Chemical Peels

Now In San Antonio: Westlake Dermatology – Alamo Heights is pleased to offer advanced medical-grade chemical peels to treat a variety of skin issues including acne, hyperpigmentation, redness, and aging symptoms.

Chemical peels are topically applied formulas that revitalize the skin surface by creating an even and controlled shedding of the skin cells. This allows new layers to be exposed, creating a fresh appearance and smoother texture to the skin surface. A chemical peel can improve sun damage, acne scarring, blotchy pigmentation, fine wrinkling and early per-cancerous skin lesions. A peel can also improve acne-prone skin and clogged pores.

We offer a variety of peels that range from mild to more aggressive. Your physician or provider can guide you to decide which is treatment is most appropriate for your skin and desired outcome.

Advanced Corrective Peel

The Advanced Corrective Peel from SkinCeuticals is a medically exclusive peel that targets a variety of skin concerns in those with mild to moderate signs of aging. It is safe for all skin types and Fitzpatrick I-V. The peel can be easily customized to the patient’s individual needs. For optimal results, a series of 4 to 6 treatments every 4 weeks is recommended.

  • Renews the skin’s surface texture
  • Improves discoloration for an overall brighter and clarified skin tone
  • Helps to minimize enlarged pores
  • Contains concentrated blend of clinical-grade phenylethyl resorcinol (for skin brightening), salicylic acid (for photodamage), and lactic acid (for hydrating and plumping the skin)

VI Peel®

The VI Peel® safely and effectively offers rejuvenating results for all Fitzpatrick skin types with minimal downtime. Unlike many other chemical peels, it can be used on the eye area, neck, chest, and hands. The VI Peel can be purchased as a single treatment or as a package of multiple treatments spaced approximately a month apart (or more). Benefits of the VI Peel include:

  • Reversal of sun damage
  • Improvement of tone and texture
  • Treatment of hyperpigmentation (including melasma) and rosacea
  • Help to clear acne and improves acne scars
  • Stimulation of collagen and elastin production

Rejuvenize Peel®

The Rejuvenize Peel® is an advanced formulation of peeling agents, with a built in anti-irritant and penetration enhancer that provides controlled exfoliation of the uppermost damaged layers of the skin to reveal fresher and healthier skin. Rejuvenize Peel provides predictable results with minimal down time.

  • Indicated for moderate to severe skin conditions: fine lines, wrinkles, photodamage, pigmentary irregularities, acne and acne scarring
  • Predictable results noticeable after just one peel
  • Well tolerated with minimal downtime
  • Deeper than Vitalize Peel

Vitalize Peel®

The Vitalize Peel® is a unique blend of acids and other cosmeceutical ingredients designed to help you achieve dramatic improvement in texture and tone, lessening of superficial lines and a healthier, more youthful look and feel with minimal down time. This renewal process has been clinically proven to help pigmentation problems (such as age spots) and acne scarring fade and stimulate collagen production in the cells underneath.

It is gentle enough to use every three weeks for maximum benefits and a glowing, healthy start to your skincare regimen. Resulting from as little as one peel, you will notice a renewed appearance, including:

  • Dramatic improvement in epidermal texture.
  • A lessening of age spots, freckles and superficial pigmentation resulting from photo-damage.
  • Reduction of enlarged pores.

The Vitalize Peel® incorporates retinol and alpha hydroxy acids with resorcinol and other active ingredients to create a safe and mild peel. A mild sloughing of the skin typically occurs two to three days after the Vitalize Peel® is performed.

Illuminize Peel®

The Illuminize Peel® is ideal for first-time chemical peel patients or patients looking for a gentle, very superficial peel. With little or no visible peeling, patients achieve enhancement of skin appearance with very minimal downtime and discomfort. The Illuminize Peel is formulated to increase skin glow and radiance, while improving clarity, color and skin texture.

This non-invasive, very superficial peel utilizes a novel approach to chemical peeling with a newer generation of alpha hydroxyl acids (Mandelic Acid and Malic Acid) in combination with Phytic Acid and commonly used peeling agents (Salicylic Acid and Resorcinol) to maximize skin rejuvenating effects with low irritation. The Illuminize Peel may be used on all skin types.

Micropeel Glycolic 30 

The Micropeel Hlycolic 30 peel is an alpha hydrodxy acid (AHA) based treatment formulated to exfoliate the skin, refine pores, and reduce the visible signs of photodamage by accelerating the cell renewal process. This peel uses unbuffered and un-neutralized acids at a low pH level making it ideal for dry, combination, or sensitive skin types.

Acne Peel (aka Micropeel Plus)

The Acne Peel uses patented high concentrations of stabilized, self-neutralizing beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) to reduce acne while also improving blotchiness, texture issues, and uneven skin tone. This peel is ideal for combination, oily, or acneic skin with moderate post-inflammatory pigmentation.

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