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Medical Skin Peels in San Diego, CA

Skin peels provide exfoliation and remove damaged layers of skin to reveal healthy skin cells. La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic offers medical skin peels for men and women in San Diego, Encinitas, La Mesa, El Cajon, and surrounding areas of California.

Our medical-grade peels contain a higher percentage of active ingredients. By using a higher percentage of active ingredients, you will notice better results.


Jessner Peel

Our Jessner Peel is a medium deep peel designed for more extensive damage than AHA’s can improve. It is made from salicylic acid (a beta hydroxyl acid), lactic acid (an alpha hydroxyl acid) and resorcinol. It can be used to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation and to treat aged, sun-damaged skin.

How Is It Applied?

The technician applies a glycolic cleanser over your face to fully remove the oils, so that the Jessner’s solution will penetrate properly. Then she will apply the Jessner’s solution to your face. This causes a slight burning sensation. Several layers may be applied depending on the skin condition. You may develop a whitened look, known as “frosting” that will dissipate within a few hours. The technician neutralizes the solution and removes it from the skin with cool water. A calming mask is applied.

The skin may be pink or light tan color, and then begins to peel and flake for about 7 days. After about a week, more smooth and radiant looking skin will appear.

What Skin Condition Is Not Treatable With A Jessner’s Peel?

You should not have sunburned skin, traumatized skin or active acne.

What Post-Care Is Necessary After A Jessner’s Peel?

Stay out of direct sunlight for 1 week. Apply a thin coat of plain Vaseline daily to the treated areas for 4 days.

What Precautions Should I Be Aware Of After The Peel?

Avoid sunlight, wait 1 week before using Retin-A on the skin.

How Long Should I Wait Between Peels In The Same Area?

We recommend you wait approximately 4 weeks.


Chemical peels don’t get much recognition these days. With lasers and lights getting the focus in the news, the chemical peels have taken a back seat. But they don’t need to!

Those of you with facial discoloration probably already know about Cosmelan, the topical “go to” for melasma and persistent hyperpigmentation. But what if it’s texture or roughness or sun damage that’s bothering you and lasers are simply not in your budget?

We’ve brought in a brand new customizable hybrid peel, called the Apeele, performed in a 3-step 30 minute process for:

  • Skin cell rejuvenation (using retinoic acid)
  • Skin polishing (using mandelic and lactic acid)
  • Pigmentation reduction (using Hydroquinone)
  • Mid to deep photo damage reversal (using phenol and retinoic acid)
  • Acne improvement (using salicylic acid)

Medical Skin Peels FAQs

What is a Medical Peel?

A medical peel, or chemical peel, is a facial treatment that is similar to facial at a traditional spa. With a medical skin peel, a customized chemical formula is applied to the skin to exfoliate the outermost layers. This treatment removes aged or damaged skin to reveal healthier skin underneath.

Are Chemical Peels Good for the Skin?

Chemical peels can be extremely beneficial for skin health and appearance. By eliminating damaged or aged skin, patients can reduce wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin texture and more. Chemical peels can also improve the efficacy of topical skincare products.

How Much Does a Chemical Peel Cost?

The cost of a chemical peel will vary depending on the strength of the chemical peel solution as well as the number of treatments needed for optimal results. Fortunately, financing options make chemical peels much more affordable.

Can a Chemical Peel Damage the Skin?

When performed by a qualified professional, chemical peels are perfectly safe. Under the close supervision of your doctor, the chemical peel will only exfoliate as many layers of the skin as necessary to produce your desired results. This is a controlled technique that strategically exfoliates damaged skin to improve skin health.

Is a Chemical Peel Painful?

Although the name “chemical peel” may be intimidating, the treatments are not painful or uncomfortable. Most patients experience a warming or tingling sensation during the chemical peel treatment, but find the treatment quite tolerable. If you are concerned about discomfort, a topical cooling gel can be applied prior to the chemical peel.

If you are considering medical skin peels in San Diego, Encinitas, La Mesa, El Cajon, and surrounding areas of California, entrust your treatments to the skin experts at La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.