Acid & Chemical Peels

What are Acid Peels?

For centuries beautiful women have known the secret of sour milk bathes – soft, gorgeous, silky skin. Beauties of history also made good use of the benefits of washing in fermented grape skins from the bottom of wine barrels. These practices were already 3,500 years old when Cleopatra- known for her milk bathes-took the throne of Egypt. Acid peels are a group of naturally occurring acids known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s). These organic fruit acids are derived from a variety of fruit and other foods such as: lactic acid from sour milk, tartaric acid in grapes, malic acid from apples, mandelic acid from bitter almonds and citric acid in citrus fruits. Today, scientists and biochemists have introduced numerous forms of acids which are proven in making beneficial changes to the skin. These acid peels are used to exfoliate the outer layer of the epidermis removing old, dry dead skin cells. Some acid peels reach the upper dermal layers stimulating skin metabolism. Different acids effect the skin in different ways. When used in correct percentages and with proper pH values can create a clear, clean skin that is smooth and refined in texture.

Glycolic Acid Peels

Glycolic Acid is thought to be the most effective of the AHA’ s due to deeper penetration into the epidermal layers of the skin. Sun damage can be repaired in many cases with a diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pigment changes are seen with age spots, sun spots, red or blotchiness fading or becoming more even in color. Smoother, softer skin appears and is better able to hold moisture giving a youthful, healthy glow. In acne prone skins pores are unclogged, with scars being reduced in size. Oil production can be normalized. The bad news is this does not happen in one peel. For best results a series of six peels is the recommended treatment. More may be necessary depending on the damage and end results desired. One thing is for sure, your skin will look and feel much better! The more you peel, the more the skin renews, forgetting the scars, blemishes and other troubles. New collagen is formed, resulting in a thicker, healthier collagen bed creating a younger look.

Salicylic Acid Peels

Salicylic Acid is a multifunctional acid that is used to treat acne and oily blemish prone skin. For decades dermatologists have used Salicylic Acid to exfoliate without irritation and as an anti-inflammatory. The anti-microbial properties of Salicylic Acid help reduce acne-causing bacteria and aid in improving skin thickness. Barrier functions and collagen production become normalized in problem prone skins. This BHA has the ability to penetrate deep into the pores, cleaning out comedones (blackheads) and other impurities in the skin while reducing excess oil production. Like other acid peels, multiple treatments are required for best results.

Lactic Acid Peel

Sensitive skins have found hope! Our ultimate goal in providing aesthetic and medical care is the smile and joy of every patient whose life was enhanced and personal desires fulfilled through our skills and care. Our success is measured by smiles, not numbers! Lactic Acid is used for cell renewal, gentle exfoliation and hydration in very sensitive, allergy prone skins and as treatment in reducing the inflammation and redness caused by rosacea and other skin disorders. Lactic Acid has become a favorite peel for people who cannot use other forms of chemical exfoliation, yet want the anti-aging benefits and results that can be achieved with acid and chemical peels. Multiple treatments are necessary, but the results are worth the time.

Mandelic Acid Peel

Mandelic acid is derived from the extract of bitter almonds. Mandelic acid works on two levels: as a mild exfoliant and as an antibacterial. Because of its antibacterial properties, Mandelic acid can help to clear acne, even cystic acne, and regulate sebum production to help prevent the reoccurrence of outbreaks. Mandelic acid products are especially beneficial for adults, as these types of treatments eliminate acne and fine lines in one simple step. Mandelic acid helps to break up the areas of hyperpigmentation present in melasma to reveal a uniform complexion. Because of its molecular size, Mandelic acid is well tolerated by virtually all skin types, including sensitive skin types such as rosacea. It is one of the few ingredients recommended for those with darker complexions, who might experience hyperpigmentation.

Sunburn Alert

Acid Peels contain an alpha -hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase skin’s sensitivity to sunburn. Use a sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using acid peels and for a week following cessation of use. As with any skin care program, use of a sunscreen is strongly recommended.

What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical Peels are a great way to resurface the skin. These peels can improve clarity, reduce blemishes, acne scars, improve sun damage and reduce signs of aging. Available in different strengths, chemical peels can range from mild to deep. Mild peels resemble a light sunburn, while deep peels are treated as severe burns and require a longer recovery time. True deep chemical peels require hospital time, general anesthesia and are performed in a surgical type setting. The chemical peels we use are referred to as light and medium depth peels.

Chemical peels help stimulate collagen production and aid in increasing elastin fibers. These proteins are essential for healthy, young appearing skin. As we age, the fibers naturally diminish causing lines, wrinkles and loss of tone or tightness leaving a saggy appearance. When chemical peels are administered, time seems to reverse as the new skin is tighter, fresher, smoother than before, although these peels cannot remove all facial flaws. Chemical peels may be intensified when incorporated with medical microdermabrasion into so-called “MicroPeels”

Medium Peels cause a remodeling of the collagen bed in the dermis and an increase in the elastic fibers. This is important because collagen and elastin are the main structural proteins in the dermis. As we age, the dermal collagen and elastin fibers decrease, resulting in thinner skin. This is accelerated by sun or tanning bed exposure and is the major factor causing fine lines and wrinkles linked to premature aging. Our chemical peels are a safe and effective treatment for skin rejuvenation.

Vitalize Peel

What is it? The Vitalize™ Peel is one of the most effective light chemical peels and is safe and effective for all skin types.

The Vitalize™ Peel combines alpha-hydroxy acid and retinoic acid to provide a strong, but gentle formulation. Even after one peel you will notice improvement in your skin’s texture and tone, a reduction of fine lines and a healthier appearance. Dramatic results are achieved with a series of peels (at least three over 6 weeks are recommended by Dr. Rosinska).


The Vitalize™ Peel has been clinically proven to help pigmentation problems (such as age spots) fade, and helps to stimulate collagen production, exfoliates dead skin cells, tightens enlarged pores, improves hyperpigmentation due to pregnancy (melasma), reduces acne and acne scars as well as helps with fine lines and wrinkles.

Down Time

Your skin may peel for approximately 3 to 5 days.


Severe cystic acne, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, scars


Visibly improves the appearance of scarring and hyperpigmentation resulting from inflammatory acne.

Improvement in the look of skin texture and tone.


Sun-related hyperpigmentation on forehead.


Diminished appearance of age spots and freckles.

Jessner Peel

It’s a medium-depth peel designed for more extensive damage. It’s made from: salicylic acid (a beta-hydroxy acid) lactic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid) resorcinol. This is a favorite for correcting small wrinkles, fine lines, and reducing acne breakout. A beautiful, radiant complexion is the result of this popular peel. For best results three peels are recommended. Multiple visits are required for each peel, consisting of a consultation and patch test, application of the chemical solution, and a post treatment facial. The average healing time is ten days. During the first five days, the skin looks rough and flaky, with thin crusty scabs. Jessner peels may be repeated in as little as 21 days. A fresh new look to the skin is achieved. Sun protection is a must during and after this treatment peel.

Jessner’s Peel is used for:

  • minimization of fine wrinkles due to sun damage
  • acne treatment (especially blackheads)
  • mild, superficial acne scars
  • minor pigmentary disorders
  • pre-treatment for deeper peels

TCA Peel

A slightly deeper peel than the Jessner, TCA peels are used to treat more complex disorders of the skin such as acne, hyperpigmentation and premature aging. Multiple peels may be required to achieve the desired effect. Healing time averages fourteen days. Multiple visits are required for each peel, consisting of a consultation and patch test, application of the chemical solution and a post treatment facial. Application of sun protection is required during and after this treatment peel.

Obagi Blue Peel

What is the Blue Peel?

The Blue Peel is an in-office procedure designed to significantly improve the appearance and health of your skin. Using a low concentration of the chemical trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base to slow penetration, the Blue Peel allows us to monitor the appropriate depth to effectively remove the thin surface layers of aged and damaged skin from the face or other parts of the body. These dead skin cells are replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin’s own clarity and tightness to resurface. The procedure is performed by our aesthetician, who has specialized training and experience with this highly effective peel.

What is unique about the Blue Peel?

Unlike alpha-hydroxy peels or other superficial procedures, the Blue Peel allows us to control the depth of the peel and the number of coats applied in order to tailor the process to your skin’s specific needs. The Blue Peel can even be performed on the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs.

What does the procedure consist of?

The Blue Peel is a quick, relatively simple and highly tolerable procedure that in most cases, does not require sedation.

Application of the Blue Peel takes about 20 minutes, depending on the number of coats an aesthetician has determined are necessary to achieve your goals. You will experience a mild burning sensation that lasts two to three minutes (we use an electric fan to minimize this sensation).

How long is the recovery period?

After the procedure, you will experience some swelling, and your skin will begin to peel within 2 to 3 days. This peeling will continue over the next several days. If you are having a lighter, exfoliative Blue Peel, healing is completed in 3 to 6 days. In either case, this peeling should not disrupt your regular lifestyle for long, although you may want to limit your normal activity.

Can I apply makeup after a Blue Peel?

To best aid in the recovery process, makeup should only be applied after the skin is completely healed. How will my skin look after recovery? When your skin has completely finished peeling, you will immediately notice the dramatic results of your newly improved complexion. Your skin’s appearance will continue to improve for the next 4 to 6 weeks, becoming firmer, clearer, smoother, healthier and more youthful looking.

Can the Blue Peel be repeated for maximum results?

Your doctor will tell you how many peels are necessary to give you the desired result. In most cases, one to three Blue Peels can achieve dramatic improvements in many skin problems. The peels can be performed in 6 to 8 week intervals until your desired goals are reached.

How can I maintain the benefits of the Blue Peel?

Keeping your skin’s new healthy glow and youthful appearance is an ongoing process. The Obagi Nu-Derm restoration system is an at-home program designed to promote long-term overall skin health and work safely and effectively in conjunction with the Blue Peel. Ask us for more information on Nu-Derm.

What do I do to get started?

Take the opportunity to discuss the Blue Peel procedure with Dr.Rosinska. She will help you determine whether the Blue Peel is right for you, and give you all the information you need to get started on the road to smoother, healthier, younger-looking skin.

Combination Peels

These are the peels that combine different acids to deliver an extremely effective resurfacing acid treatment based on specific skin needs. All peels are best when done in a series as results are accumulative.


This peel is excellent for sensitive skin with mild acne break out. It’s great for treating mild hyperpigmentation (brown discoloration of the skin) as this acid suppresses the formation of the Tyrosinase enzyme which is necessary for melanine production. Post-treatment skin emerges hydrated, radiant and with a healthy glow.

“LPS” Peel

LPS peel is an innovative combination of 3 acids: lactic, pyruvic and salicylic. It significantly improves the skin texture and smoothes fine lines & wrinkles. Its other benefits include: tightening of the skin, reducing pore size and reducing acne break outs and scarring.

Youth Recovery Peel

Youth Recovery Peel is an answer for sun damaged, discolored and photo aged skin. As a result of this peel the challenging hyperpigmentation appears lighter and skin elasticity is improved. This anti-aging peel promotes a younger, more healthy appearance.

VANEX – Retin-A Peel

It is a two day peel that combines Vitamin C and Retin A in a stable form to aid in treating acne, signs of aging and helps lighten hyperpigmentation.

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