Chemical Peels

Chemical destruction of acne

What are the benefits of Chemical Peels?

Acne Center of Michigan is proud to offer a variety of chemical peels for the improvement of active acne and acne scarring. Chemical peels open clogged pores, penetrate oil glands, and reduce bacterial counts, with improvement of pimples and zits. They can also improve the dark discoloration that develops after acne resolves, especially in skin of color. And finally chemical peels can improve certain types of acne scarring.

Types of Peels

See below for the recommended chemical peel based on skin condition:

Acne (active acne with blackheads, pimples, and cysts)

  • 30% Salicylic acid (safe for all skin types)
  • Jessner’s Peel (safe for lighter skin types)
  • VI Peel Precision Plus (safe for all skin types)

Dark spots from Acne

  • VI Peel Precision Plus

Acne Scarring

  • CROSS (Ice Pick and Boxcar)
  • VI Peel Precision Plus (more shallow box car scars and textural irregularity)

Active acne during pregnancy (after 12 weeks)

  • 30% Glycolic acid

Beta-Lift salicylic acid (20% or 30%)

Salicylic peels are the workhorse peel for acne.

These are mainly for patients with active acne. You do not need to stop any of your medications before the chemical peel. These are done every two weeks. Patients will need at least 3 to 6 chemical peels for optimal results. The peeling is usually invisible, and you can go back to work or school right away.

$45 per peel

New Special Pricing!!!

VI PEEL Precision Plus

A more intense, medium depth chemical peel that treats:

– Acne with hyperpigmentation

– Acne scarring

This is a more robust and intensive peel for patients who want to see actual peeling. The peeling usually starts 48 to 72 hours after the chemical peel and last for about 3 to 4 days. These are painless and require no anesthesia. Preparation of the skin in the form of retinoids, and sometimes bleaching agents are recommended for several weeks prior to the chemical peel. Also, patients must avoid direct sunlight for one week prior and one to two weeks after the peel. And they must stop using any retinoid for five days prior to the peel. An aftercare kit is provided.

$250 per peel – A normal series is three peels

(There are four other types of VI peels. However, the Precision plus is optimal for acne.)

Jessner’s Peel

A combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol 

This is a slightly more intense peel than the beta lift peel, and there will be actual peeling starting two days later. A mild burning sensation is experienced during the peel. Anesthesia is not necessary. Downtime is like the VI Peel. Retinoids must be stopped five days prior.

$125 per peel

Glycolic acid (30-50%)

These are chemical peels for patients who are at least 12 weeks pregnant, and who have active acne such as papules pimples, pustules, and clogged pores.  This is also called a “lunchtime peel” as patients can immediately go back to work, since the peeling is usually invisible. Preparation of the skin in the form of glycolic acid pads is recommended for several weeks prior to the chemical peel to ensure the patient skin can tolerate the peel. 

These are typically performed every two weeks.

$60 per peel