Chemical Peels

Cosmetic Dermatologist Serving Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Larchmont & surrounding areas in California

Chemical skin peels remove damaged outer layers of skin on the face, neck, chest and hands to smooth texture, reduce scarring, and remove blemishes and pre-cancerous growths to produce healthy, glowing skin. They can even be used on the arms and legs.

Peel formulas and strengths range from mild to strong, and are tailored to each patient. Superficial peels, such as alpha hydroxy acids, require no ‘downtime’ but do require a series of small peels over time, usually spread 2-4 weeks apart. These peels, often also referred to as glycolic peels work by “ungluing” the damaged skin cells and allowing them to easily slough off.

At Rebecca Fitzgerald MD, we are proud to offer peels from leading skin care companies like SkinMedica and Obagi. Dr. Fitzgerald would be glad to discuss these options with you: (323) 430-9800.


SkinMedica Illuminize Peel | Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Larchmont

Illuminize Peel – Level I

This non-invasive very superficial chemical peel utilizes a novel approach to chemical peeling with a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids (mandelic acid and malic acid) in combination with phytic acid and commonly used peeling agents (salicylic acid and resorcinol) to maximize skin rejuvenating effects with low irritation.

  • Increase skin glow and radiance
  • Tightens the skin and restores a more youthful appearance
  • Improves clarity, color and skin texture
  • Patients achieve enhancement of skin appearance with minimal downtime and discomfort
  • Appropriate for first-time chemical peel patients or patients looking for a gentle, very superficial peel
  • May be performed on Skin types I- VI
  • Little or no visible peeling

SkinMedica - Vitalize Peel | Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Larchmont

Vitalize Peel – Level II

Vitalize Peel helps fight the effects of time, sun damage, and environmental assaults. This powerful yet non-damaging peel can take years off aging skin.

  • Addresses various skin conditions, such as pigmentation abnormalities, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, and photodamage
  • Effective (achieve visible improvement after one treatment, significant results after a series of treatments)
  • Can be customized for the treatment of each specific condition
  • May be performed on Skin types I- VI
  • Little or no down time
  • Peeling solution combined with Retinoic acid creates more exfoliation than other chemical peels same depth
  • Well tolerated (minimum or no burning, peeling solution has pH 2-3, higher than most chemical peels)
  • Easy to use (does not require timing or neutralization)

SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peel | Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Larchmont

Rejuvenize Peel – Level III

Rejuvenize Peel is an advanced formulation of peeling agents, with a built-in anti-irritant and penetration enhancer that provides controlled exfoliation of the uppermost damaged layers of the skin to reveal fresher and healthier skin. Provides predictable results with minimal down time.

  • Effective for use on skin with sun damage, melasma, pigmentary changes and acne scarring
  • Noticeable improvement with just one peel
  • Recommended for Skin types I-VI
  • Can be used on skin types V-VI after the patient has established tolerability to Vitalize Peel, or with physician consent
  • Well tolerated with minimal “down time”
  • Easy to use (does not require timing or neutralization)
  • A novel synthetic surfactant, Isoceteth-20, creates more uniform peeling while controlling penetration of salicylic acid, and therefore reduces skin irritation associated with the stronger chemical peels without diminishing peeling effect

Obagi Blue Peel Radiance | Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Larchmont

Obagi Blue Radiance Peel

Obagi Blue Peel RADIANCE can improve your skin’s look, texture, and feel in a matter of minutes.

  • Instant, radiant results for most skin types
  • Improves a range of skin concerns, including photodamage, and results in an overall improvement in texture and tone
  • May be beneficial if you have darker skin with pigmentary changes
  • Superficial exfoliation, with little to no downtime
  • Provides instant radiance—tighter, smoother, brighter-looking skin after just 1 use
  • A series of 4 to 6 peels provides best overall results

By treating your hands, arms and chest the same as you do your face, you’ll keep a much more “together” look. Dr. Fitzgerald has consistent success with special peels for the arms and chest, areas which normally are more difficult to improve.

Aging and sun damage show in more places than just your face. By treating your hands, arms and chest the same as you do your face, you’ll keep a much more “together” look. Treatment combinations may include the use of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and Vbeam vascular laser to target specific resistant pigmentation and small broken vessels that chemical peels can’t resolve.

No matter what chemical peel you choose, it is vital that you follow strict adherence to a sun protection program to maintain your results and prevent unwanted pigment changes. Medical chemical peels need to be correctly chosen for your skin type and condition and should be administered in a physician’s office. Exact combinations and formulations will provide safe and long lasting results.

Call Dr. Fitzgerald today at (323) 430-9800 or contact us online to explore the chemical peel that is right for your complexion. We serve patients throughout the Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills and Larchmont.