Chemical Peels

Dull skin, acne scars, skin discoloration, and other skin blemishes are skin issues that most people experience at some point in their lives. All of these impurities can often be a source of self-conscious feelings and embarrassment. At Northwest Aesthetics, we can bring life back to your skin with a chemical peel. A chemical peel rejuvenates your skin’s health and appearance, creating a luminous and vibrant glow that you can be proud to show off!


Men and women who experience dull skin with blemishes and other impurities are excellent candidates for a chemical peel treatment. There is a chemical peel for most skin types and tones, so scheduling a consultation with us will help to determine which peel would be best for you and your skin needs and goals.

How Chemical Peels Works

Chemical peels use a chemical solution that is applied to the face (though it can work on the neck and hands as well) to gently remove the outer layers of the skin and any other blemishes (pigmentation or fine lines) that exist on those layers. Peels typically take 15 to 20 minutes per area to complete. The skin is prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for three to five minutes. Most patients feel warmth and mild stinging, which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Treatments may vary depending on the type of chemical peel chosen; though some peels are designed to self-neutralize and may remain on your skin for two to four hours.

At Northwest Aesthetics, we offer two brands of chemical peels, SkinMedica® and VI Peels, that offer amazing, rejuvenating results. Your skin care specialist will examine your skin to determine the peel that suits your skin the best.

SkinMedica® Illuminize Peel

The SkinMedica® Illuminize Peel is a non-invasive very superficial chemical peel that utilizes a novel approach to chemical peeling with a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids in combination with phytic acid to maximize skin rejuvenating effects with low irritation. This peel is a great option for someone looking to reinstate their skin's natural glow and to also improve skin laxity and irregular discoloration, with little to no visible peeling.

SkinMedica® Illuminize Peel Benefits:
  • Increase skin glow and radiance
  • Tightens the skin and reinstates a more young-looking appearance
  • Increases clarity, color, and skin consistency
  • Suitable for first-time chemical peel clients looking for a mild, very superficial peel

SkinMedica® Vitalize Peel

The SkinMedica® Vitalize Peel is the most popular SkinMedica® peel that is appropriate for all Fitzpatrick Skin Types. It contains a proprietary blend of ingredients to help rejuvenate the skin. The Vitalize Peel combines resorcinol, lactic, salicylic, and retinoic acid to offer dramatic improvement in texture and tone and helps to stimulate collagen production. The skin appears healthier and more youthful with minimal downtime. For best results, a series is recommended.

SkinMedica® Vitalize Peel Benefits:
  • Improvement of acneic skin
  • Improvement of pigmentation irregularities and melasma
  • Treats Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Treats Melasma pigmentation
  • Improvement of hyperpigmentation and sun spots

SkinMedica® Rejuvenize Peel

The SkinMedica® Rejuvenize Peel is an advanced formulation of peeling agents with a built-in anti-irritant and penetration enhancer that provides controlled exfoliation of the uppermost damaged layers of the skin to reveal fresher and healthier skin. The Rejuvenize Peel is appropriate for all Fitzpatrick Skin Types.

SkinMedica® Rejuvenize Peel Benefits:
  • Smooths fine lines
  • Improvement of visible discoloration and melasma
  • Improves rough texture
  • Improvement of hyperpigmentation and sun spots
  • Improvement of acneic skin
  • Improvement of scarring visibility

VI Peel

The VI Peel contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients suitable for all skin types. This peel improves the tone, texture, and clarity of the skin. It reduces or eliminates age spots, treats hyperpigmentation (including melasma), and softens lines and wrinkles. The VI Peel is an excellent choice to address acne and reduce or eliminate acne scars, while stimulating the production of collagen, for healthier, firmer, more youthful skin.

The key ingredients found in VI Peels include:

  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA): TCA provides excellent exfoliation properties while stimulating collagen production to repair the skin.
  • Retinoic acid: Vitamin A promotes collagen and elastin production, helps to increase water levels within the epidermis, normalizes cell turnover, and is a melanogenesis inhibitor.
  • Salicylic acid: An effective anti-acne ingredient working as a keratolytic, clearing out dead cells blocking the hair follicle that cause impactions.
  • Phenol: Has the ability to trap free radicals and works as a chemical cauterant to exfoliate the skin.
  • L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C): An anti-oxidant, photo protectant, stimulates collagen production, brightens the skin, and suppresses melanogenesis.

At Northwest Aesthetics, we offer three different VI Peels that address specific skin concerns to reveal a brighter complexion.

VI Peel Precision

VI Peel Precision is made from the same synergistic blend of ingredients as the VI Peel, but at a higher concentration for a treatment that is 25% stronger. This peel is for more advanced aging skin. 

VI Peel Precision Plus 

VI Peel Precision Plus is one of the latest breakthroughs for age-defying, radiant skin. The Precision Plus is a powerful booster and pad system developed specifically to treat stubborn melasma and pigmentation. This booster is added to the VI Peel.


VI Purify Peel & VI Purify Precision Plus are the most effective acne treatment peels available today. It contains our original peel formula plus the power of benzoyl peroxide for superior, consistent results. VI Peel Acne is a targeted solution to purify blemish-prone skin and reduce the PIH that acne leaves behind. This peel also helps with acne scarring.


Chemical peel recovery typically lasts about 14 days. Immediately after your peel, you will notice some discomfort and irritation as well as redness and swelling in the treated areas. Over time, the skin begins to exfoliate itself. Patients will experience peeling and flaking of the dead, impure skin as the body is naturally healing itself and reveals new, healthy, regenerated skin. These side effects should dissipate within one or two weeks, though redness in the skin may last longer. It is important that you do not pick at any of the flaking or peeling skin as this could hinder your final results. Chemical peels provide a much-needed healthy glow to both men and women who undergo this treatment for complete skin rejuvenation.


After about five days of your recovery, most of the old, dead skin will be gone, and your healthy, fresh skin will be coming through. At this point, it is very important that you wear sunscreen and protect your skin with a thorough skin care routine, a healthy diet, and good hydration so that you can enjoy your smooth and beautiful appearance.

 Chemical Peel treatments are available at Northwest Aesthetics Bellevue and Kent, WA locations

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