Chemical Peels

Conveniently located to serve the areas of San Diego, CA

Chemical Peels are used to improve the texture and smooth the surface of your skin. Chemical peels can reduce some effects of aging, such as fine lines and rough, sun-damaged skin. When formulated with lightening agents, skin peels can also reduce age spots and other skin blemishes associated with pigmentation problems. The most common effect of chemical peels is smooth and fresh new skin.


After a preliminary skin preparation program, a customized chemical peel solution is applied to your skin by Dr. Steven Cohen or his supervised aesthetician or nurse. The chemical peel may be repeated several times, with increasing strength, to achieve maximum improvement. A stronger chemical, such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA) may be indicated for a deeper peel. Chemical peels are performed safely in your plastic surgeon’s office.


chemical peels procedure

The process begins by removing all oils, dirt and soap traces from your skin. Then the chemical is carefully applied to the appropriate areas. If you have fair skin with fine wrinkling, you are a good candidate for a chemical peel. Deep chemical peels are not recommended for people who have highly pigmented or oily complexions. You will feel a temporary, light throbbing or burning sensation. After the peel is completed, your doctor will administer soothing ointment and provide you with instructions in daily care.

After intensive research and experience with a multitude of skin products, FACES+ Skin and Laser Center is pleased to offer the following treatment lines:

Obagi Blue Peel

Unlike alpha-hydroxy peels or other superficial procedures, the Obagi Blue Peel allows us to control the depth of your peel and the number of coats applied in order to tailor the process to your skin’s specialized needs. The Obagi Blue Peel can even be performed on the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs. The peel can be repeated every 6-8 weeks for maximum results. The Obagi Blue Peel is a quick, relatively simple and highly tolerable procedure. Recommended for most skin types.

Retin-A Peel

Ready to achieve healthier looking skin, but not ready for more invasive treatments? This will smooth lines, greatly improve uneven pigmentation while invigorating sluggish skin. The Retinoic Acid is the key ingredient in delivering the ability to change the appearance of sun-damaged skin. This modified chemical peel will exfoliate 2-4 layers of the epidermis safely with amazing results. Ideal for light to moderate skin types.

The Perfect Derma Peel

The Perfect Derma™ Peel debuts a new era in skin health. It’s the only medical grade chemical peel that features Glutathione. Glutathione is the ultimate antioxidant with powerful skin lightening and anti-aging benefits.


APEELE™ is a next-generation revitalizing peel designed to provide controlled exfoliation of damaged skin with significant visible results after just one treatment. This powerful yet non-invasive chemical resurfacing procedure uses a synergistic combination of multiple active ingredients to improve the quality and appearance of facial skin. APEELE™ achieves a smoother, tighter and younger-looking face without surgery, injections or significant downtime.

SkinScript Enzyme Peel

Skin Script is dedicated to beautiful, healthy skin using fresh thinking to deliver the latest in vitalized, youthful looking skin. For use in your facials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels, these specialty products are designed to complement Skin Script’s clinical home products. The natural fruit enzymes and peels are formulated with higher levels of the natural lighteners, kojic, and arbutin.

Cosmelan Depigmentation Treatment

cosmelan®incorporates a protocolized professional treatment to optimize the results and the home maintenance that prolongs the results. The duality of corrective and regulating action, make it a unique, all-round treatment. The cosmelan® formula contains an exclusive combination of active ingredients with proven efficacy, which act on all stages of the hyperpigmentation process to completely eliminate existing hyperpigmentations, preventing both their reappearance and the appearance of new dark spots. A comprehensive and effective result.


Proper home skin care will be prescribed and a purifying facial 1-2 weeks after is recommended. To maximize the outcome and reduce hyperpigmentation, all patients are required to pre-treat their skin with a specialized prescription product 3-4 weeks prior to your peel. A facial is highly recommended 1-2 weeks following for optimum results. Recovery from a facelift procedure varies from person to person depending on age, heredity, health, and skin characteristics.  Most likely, you will be up and around after one or two days.  However, you will need to take it easy for the first week and get plenty of rest in order to provide your body with enough energy to heal.