UCLA Trained | Cosmetic Dermatology | Skincare Expert in Chemical Peels


Your skin has the ability to repair itself even after chronic and long-term sun damage. To achieve a brighter, smoother, and clear complexion, cosmetic dermatologists rely on specially designed chemical peels to bring out the shine in your skin. Chemical peels are safe and can reduce discoloration and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure, reduce breakouts and cystic acne, help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, and improve your overall complexion. In our Santa Monica Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology Center, we specialize in chemical peels to help improve your complexion. Schedule a consultation by calling 310-998-5533.

What are chemical peels? Chemical peels contain exfoliating and resurfacing acids that can remove the top layer of your skin and stimulate new cell growth. The results can dramatically improve your skin health and give you a smooth, healthier looking, and refined complexion.

What can I improve in my skin with a chemical peel? 
  • Melasma and hyperpigmentation
  • Skin Texture
  • Acne scars
  • Facial scars from injury, burns, and sunburns
  • Pore size, blackheads, and whiteheads
  • Skin firmness and elasticity
  • Balanced skin tone with less melasma and hyperpigmentation
  • Hydration in the skin, rosacea
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Fewer dark spots, sun spots, freckles, brown patches, agespots 

How do chemical peels work? There are many different types of chemical peels and they all are similar in that they can stimulate skin cells to exfoliate and renew themselves. Chemical peels can exfoliate dead skin cells on the epidermis and reduce excessive sebum and oil production within oil glands and pores. In doing so, poor clogging blackheads are removed and old skin cells are exfoliated to reveal a healthier complexion.

Chemical peels in Santa Monica: Kare Plastic Surgery specializes in light, medium, and deep level chemical peels using salicylic acid, retinoic acid, Glycolic acid, lactic acid, and trichloroacetic acid. We also offer more advanced peels such as the Z0 3 step peel, Cosmelan peel, Obagi blue peel, Kare Melapeel, and Jan Marini peels. Each type of peel can help with find wrinkles, acne breakouts, back acne, hyperpigmentation, and skin discoloration with melasma.

Jessner peel and TCA peels: both of these peels are performed in our Santa Monica and Beverly Hills offices and our ideal for skin with visible sun damage, aging, fine wrinkles, acne scars, and collagen depletion. A TCA peel is ideal for anti-aging and for melasma. This peel can significantly reduce sun damage and improve skin quality and collagen content. We use this in combination with a fractional CO2 laser or clear and brilliant fractional laser to help improve the skin.

Cosmelan peel: Melasma is a hormonal pigmentation issue that can occur on the face and neck areas. Brownish pigmentation can occur with melasma and make your skin complexion uneven and variegated. Melasma is caused by a combination of genetics, pregnancy, sun exposure, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. We use the Cosmelan mask from Spain to lighten existing pigmentation and discoloration. Although the skin is lightened and the complexion improved, Cosmelan does not cure melasma. Cosmelan is applied in the office and continued at home with initiation of depigmentation creams in the weeks that follow. This peel provides a dramatic improvement to melasma and requires maintenance with Melarase AM and Melarase PM products. 

Light chemical peels: our Santa Monica medical spa is located on Montana Avenue and offers light chemical peels using lactic acid or salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and hydrate your skin. These brightening chemical peels can help reduce sunspots and are often used in association with IPL laser or fractional laser. Hydrafacial in Santa Monica: the hydrafacial is an ideal medical facial that uses a three-step protocol to exfoliate the skin and hydrate it with enzymes and chemical peels. We use our exclusive Melapeel booster or retinoid booster to further promote skin health, vibrancy, and hydration. These boosters work well with Botox and dermal fillers to amplify results and give you stunning skin.

If you have an event coming up and want to have brighter skin without the downtime, these light chemical peels are great for you. We have exclusive Kare Retinoid peels or light Lactic peels that work wonders on tired skin and have minimal downtime. 

Medium and Deep chemical peels: Once the chemical peel has penetrated past the stratum corneum and epidermis, we would consider the peel a medium or deep depth chemical peel. These peels are more effective for their skin tightening effect and for reducing deeply embedded dermal pigment in melasma. A medium depth and deep depth chemical peels is medically therapeutic treatment that can reduce signs of aging, acne scars, deep wrinkles, and uneven skin texture. Our office utilizes deep chemical peels in conjunction with lasers to further amplify the effects of skin rejuvenation. The following list outlines some of the effects of a deep depth chemical peel with TCA. 
  • Reducing medium and deep wrinkles
  • Removing superficial blemishes and age spots
  • Correcting skin pigmentation with melasma and sunspots
  • Improving skin texture and scarring
  • Improving overall skin tightness
  • Reducing deep acne scars 
  • Reversing sun damage
  • Brown spots, Solar lentigenes, Age spots, and uneven pigmentation

Recovery after a chemical peel: The amount of skin recovery really depends on the depth of your chemical peel. Light chemical peels have little to no downtime, whereas deeper chemical peels may penetrate the dermis and cause 7-10 days of skin recovery and peeling. During the initial dryness and peeling stage, your skin may become noticeably darker as the pigment is driven towards the surface of your skin. Redness, skin tightness, mild discomfort, and itching are all normal elements of recovery. We encourage patients to use a lightening SPF sunscreen during the day; a good example is Spectrase SPF available in our office. It is advisable to avoid direct sunlight and picking of any dried or peeling skin. 

Hydrafacial: Hydrafacial is an excellent option for those patients with complexion issues, hyperpigmentation, acne breakouts, back acne, shoulder acne, or buttock folliculitis. This amazing peel uses a 3-step process to exfoliate your skin and infuse it with skin rejuvenating enzymes and peels. Hydrafacial is one of our most popular treatments. 

Dermal fillers and Botox: Our office specializes in chemical peels, dermal filler such as Juvederm and Restylane, Botox injections, IPL laser, and laser resurfacing.  To learn more about options for Botox or dermal fillers, schedule a consultation in our office to speak to one of our plastic surgeons or nurse practitioners. 

IPL laser and Chemical peel: We also offer combination treatments that include IPL to reduce sunspots and agespots combined with chemical peels to further amplify your skin. IPL is extremely popular for agespots and abnormal pigmentation on the face, neck, and chest areas. 

At-home Peeling: Kareskin MD offers therapeutic skin products to improve skin quality and tone. Visit our website at www.kareskin.com to learn more about our products. With centers in the Middle East and the United States, we offer skin solutions for most skin types and complexions. 
  • Melapads Daily Exfoliating Pads: These take-home exfoliating pads are ideal for a busy lifestyle. They contain alpha and beta hydroxy acids + kojic acid to gently exfoliate the skin, reduce pores, reduce excess sebum in the skin, and brighten your complexion. We recommend these pads for teenagers and adults who want clearer, healthier skin. 
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