What is Chemical Peel?

Chemical Peels is a cosmetic and medical procedure that has been commonly used throughout the world for over past 100 years. Chemical Peels contains acid solution which is applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells, revealing the fresh newer skin underneath. Our dermatologist Dr. Parvin Shafa has been treating chemical peel patients in Irvine, Orange County for decades.

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Chemical peel is a very effective medical or cosmetic procedure that has been used to treat active acne, facial blemishes, acne scarring, wrinkles, skin dullness, uneven pigmentation, skin discoloration, freckles, melasma and fine lines around eyes. At our office during consultation your skin is going to be evaluated by Dr. Shafa and you will be educated about chemical peel risk and benefit. After understanding your need and goal a plan of treatment with be discussed with you. You may be a candidate for one session of peel or a series of chemical peels. During such a visit you will be also informed about alternative treatments.

Chemical Peels- Before and After

Why choose us?

Not everyone get the same treatment plan at our practice. Our dermatologist,Dr. Parvin Shafa will have an individual plan with a custom blend of acids that will suit your needs. Our expertise is to properly prep your skin prior to the treatment which can take weeks, perform the custom peel and treat the skin after the procedure in order to obtain and maintain the optimal result.

How effective is the chemical peel?

The procedure can is very effective if:

  • The correct candidate is chosen
  • The skin is prepped correctly if needed
  • Type of acid and strength of acid is customized
  • Post peel treatment is individualized
  • Combine with other procedures for the optimal end point result

Type of Acids used commonly

Custom and combo peels

  • “Secret peel
  • Blue peel
  • VI peel or vipeel
  • Gessner peel

Types of Chemical Peel Strength


Light chemical peel gives you a bright, fresh and smooth look to your skin with a very short recovery time. This procedure can be performed with different type of acids, however a lower strength acid is chosen and the contact time of acid with the skin is shorten. Such a quick peel limit the penetration as well as the down time of the procedure.Light peel or “lunch hour” Peel can be performed with glycolic acid (most commonly used as a light peel) Salicylic acid or even TCA which is a stronger acid.


Medium chemical Peel is used to treat moderate sun damage, fine lines and weathered skin. TCA (Tichloracetic Acid) is commonly used acid for this level of peel. We can achieve similar result by using other acids such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid or combo acids. To obtain a deeper peel we use higher strength acid, apply multiple layers of acids to the skin with a longer contact time of the solution with the skin. Again type of acid and the level of the peel or using customized peel is going to be defined by Dr. Parvin Shafa during your consultation.


Phenol Peel is the strongest form of acid that has been used in history. This was used in the past to correct deeper wrinkles, severe sun damage, acne scar and more aggressive skin rejuvenation. Phenol peel can achieve the most dramatic rejuvenation however the risk of complication is not justified today since we can offer fractionated deep laser treatment for deeper skin rejuvenation with minimal or no risk of complications. At this time we use lower strength phenol in our customized combo peel.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

  • Will make uneven skin tones more uniform
  • Can brighten and lighten the color of your skin
  • Refine wrinkle lines
  • Improve skin tightness and makes firmer
  • Reduces visible pores