Chemical peels are a great way to restore your skin’s tone and natural beauty. Your skin is unique and deserves the best in care and nourishment. With chemical peels, you can reduce fine lines caused by sun damage or aging. However, these peels can also be used for mild scarring, certain types of acne, and may even reduce symptoms of rosacea. Many patients use chemical peels to enhance the results of other skin rejuvenation treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing, which makes this a very versatile skin care option.
Chemical peels work by dissolving tissue cells, revealing a fresh, bright, new layer of skin. The depth of the exfoliation depends on the peel used, the type of acid present, and how it’s applied. We are proud to offer a wide array of chemical peels to our clients.
Chemical Peels Offered at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists
- Lactic Acid Peel: The lactic acid peel is one of the gentlest options we offer. Unlike with other acids, a lactic acid peel provides exfoliating effects but is extra gentle. This is likely the best option for patients who have sensitive skin.
- Citric Acid Peel: Citric acid is derived from citric fruits, specifically the alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) found in this type of produce. A citric acid peel is mild and used to reduce uneven pigmentation and fine lines. Some patients also see an improvement in acne after receiving a citric acid peel.
- Glycolic Acid Peel: Glycolic acid is a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It is found in sugar cane and can be used as a mild peeling treatment. Those who opt for this chemical peel can expect to see a reduction in find lines, some types of acne, and uneven skin pigmentation.
- Salicylic Acid Peel: The salicylic acid peel is one of our most popular. This type of acid effectively treats clogged pores, seborrheic dermatitis, and oily skin. As a result, this type of peel works very well for patients whose skin has been damaged by the sun. Salicylic acid peels can also treat dull and lifeless skin, dry or dehydrated skin, and uneven skin tones. This is another good peel for those with sensitive skin.
- Vitalize Peel®: This peel utilizes four separate agents: AHAs, BHAs, resorcinol, and retinoic acid. The Vitalize Peel can treat uneven skin tones, reduce acne scarring, and decrease fine lines.
- Illuminize Peel®: The Illuminize Peel is a great option for those looking to fix mild skin imperfections. By providing radiant, vibrant looking skin, this peel is great for those looking to fix mild discoloration and uneven skin tone. Additionally, this peel requires no down time.
What to Expect During Your Chemical Peel
When you arrive for a chemical peel, our licensed estheticians will discuss your needs, then recommend the appropriate peel for your skin type and problem. We will then thoroughly cleanse the skin to remove surface oils. The peeling solution is then applied to the treatment area. Most patients prefer to have the face, neck, chest, and/or arms treated. After the peel, your skin will be cleaned of residual material, and we will moisturize the treated area.
During the treatment you may feel a slight prickling or itching sensation, but once the peel is neutralized, the sensation subsides. After the treatment, you may experience some mild facial redness and swelling, but most of our patients immediately return to work or their normal daily activities.
At Zel Skin & Laser Specialists, we’re committed to keeping your skin looking healthy for a lifetime. We use only those treatments and procedures scientifically proven to improve your skins appearance. Our medically trained staff is led by Dr. Brian Zelickson, a board-certified dermatologist.
*Results may vary per patient. Services vary by location.
*Results vary per patient.
Brian brings a unique combination of medical science, clinical expertise, integrity and compassion to his patients. He provides the latest technology available in the field of dermatology but with a personalized touch for each patient. He is highly respected by his colleagues throughout the country for his expertise and sincerity.
Everyone I have met at Zel is amazing!
It is rare to find a dermatologist who is as knowledgeable about the many facets of clinical and cosmetic dermatology as Dr. Zelickson. Because of his knowledge and honesty, doctors worldwide know they can depend on his assessment of new therapies, procedures and medical devices. This, in turn, has made him a much sought–after speaker for the plethora of professional medical society meetings and engagements that we have throughout the year. I am honored to know Dr. Zelickson and consider him a friend to the profession.
Dr. Brian Zelickson was one of our initial Thermage investigators and helped us understand the mechanisms of non–invasive skin tightening. He is a renowned expert on how collagen can affect skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of this country’s leading laser experts. Not only is he unparalleled as a laser surgeon, it is not an exaggeration to state that his superb research helps determine the future of dermatologic laser surgery.
Dr. Zelickson is a highly regarded skin/light expert in our industry. When Candela looks for both medical and scientific advice for new laser applications, we often turn to him for his counsel. The input he provides us always starts with patient safety and satisfaction. We feel fortunate to be able to tap into Brian as an independent resource. The patients who are treated with Candela devices are often the beneficiaries of Brian’s input to us.
Most patients prefer seeing a doctor who is known for a particular specialty or procedure, but all patients want to see the doctor who invented the procedure or therapy. Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the most respected physicians in the field of cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine. He has lectured around the world and is one of the most sought–after speakers for all major meetings in dermatology.
I would rate Dr. Zelickson's clinic 10 stars!
We have felt honored to have Dr. Brian Zelickson, a world–renowned dermatologist who is distinguished as a high–quality care physician, serving as the investigator evaluating Syneron non–invasive skin tightening technology
I trained with Dr. Zelickson at Mayo Clinic, and I found him to be a very bright and creative dermatologist and scientist. Later, he was our best advisor when we set up our clinic in the Basque Country in Spain. I call him the ‘paparazzi of dermatology.’ His contribution to our speciality is probably among the best of this century.
Tuve la suerte de conocer al Dr. Brian Zelickson en Minneapolis hace muchos anos y desde entonces acudo regularmente a compartir sus conocimientos. Es un científico honrado, brillante, creativo e innovador. Nunca deja de sorprenderte agradablemente.
Dr. Zelickson is a very well–respected dermatologist, not only in the U.S., but also in Europe. He is famous for being the author of relevant dermatological studies published in many prestigious medical journals and for the improvements he’s made on minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that are being used by dermatologists all over the world.
Our view from Europe of Dr. Brian Zelickson is that he is one of the leading four or five U.S. laser dermatologists. His research contributions, his superb lectures and his expert knowledge of laser skin surgery make him a valued friend, colleague and guest.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in cutaneous laser surgery. He has performed groundbreaking research over the past decade, advancing the field as well as expertly providing the most up–to–date laser treatments for his patients.
Brian Zelickson is a world–renowned laser expert who helps develop the lasers and treatment parameters used by the rest of the world. He is where others turn to learn the latest techniques in laser surgery. If you want the best treatment available, delivering the best results in the safest environment available, there is no need to look anywhere else.
I have met many laser experts in my 20 years of teaching, lecturing and running a busy practice. There is no one who I respect more than Brian. If I have a clinical question or research idea, Brian is one of the few individuals I call, as I know I can count on his intellect, integrity and common sense.
Dr. Zelickson is one of America’s most knowledgeable laser experts. He has done pioneering work with many of the laser and light–based technologies developed in the world over the last 10 years. He is a giant in the field.
Dr. Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in the field of lasers for the treatment of the skin. His many years experience in treating thousands of patients with lasers and other medical devices makes him one of the most sought–after doctors in this field. Innovation and caring are his trademarks.