Chemical Peels

As we age, skin imperfections start to make their way to the surface. Wrinkles, sun-damage, acne scars and other flaws begin to arise on your complexion and can cause the skin to appear uneven, dull or prematurely aged. Fortunately, smoother, healthier and more radiant skin is just beneath the surface, and can easily be revealed with a chemical peel treatment at U Laser Med Spa .

A chemical peel or facial peel is a skin-resurfacing treatment that works to gently strip away dead skin cells from varying depths of the skin to reduce the appearance of lines, discolorations and impurities and allow for new healthy skin cells to take their place. A facial peel can dramatically improve both your skin tone and texture to restore a healthy, natural glow to your complexion and take years off of your appearance – all in one short treatment.

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PCA Ultra Peel

Ultra Peels are appropriate for all skin types, conditions and sensitivities - including rosacea. Ultra Peel treatments can be used to effectively treat different types of acne and pigment disorders, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles or restoring sun-damaged skin. Ultra Peel is specially formulated to combat signs of maturing skin and works to deliver moisture to the skin, promoting a brighter, clearer complexion. While there is no downtime for recovery, delayed skin flaking may occur two to four days following your facial peel. The final result will be healthy, hydrated and luminous skin.

PCA Sensi Peel

Sensi Peel utilizes a gentle chemical solution that is ideal for treating highly sensitive skin types or those with darker skin pigmentation. This exfoliating peel works to delicately reduce the appearance of sun-damaged skin and hyperpigmentation, while strengthening skin and brightening your overall complexion.

PCA Pumpkin Peel

A pumpkin peel uses a potent antioxidant formula with salicylic acid to draw out impurities from the skin while smoothing the skin’s overall texture. The pumpkin peel can be beneficial for thicker skin types prone to acne and clogged pores. You may experience some mild stinging and redness during your treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions


What Skincare Concerns Can a Chemical Peel Treat?

Chemical peels have varying degrees of strength and unique formulations designed to successfully treat a broad range of skin concerns. The mildest option is known as a superficial peel, or lunchtime peel, which can be used to exfoliate the surface layer of the skin. Medium to deep peels work to penetrate deeper layers of skin to promote higher cellular turnover and more dramatic results but require more extended periods of downtime. At U Laser Med Spa, our chemical peel treatments can adequately address the following skin concerns:

  • Facial lines and wrinkles
  • Discoloration or blotchiness
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots or brown spots (hyperpigmentation)
  • Scars or rough skin texture
  • Rough or scaly patches of skin
  • Some forms of acne

How is a Chemical Peel Performed?

Your chemical peel will be performed in-office at our La Jolla medical center, and typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete, depending on the type of peel selected as well as the strength of the solution. Most light and superficial peels are designed to neutralize themselves after a certain period of time, and can easily be washed from the face once the treatment is complete. Medium-strength peels may require a neutralizing agent to stop the effects of the chemicals once the desired results are achieved.

What to Expect from Your Recovery and Results

Most mild or superficial chemical peels require little to no downtime following their application. While you may experience some residual redness for an hour or two following a peel treatment, or some dryness and skin flaking over the course of a few days, you should be able to return to your normal daily activities immediately. More aggressive, medium-depth peels will require a bit more time for the skin to heal, typically about five to seven days, before side effects like redness, dryness and swelling completely subside. It is vital that you follow your provided aftercare instructions to ensure your skin heals properly.

Immediately after your chemical peel, whether light or medium, your skin will temporarily be more sensitive and susceptible to UV rays, so it’s essential for you to apply sunscreen to your treated areas daily and avoid exposing your face to direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Limiting sun exposure will also help you maintain the results of your treatment and help prevent further skin concerns from developing. While your skin will not be immune to the natural aging process and will still be affected by lifestyle and environmental factors, the results of your facial peel will bring healthier and smoother-looking skin to the surface for a more youthful and flawless complexion.

What Type of Treatments Do We Offer?

Schedule a consult with one of our Licensed Expert Medical Aestheticians to help guide you in determining which peel is best for your skin type and concerns.

Call us today at 858-281-4560 and discover what our facial peels can do for you.

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Does your dull, maturing skin need a refresh? Our expert medical aestheticians at U Laser Med Spa have the knowledge and know-how to renew the tone and texture of your skin while restoring youthful radiance to your overall complexion.