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Chemical Peels

In The San Francisco Bay Area

Chemical Peel Specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area

At PotozkinMD Skin Care and Laser Center, our board-certified dermatologists are team are skin rejuvenation experts in multiple treatments including Chemical Peels.

What are Chemical Peels?

It’s important to maintain the health of our skin, and there are many unique treatments that can help you do that based on your skin concerns. Chemical peels are one of the most effective skincare treatments but it’s important to have an experienced medical professional perform these to ensure a safe and effective treatment.

During the treatment, the safe, FDA-approved solution is applied to the desired areas of skin. Depending on the specific peel solution and application method you may see layers of your skin to exfoliate and peel off after a few days. In other cases, you won’t see any visible peeling. Either way, the chemical peel will reveal a fresh and youthful new layer of skin.

Chemical Peels are effective at correcting the following skin issues on the face, neck, and hands:

  • Dull skin
  • Melasma
  • Acne
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Brown spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Dryness

What are the different depths of a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is considered a resurfacing treatment, and there are different depths from superficial to deep. A deep chemical peel will offer more dramatic results, but it takes a lot more time to recover from and will feel like more of an invasive treatment compared to a superficial or medium-depth peel.

  • A superficial chemical peel removes the outer layer of the skin and is used to treat and improve uneven skin tone, sun spots, and acne. A light peel may be done multiple times 2-5 weeks a part to achieve the best results
  • A medium-depth chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the upper part of the middle layer of skin (dermis). It treats and improves the same conditions as a superficial chemical peel and may need to be repeated once to get desired results
  • A deep chemical peel removes skin cells even deeper and can be used to treat and improve deeper wrinkles and more severe scarring or precancerous growths. There won’t be any repeated treatments needed to get desired results

Here, we typically perform chemical peels at the superficial and medium depths. In our experience, we prefer the added precision of laser technology for people who may have considered deeper chemical peels in the past. Performing a chemical peel on a patient is an art and has to be personalized to each individual.

What are expectations with a Chemical Peel?

Following the treatment, it’s imperative that sun exposure is limited as your skin will be sensitive to UV rays. Applying sunscreen and moisturizer will be recommended post-treatment.  

A chemical peel is a treatment option that needs to be planned and well thought out. Since there is some downtime involved, it’s important to plan these when you do not have important social events for 1-2 weeks after.

Our team has extensive experience treating patients with chemical peels and will be happy to walk you through the process during your initial consultation. Rest assured, the right treatment option will be selected for your particular concerns.

Our Philosophy

“Our practice philosophy is simple — to deliver the very best care we can in the very best way we can. To us, that means we make each and every patient feel welcomed from the moment that they walk in the door until they leave the office. It means that we listen to what the patient has to say and address those concerns. It means we give advice and recommend treatments based on our extensive training with leaders in the field, our wealth of personal experience, and our commitment to excellence. For our cosmetic patients, it means working with the patient to achieve results that look natural, not overdone or exaggerated. It means that we always strive to do the right thing for the patient, as we value very highly ethics, honesty, and integrity. It means we stand behind what we do and will do everything in our power to get the best results we can for the patient. It means we carefully select the highest quality staff to represent us and help us carry out these goals. Lastly and most importantly, it means that we treat the patient the way we would want ourselves to be treated, with respect and kindness. Because at the end of the day, without all of our loyal patients, we wouldn’t have a practice.”

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"He saved my life! Literally! I've been seeing Dr. Potozkin for over 20 years and I wouldn't trust anyone else with my skin. I had melanoma 20 years ago and he took care of me and just recently I had it again. And might have more, but I'm waiting on the results. But if I do, I am confident that Dr Potozkin and his highly trained staff will take care of me. He is the best in his field. Everyone on his staff is so caring and helpful. I feel so comfortable when I'm there. So please, if you have any skin concerns, make an appointment, don't delay, your life may depend on it."

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"Dr. Potozkin is an amiable, thoughtful provider.  His expertise is evidenced by his ability to diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment or options to address the issue at hand.  His staff is always welcoming, friendly and helpful which makes for an overall great experience at each visit.  I highly recommend POTOZKIN MD Skincare Center if you are seeking an outstanding specialist and staff."

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"Dr. Potozkin and his team are the best! My skin issues/problems have drastically improved since I have been coming to this Doctor-over 5, maybe even 10 years. His staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The office is a flagship store that sells my favorite skin repair and healing products- by SkinCeuticals. I don’t live near this office, but I would never go anywhere else even if it’s closer. Absolutely worth the trip. The results are real!"

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be a SkinCeuticals Flagship location?
As a Flagship center, we carry the complete range of SkinCeuticals products and treatments. When you visit our practice, you gain access to proven skincare solutions and personalized guidance from our expert skin care specialists, ensuring that you receive the most effective and suitable treatments based on your unique needs.

What sets SkinCeuticals apart from other skincare brands?SkinCeuticals stands apart through its scientific approach, integrating research from product inception to formulation packaging. Each product undergoes rigorous medical-grade clinical testing, a testament that distinctly differentiates SkinCeuticals from other cosmeceutical brands.How do I determine which SkinCeuticals products are best for my skin type?Leverage the expertise of our skilled skincare specialists at PotozkinMD to assess your unique skin and requirements. They'll seamlessly recommend the ideal SkinCeuticals products tailored specifically for you.Are SkinCeuticals products suitable for sensitive skin?
SkinCeuticals offers advanced skincare solutions designed for sensitive skin. Our skincare specialists can evaluate your skin and recommend products that are meticulously formulated to calm, soothe, and minimize signs of sensitivity, including the appearance of skin redness.

What role do antioxidants play in SkinCeuticals products?
Antioxidants are the foundation of SkinCeuticals products. Each antioxidant serum offers sophisticated environmental protection, backed by clinical evidence that showcases its ability to enhance the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and foster a naturally balanced skin tone.

Can I combine multiple SkinCeuticals products in my skincare routine?
Absolutely. Discover your foundational regimen during your consultation with one of our skincare specialists. Our team works with you to develop a customized skincare regimen tailored to your needs and goals.

What benefits can I expect from using SkinCeuticals vitamin C products?
SkinCeuticals’ renowned vitamin C products contain powerful ingredients that have been clinically proven to neutralize free radicals, protect against oxidative stress, and offer visible anti-aging benefits.

Do SkinCeuticals products address specific skincare concerns like aging or pigmentation?
We carry the complete SkinCeuticals line, including glycolic acid formulas available in cleansers, serums, toners, or creams. With an array of products, we can tailor a plan that addresses fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, uneven skin tone and texture, and many other specific skin concerns.

Can SkinCeuticals products be used in conjunction with treatments like chemical peels or microdermabrasion?
SkinCeuticals products are specially formulated to complement cosmetic procedures, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments, and injectables, to protect your skin post-treatment and enhance your results.

Are there any precautions I should take while using SkinCeuticals products?
Consulting with one of our skincare specialists before investing in new skincare products is the best precaution you can take to ensure optimal results and compatibility with your unique skin needs.

How long does it typically take to see results from using SkinCeuticals products?
Consistent use is essential to see results from medical-grade skincare products like SkinCeuticals. Many patients see visible improvements within 4-12 weeks, depending on the specific products used and individual skin conditions.

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