works great for many different skin types. Some of this power comes from its tiny molecular structure: The glycolic acid molecule is smaller than the lactic acid molecule and can penetrate deeper into pores.

    Preparing for a peel

    Before you come in for your appointment, make sure you are extremely hydrated and moisturized for a few days leading up to the appointment.

    This also means stopping the use of all products that can dry your skin out a day or two before your chemical peel. Check your beauty products: Does it contain acid, or does it cause dryness? Give it a rest for a few days, and allow your skin to recover.

    An exfoliant should be stopped 5 days leading up to the procedure. Facial scrubs, exfoliating beads and other mechanical forms of exfoliation should be limited.

    If you are prone to dryness and your hands are part of the upcoming peel, you may want to take a break for a few days. Hand sanitizer often contains alcohol and can severely dry out the skin of your hands.

    What does a chemical peel feel like?

    The whole process usually takes less than an hour, from consultation to completion. Chemical peels use acidic compounds to remove dead cells, so there is a slight feeling of tingling. This sensation should not be painful, more of a light irritation. If pain is experienced, inform the provider and we will intervene quickly.

    Chemical peels come in different strengths, from light to aggressive, which means the irritation can vary depending on your skin.

    What is the recovery time?

    Chemical peels are not invasive, but like any procedure or treatment, there is some recovery time involved. It is wise to put a week after a chemical peel and a big event or photo shoot. Skin can remain slightly puffy and red for a little while as it recovers after the treatment. It takes a few days for the skin to peel, and it could take a few days for the dead skin to come off. Once the new skin arises, it will be fresh and incredibly soft to the touch. It is advised to stay away from harsh face products (or hand products) that could damage the new skin. A personal physician can advise you on high quality medical grade skin care.

    During the recovery process, you should make liberal use of lotion and sunscreen to further protect your new skin. To keep your skin clean, avoid harsh soaps, and use products that have a hydrating component to them such as ceramides.

    Consider a chemical peel today

    Daily skincare products and routines are extremely important for the long-term health of your skin. However, occasional chemical peels performed by qualified providers can make a big difference in the long run in how you look and also how you feel about yourself. Call our office today to set up an appointment for your chemical peel.

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    A Personal Physician is located at
    1926 Via Centre Ste A
    Vista, CA

    (760) 940-7000