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What is a chemical peel?

While a chemical peel in San Ramon may sound painful, the reality of the PCA chemical peel is that it’s a skin friendly and effective peel that helps treat acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles. You won’t have to deal with downtime, and your face will look plump and hydrated. You’ll leave your appointment with a healthy glow and all you have to do is follow the simple, post-procedure regimen assigned by Dr. Samra.

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Do chemical peels hurt?

Those receiving the chemical peel treatment only feel a mild stinging sensation during the treatment. After the procedure, you can use a mild pain reliever to relieve any discomfort. Sometimes, but very uncommonly, you may experience a form of mild, beginner’s peel. Consulting with our esthetician will ensure you receive the correct treatment for your skin.

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What are the benefits of a chemical peel?

  • Improved skin texture and tone
  • Refined pores
  • Reduction in wrinkles and fine lines
  • Correction of sun damage
  • Correction of acne and acne scarring
  • A more youthful appearance to the skin
  • A personalized approach
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Chemical Peel Options

  • Light: Light peels are the most gentle type of peel, designed to remove the outer layer of skin and reveal a refreshed new layer beneath. Light chemical peels are effective in treating fine lines, mild wrinkles, acne, uneven skin texture, dull skin tone, and dryness. Light peels can be repeated every two to five weeks.
  • Medium: Medium peels penetrate beyond the surface to address both the outer and middle layers of skin. Medium chemical peels effectively improve mild-to-moderate wrinkles, acne, acne scars, pigment concerns, and uneven texture, revealing glowing, renewed skin. Repeat treatments may be needed, depending on your aesthetic goals and needs.
  • Deep: A deep peel is the most intense peel, penetrating well into the lower layers of skin. Deep peels can provide the most dramatic results, but require more recovery time. Deep peels significantly address deeper wrinkles, dry skin, pigment and texture concerns, more significant scarring, precancerous growths, and many other issues. Repeat peels aren’t necessary to achieve full results.

What Happens During a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels usually take only 30 to 60 minutes to complete, depending on how deep the formula is going into the skin. Before applying the chemical solution, the skin needs to be prepped. The patient’s skin is cleansed, and their eyes and hair are covered to prevent accidental splashing. The solution is then applied to the skin using an instrument such as a brush or sponge. Peeling solutions are formulated with an exfoliating acid, such as glycolic or salicylic acid.


It is normal for patients to feel a slight stinging sensation when the solution is applied to their skin. Once the solution has sat on the skin for a predetermined amount of time, it is neutralized and removed from the treatment area. A cool compress is then applied to the face to relax the skin while it heals. For patients that receive deep peels, pain medication may be prescribed for them to take at home.

How to preparefor a chemical peel

  • Don’t exfoliate your skin. As a chemical peel is an intense form of exfoliation, exfoliating beforehand can result in damaged skin. All forms of exfoliation should be avoided for at least one week before the procedure.
  • Do not wear makeup. While it makes you look good, it leaves a layer of debris that affects the peel. Stop using it for a few days leading up to the procedure.
  • Avoid sunlight at all costs. Chemical peels work better on non-damaged skin. If you have to be outside, wear a high-SPF sunscreen and a hat.
  • Keep hydrated. Drink lots of water and avoid products that dry out your skin.
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Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?

Dr. Samra will only suggest treatments he truly believes are in your best interest, so it’s important to undergo a private consultation with him at his Livermore office so he can make his best recommendation for your skin type. In general, good candidates for our Dublin, CA chemical peels are of sound mind and body, are non-smokers with realistic expectations for their results, and are not currently taking the medication Accutane.

Is there any recovery for a chemical peel?

After our Danville, CA light chemical peel, the skin will need about 2-7 days to heal. Some slight flakiness, redness, stinging or itching may be present. These are normal reactions, and they will pass shortly. Dr. Samra will provide a full aftercare regimen for you as he does with every procedure, and you will also receive follow up visits.

What is the cost of a chemical peel?

Each chemical peel will be formulated with your unique skincare concerns in mind, so the price will vary from client to client. Dr. Samra customizes your treatment and performs a detailed physical evaluation and medical review during your consultation in Livermore, CA. You will receive an individualized quote at the time of your first session with Dr. Samra.

Why choose Sculpt MD for your chemical peel?

At Sculpt MD, state-of-the-art technology and cutting edge equipment meets human warmth, compassion and a truly inviting practice atmosphere. Our staff is friendly and courteous always, and makes your stay one of reward, renewal and rejuvenation. Dr. Samra is a board certified physician who oversees virtually every procedure at Sculpt MD, ensuring the highest level of professionalism and integrity.

FAQ's

How do I care for my skin after a chemical peel?

Keep your skin moisturized to help it heal faster. Apply a thick layer of unscented moisturizer over your face before you go to sleep. This improves your recovery time and soothes the skin.

When will my skin start to peel and for how long?

Your skin will start to peel two or three days after your treatment. Peeling lasts for two to five days. Do not pick at the peeling skin, as that may damage your skin and cause hyperpigmentation. Instead, use a good moisturizer.

What products and procedures should I avoid before a chemical peel?

Do not have laser hair removal or other laser treatments. Don’t have a facial, use a facial mask or facial scrub or exfoliator. Do not dye or straighten your hair. Do not have Botox, collagen injections, or dermal fillers. Don’t use prescription topicals such as Retin-A or any products that contain retinol, benzoyl peroxide, or alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) and beta hydroxyl acids (BHA).

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