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Most Popular Chemical Peels in San Diego & Carlsbad, CA

Do you sometimes wish you could have a “do-over” when it comes to your skin? While that’s not exactly possible, a chemical peel at our La Jolla and Carlsbad locations comes pretty close.

Chemical peels work by removing the top layers of skin—the dull, damaged, and generally “blah” layers—to reveal the healthier, smoother, and fresher-looking skin underneath.

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At LJC, our talented medical spa specialists perform each chemical peel. With extensive knowledge in skin wellness and medical-grade skincare products, our aesthetic team has a knack for finding just the right combination of treatments to get great results, whatever your unique concerns, skin type, and budget.

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A little overwhelmed by your options? Check out our nifty guide to our chemical peels and facials! It’ll help you see which peels are particularly well-suited for your skin.

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Types of Chemical Peels

Below are the types of chemical peels you have to choose from at LJC. Take a look and see what ap-peels to you, then visit our guide to find your perfect peel.

Light Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are considered light, medium, or deep depending on how many layers of skin are affected by the peel.

Light peels remove only the topmost layers of skin, making them ideal for addressing modest sun damage, fine wrinkles, and mild acne scarring. They give an overall boost to the skin, and generally require minimal downtime and often no anesthetic.

SkinMedica Illuminize PeelThe Illuminize Peel is a milder formula that is appropriate for individuals seeking a gentle, superficial peel. The Illuminize Peel results in minimal discomfort while significantly improving the color and texture of your skin. This is a great choice for first-time chemical peel patients.  
Lactic Acid PeelAs the name implies, the main ingredient in this mildest of peels is lactic acid, derived from milk products. It is an excellent peel for dry skin, and works to fade fine wrinkles, acne scars, and age spots. It also improves  mild skin laxity. Lactic acid peels are ideal for the first-time patient as well as those who are pregnant or have sensitive skin.  
Salicylic Acid PeelThis peel is designed to exfoliate your skin while encouraging the body’s natural collagen and elastin production. It is a popular option for patients with oiler skin or with acne, due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  
Fruit Enzyme PeelThis is an all-natural peel that uses enzymes and acids from fruit. It’s excellent for light exfoliation to soften rough patches and tone the skin.  
Glycolic Acid PeelA type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid encourages new cell regeneration and helps improve skin tone. Glycolic peels also help to relieve chronic dry skin.  
SkinMedica Vitalize PeelOne of our most popular peels at LJC, the Vitalize Peel is a great option to treat fine lines and early signs of aging to reveal a smoother, more youthful complexion. A little stronger than the Illuminize Peel, the Vitalize is still considered a light peel, requiring little to no downtime.  
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Medium-Depth Chemical Peels

Our medium-depth peels reach further into the epidermis to address more severe damage, including scars, hyperpigmentation, and more progressive age spots.

These peels offer more dramatic results but also require a longer period of healing. Your practitioner will also provide you with a topical anesthetic to enhance your comfort during treatment, if necessary.

SkinMedica Rejuvenize PeelIf you have more severe discoloration or skin conditions, you might opt for the Rejuvenize Peel, which offers a deeper peel to address more advanced wrinkles, age spots, and roughness. This does result in slightly more discomfort and skin peeling, but the improvements can be dramatic.  
PERFECT™ Derma PeelThis peel is a prescription-strength chemical peel that contains multiple antioxidants, including glutathione (a.k.a. the “master antioxidant”), resulting in a gentle, yet powerful peel that dramatically improves skin tone, texture, and appearance in a matter of days.  
Jessner’s PeelThis is a popular medium-depth treatment featuring a mixture of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol. It is excellent for evening out pigmentation, clearing pores, improving skin texture, and minimizing fine lines. Jessner’s peels are safe for most skin types, but they’re not recommended if you have certain allergies or chronic conditions. We will review your medical history at your consultation to ensure you receive safe, effective treatment.  
Retin A PeelVitamin A is a key ingredient in this peel, making it a great option if you are noticing just how much the signs of aging are setting in and would like to see a lot less of those sunspots and wrinkles. It restores an overall more youthful appearance to your skin.

How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost in San Diego?

At our La Jolla and Carlsbad med spas, the cost of a chemical peel varies depending on the type of peel. We’ll give you a personalized pricing estimate after your consultation, so you know what to expect. Get all the info you need about costs on our pricing page.

LJC is happy to accept payments through several affordable financing plans. Learn more on our financing page.

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Last reviewed by a La Jolla Cosmetic Medical Spa Editor on December 12th, 2023. Meet Our Medical Editors

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