Chemical Peels

The Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, was legendary for many reasons, one of which was her flawless complexion. Way back in 30 BC she knew the secret of beautiful skin – chemical peels. She luxuriated in milk baths containing lactic acid. Today’s chemical peels still utilize that compound, as well as glycolic acid (a sugar cane derivative), salicylic acid from willow tree bark, and many other natural formulations.

What Is A Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are used to remove damaged outer layers of skin to make skin smoother, reduce scarring and remove blemishes. There are different levels of peels from mild to strong in order to treat different conditions which will be tailored to each individual.

Regardless of the formulation, the goal of a chemical peel is the elimination of dead skin cells and accelerated production of fresh, new ones.

What Can Chemical Peels Do For Your Skin?

Peels are a comfortable, non-invasive, non-surgical means to improve the appearance of:

  • Acne and acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Melasma (hyperpigmentation)
  • Age spots
  • Tone and texture imperfections
  • On the face, neck, and chest.

Are Chemical Peels Safe?

You’ll find peels advertised at salons and day spas. However, your appearance is so important to your overall well-being. When you entrust your care to a qualified cosmetic dermatologist you may be assured that you are getting the right product and treatment for your skin type, in a soothing, professional, private atmosphere. Dr. Bucay has the training, skill, and in-depth knowledge of the product formulations to recommend the most beneficial skin rejuvenation peel for your situation.

SkinMedica Peels

Here at Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, we offer three SkinMedica peel products. If you are a rewards member, you will receive Alle Points with the purchase of SkinMedica treatments.


SkinMedica Illuminize Peel

SkinMedica’s Illuminize Peel is an appropriate choice for treating mild skin imperfections. The goal of this peel is to brighten the skin and create a more uniform tone and complexion.

SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peel

SkinMedica’s Rejuvenize Peel is an appropriate choice for moderate-t0-severe skin imperfections. This peel is ideal for treating the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

SkinMedica Vitalize Peel

SkinMedica’s Vitalize Peel is appropriate for treating mild skin imperfections. The peel provides smooth, even-toned, and radiant skin with little-to-no downtime. It is also effective in treating wrinkles and fine lines.

PCA Peels

We are also proudly offering PCA peels. We carry the Sensi Peel, Smoothing Body Peel, and 6% Retinol Peel.

Sensi Peel

Sensi Peel is a unique chemical peel option for all patients, including those with sensitive skin. This universal 6% TCA solution will improve surface texture and brighten the skin while helping promote an even skin tone. This multi-faceted and skin-brightening treatment is an excellent option for sensitive skin and higher Fitzpatrick skin types.

Key Benefits:

  • Improves surface texture and brightens skin
  • Promotes an even skin tone
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Smoothing Body Peel (price dependent on body part treated)

Pre-Peel Accelerator Mask (Step 1) provides nourishing ingredients that soften and hydrate the skin's surface, Smoothing Body Peel (Step 2) improves the appearance and texture of the skin with a combination of exfoliating, smoothing, and brightening ingredients. This treatment is an excellent choice for promoting an even skin tone and clear complexion on the arms, legs, back, chest, hands, and feet.

Key Benefits:

  • Pre-Peel Accelerator Mask (Step 1) provides nourishing ingredients that soften and hydrate the skin's surface
  • Smoothing Body Peel (Step 2) improves the appearance and texture of the skin with a combination of efoliating, smoothing, and brightening ingredients
  • This treatment is an excellent choice for promoting an even skin tone and clear complexion on the arms, legs, back, chest, hands, and feet

6% Retinol Peel

The most suitable candidates for this more active retinoid treatment are those with normal to resilient skin. 6% Pure Retinol Peel provides dramatic and rapid rejuvenation of the skin. By providing additional antioxidants within the formula, the skin is further protected from free radical damage. Skin is visibly smoother, brighter, and more evenly toned. Note: For Physicians' Use Only.

Key Benefits:

  • 6% Pure Retinol Peel is indicated for those who want extreme skin rejuvenation
  • Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and smooths the skin's texture
  • Patients should expect dramatic peeling and sheeting beginning two to three days post-treatment and lasting for up to ten days

Chemical Peel Recovery Time

A light peel is a pampering treatment with no downtime. You may return to normal activities right away, wearing good quality make-up. Others won’t know you’ve had a dermatological procedure done, but be prepared – they may comment that you look radiant. Results continue to develop for several weeks. You’ll enjoy it so much you may want to schedule treatment once a month. After a stronger peel, you may experience some redness and flaking for up to a week, revealing a revived complexion with results that are long-lasting.

Schedule A Consultation

Because the health and appearance of your skin is critical to you, it is also vitally important to us. Dr. Bucay has years of experience in administering chemical peels, and has personally trained her staff in performing these peels. You can feel comfortable and confident that you are in the best hands for your skin rejuvenation treatment.

Are you ready for fresher, more youthful skin with smooth tone and texture? Contact Dr. Bucay at 210.692.3000 or  210.370.9995 to learn more about chemical peels.

Schedule A Consultation



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