Chemical Peel in Beverly Hills

What Is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a facial treatment that will significantly improve the tone and texture of your skin. It works by carefully removing the damaged outer layers of your skin to reveal healthy and vibrant skin beneath. As your body responds to the treatment, the new skin comes in looking younger, healthier, and more even in texture and tone.

Is it safe?

Chemical peels are completely safe when performed by a trained and certified provider like those at Cloud Med Spa. Your specialist should be able to assess your skin to determine the ideal strength and type of peel appropriate for your skin. Complications or side effects are all rare when a peel is performed by a qualified provider.
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How does it work?

Chemical peeling agents resurface the skin by inducing a controlled exfoliation, removing the uppermost layers of the skin. As a result, chemical peels promote the growth of a new top skin layer that is healthier. Doing so can improve skin problems such as:
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven texture
  • Skin impurities
In short, chemical peels result in healthier, better-looking skin with even a single treatment!

Is a Chemical Peel Right for Me?

Chemical peels are ideal for anyone who wants to improve skin texture and appearance. If you have skin damage or concerns such as:
  • Signs of aging
  • Sun damage
  • Acne & acne scarring
  • Dark spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
Then a chemical peel could be just what you need.
However, you may need to pass on a chemical peel if you have certain skin conditions at the peel site, such as:
  • Infection or disease
  • Cut or broken skin
  • Sunburn
  • Current Herpes simplex 1 sores
  • Current psoriasis outbreak
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Rosacea
If you are pregnant or nursing or have taken Accutane within the last 6 months, you may need to wait.

Types of Chemical Peels

There are several types of chemical peels ranging in strength from mildly superficial to deeply resurfacing. Below is a bit of info about the different types of peels we offer.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) – glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid.

  • This is the mildest chemical peel formula and produces light peels for the treatment of:
    • Fine wrinkles
    • Areas of dryness
    • Uneven pigmentation
    • Acne
  • They are effective in a series and have very little downtime.
  • AHA peels may cause stinging, skin redness and mild irritation.

Beta hydroxy acid peels (BHA) – salicylic acid

  • This peel is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
  • Works great for acne
  • Reduces the bumps and discolored spots associated with acne
  • Controls sebum secretion
These mild to moderate chemical peels are sometimes called “lunchtime” peels. They take little time to perform and the patient may return to their activities without any disruptions.

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Trichlor acid peels (TCA)

  • Comes in a variety of strengths
  • Works by removing dead skin cells and stimulating new skin cell growth
  • Can tighten the skin by stimulating collagen
  • Reduces the look of fine lines and large pores
  • Significantly improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin
The mild TCA peels can be performed as a series of two-three treatments, and the results will last up to a few months.
The deeper, high concentration TCA peel has more downtime. But the results will last longer, up to a year. The high concentration TCA peel requires up to one week of downtime due to the level of peeling that may occur. The skin continues to improve for 30 days after the treatment.

Is a Chemical Peel Painful?

A chemical peel can sting but does not cause much pain overall. You may experience stinging, redness, irritation, and crusting after your peel. But this is normal and will lessen in the days following your peel. The stronger your peel is, the more it will sting. And more redness, swelling, and irritation are to be expected. Still, these symptoms can be lessened by using creams or gels prescribed by your provider.

How Long Does a Chemical Peel Take?

Your entire appointment should last under an hour. The actual chemical itself is only left on your skin for about 3 to 5 minutes. But you will spend some time with your provider consulting, prepping your skin, and then moisturizing your skin after the chemical is removed.

How often does a Chemical Peel need to be performed?

You should notice improved skin tone, texture, and clarity from a single peel. But the number of treatments needed varies from person to person. Once desired results are achieved, patients can undergo maintenance treatments with 2-3 chemical peels a year. The better your skincare routine, the less maintenance you will need to retain results. You will need to wait at least one month in between chemical peels.

How long do results last?

Results from a chemical peel depend significantly on your skincare routine. The better the routine and the less sun exposure to the area treated, the longer your results will be able to be maintained. Since the effects of aging are unavoidable, we recommend 2-3 maintenance peels per year to keep your skin in great shape.


Get started with a chemical peel in Beverly Hills by scheduling your consultation today. Experience a fully tailored treatment plan that is matched to your unique goals and expectations.

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