Chemical Peels


Peels: Chemical peels are often used to treat scars, pigmentation, and photodamage on the skin's surface. Chemical peels help to minimize the signs of skin damage by sloughing away the superficial surface layers of the epidermis, stimulating the healing process and the generation of fresh, new cell layers. This new cell generation leads to a rejuvenated skin appearance.

  • Glycolic Acid Peel 50% ($55)
    • Recommended to shrink pores and improve the overall look of your skin on your face and neck. Made up of a derivative of sugar cane, glycolic acid peels are a medium grade form of chemical peel, meaning that they target the epidermis of your skin rather than penetrating down to the deeper layers.
    • Benefits:
      • Pores Look Smaller - Help to shrink the appearance of pores. Pores appear enlarged when they are clogged with dirt and bacteria, resulting in blackheads. During a glycolic acid peel, chemicals seep into the epidermis and remove the dead skin cells on the surface. The dirt and bacteria that can clog pores is loosened, which makes the pores look smaller.
      • Improves Acne - Often used to treat acne and acne scars. By delivering a stronger dose of glycolic acid than many over-the-counter acne treatments contain, the peel targets problem areas and removes layers of breakout-causing dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells from your face and neck. The result is a brighter, more even complexion.
      • Reverses Sun Damage - Extended exposure to the sun can cause discoloration and dark spots on the surface of your skin. Glycolic acid peels expose a fresh layer of skin and less the appearance of sun-related spots. Glycolic acid stimulates the rebuilding of skin cells, and this rapid regrowth results in a brighter, more even complexion.
      • Anti-Aging - Many look to glycolic peels as a way to reduce wrinkles and other symptoms of aging. Glycolic acid works to strengthen deep layers of your skin, which helps to soften fine lines and gives your face a fresh, more plump appearance. To maintain these effects, it may be necessary to repeat the glycolic acid peel every three to four months.

  • Malibu Beach Peel ($150)
    • 7% TCA + 2% Salicylic Acid + Retinoic Acid 0.4%
    • High quality medium peel is an excellent way to treat acne, get rid of hyperpigmentation from sun damage, correct tone, shrink pore size, deep scar healing, improve texture and more! What makes this peel so effective is its combination of the following powerful medical grade ingredients:
      • Retinoic Acid 0.4% an acid form of Vitamin A, which targets acne
      • TCA 7% (trichloroacetic) for penetration, deep scar healing; stimulates collagen growth
      • Salicylic Acid 2% or beta hydroxy acid (BHA), an exfoliate, great for clearing up acne, black heads and white heads.
    • This can be used as a one time treatment, or can be repeated at monthly intervals, depending on particular skin issues. Additionally this is a great treatment to prep the skin before a micro-needling procedure – can also be combined with a photofacial (IPL) for fantastic results. IPL recommended 1 – 2 weeks after the patient has fully peeled.
    • Can be used on all skin types

  • Malibu Beach Peel Plus ($235)
    • 20% TCA + 10% Salicylic Acid + Retinoic Acid 0.4%
    • Refer to West Coast Peel above

  • The Perfect Derma Chemical Peel ($350 – Package of 3 $800)
    • A safe effective medium depth peel for all skin types & ethnicities.  This product is virtually painless, with no pre-peel skin preparation and little downtime. The perfect derma chemical peel is the only peel that includes the powerful anti-oxidant Glutathione, which lightens and brightens the skin, slows down the aging process and helps prevent wrinkles.
    • This peel includes Glutathione – The MASTER Antioxidant !
      • Natural occurring tri-peptide molecule produced by the liver that is found inside every cell of the body - Benefits of Glutathione:
        • Maintains the cell’s health & performance by neutralizing free radicals & helps the liver remove toxins
        • Acts as an antioxidant to other antioxidants – able to maximize:
          • Vitamin C
          • Vitamin E
          • Selenium
          • Grape Seed extract
          • Alpha-lipoic acid Coq10
        • Assist with DNA & protein synthesis (creation of collagen/elastin)
        • Helps with the body’s immune function & controls inflammation
        • Plays a key role in the pigmentation process called melanogenesis
        • Glutathione levels decrease with age
      • Benefits:
        • Improve the overall clarity, tone and texture of the skin
        • Reduce or eliminate hyperpigmentation, sun damage and Melasma
        • Improve acneic skin conditions and reduce acne scars
        • Stimulate the production of collagen, resulting in firmer, more youthful skin
        • Reduce the appearance of pore size
      • Ingredients:
        • TCA – Chemical providing excellent skin exfoliation and resurfacing while stimulating collagen to repair the skin
        • Phenol – A chemical that can trap free radicals, exfoliates and numbs the skin
        • Retinoic Acid (Vitamin A) – Exfoliates, normalizes cell turnover rate, and promotes collagen & elastin production
        • Salicylic Acid – Digests surface cells, has anti-inflammatory properties with anti-acne benefits by clearing clogged pores
        • L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) – Anti-oxidant and skin brighter also protecting the skin from UV damage while stimulating collagen production
        • Glutathione – Powerful anti-oxidant, the peel’s blend of acids delivers Glutathione deep into the basal layer where it improves cellular health, skin brightener
        • Kojic Acid – Antibacterial, suppresses pigment and brightens the skin

  • Perfect Boosters available for this peel (boosters not suitable for 1st time patients)
    • Perfect Plus Plus ($100)
      • Contains:
        • 4% Hydroquinone & 1% Hydrocortisone, Glutathione, TCA, Retinoic acid, Salicylic acid, Phenol, & Vitamin C
      • Excellent addition for patients with oily, thick or resilient skin, and is highly effective for stubborn hyperpigmentation, acne scars, actnic keratosis & sun damage on the face & body
      • Boost the action of the peel for stronger tx, targets stubborn hyperpigmentation
      • Not suitable for sensitive skin types
      • Extra caution w/ skin types 4-6 

  • Perfect Plus ($100)
    • Contains: Glutathione, TCA, Retinoic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Phenol & Vitamin
    • Excellent for patients with oily, thick, or resilient skin, and is highly effective for stubborn hyperpigmentation, acne scars, actinic keratosis & sun damage on the face and body
    • Boost the action of the peel for a stronger treatment
    • Not suitable for extremely sensitive skin types
    • Extra caution with Fitzpatrick skin types 4-6

  • Perfect Clear ($100)
    • Contains:
      • Benzoyl peroxide, Glutathione, TCA, Retinoic acid, Salicylic acid, Phenol, Hydrocortisone, and Vitamin C
      • Excellent addition for patients with moderate to severe acne or acne scars on the face, chest, back, or any body area.
        • A stronger treatment for acne patients
        • Boosting the action of the peel with Benzoyl Peroxide and Hydrocortisone


All peels are carried out by our highly trained Aesthetician & Nurses under the supervision of our MD Joelle Osias here at Foreviva Medical Clinique.

The TCA peels require extensive preparation. All patients must precondition their skin for a minimum of 2 weeks (up to 6 months) prior to doing a chemical peel. Patients must "reprogram their DNA" with at least two weeks of tretinoin in order to achieve an even peel. In addition to the tretinoin, two weeks of a pigment reducer (hydroquinone) is required. You won't actually see any lightening of the skin, but the drug turns off brown pigment production in the skin. Without it, the pigment-producing cells can go wild after the peel, leading to splotchiness.

ForeViva Medical Clinique
825 Oak Grove, Suite D101
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: 650-262-1148
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