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Am I a Candidate for Chemical Peels?

Are you looking for a nonsurgical skin treatment to minimize fine lines and wrinkles? Do you want a brighter and smoother complexion? Then you may want to consider a chemical peel.

At Associated Skin Care Specialists, our board-certified dermatologists recommend chemical peels to treat a wide range of skin concerns, from acne to brown spots. Chemical peels come in different strengths and are safe for most people.

Here, we want to tell you about chemical peels and when we might consider you a candidate for this cosmetic dermatology treatment. 

Chemical peels 101

Chemical peels are a type of skin treatment that evenly exfoliates the top layer of your skin, improving its appearance and health. We have chemical peels in varying strengths and customize treatment plans to get the best results.

Our chemical peels include:


The Illuminize Peel® is appropriate for first time chemical peel patients or anyone looking for a gentle, superficial peel. This peel gives you the benefits of a chemical peel without the downtime and irritation typically associated with other chemical peel agents. This peel is especially beneficial prior to any special upcoming event at which you want to look your best. Your skin will look rejuvenated and glow. Illuminize Chemical Peels are most effective when done in a series of three-six treatments at four week intervals. Earn Brilliant Distinctions points with this peel!


The Vitalize Peel® is one of our most popular peel treatments for reducing acne and breakout frequency. The Vitalize Peel is composed of: lactic, salicylic, resorcinol, and retinol acids. This gentle, superficial peel is ideal for acne scarred and blemished prone skin, aging skin, melasma and hyperpigmented skin or for those who want to improve their skin quality. Results are noticeable after just one peel ; however, most effective results are seen after a series of four-six peel treatments. Peeling is visible 48-72 hours after the solution is applied and may continue for approximately three days. Earn Brilliant Distinction points with this peel!


Dermaplaning is a manual, physical exfoliation technique that safely and efficiently removes surface debris with a dermaplaning blade. The dermaplaning blade is held against taut skin at a 45-degree angle and stroked in a manner similar to shaving. The primary benefit of dermaplaning is exfoliating dead skin cells and the secondary benefit includes the removal of fine facial hair (peach fuzz.) This treatment has many benefits and is quick, safe and effective with no downtime. For optimal smooth skin results, repeat treatments are recommended every three-four weeks.

Are you a candidate?

Chemical peels at Associated Skin Care Specialists are part of our aesthetician services, and we only recommend a skin treatment following a skin consultation. We use chemical peels to treat many skin concerns, including:

We may not consider you a candidate for a chemical peel if you have a history of unusual scarring or use medication that makes your skin sensitive. 

What you can expect

What you can expect during and after your chemical peel depends on the type of peel used. We use these solutions to treat the face, neck, and hands

Gentle peels cause some redness and mild peeling but require little to no downtime. Our stronger chemical peels may cause more visible peeling that lasts several days. 

You can expect to see improvements in your skin within a week, but we recommend a series of four to six chemical peel treatments every four weeks for most of our chemical peel solutions to get the best outcomes. 

Skin peeling is part of the exfoliating process following a chemical peel. It’s important to let your skin peel away naturally. Picking at your peeling skin may lead to scarring. 

We have chemical peels and other aesthetic treatments that benefit many skin types and concerns. If you’re looking for an effective skin treatment that can brighten your look, we can help. 

We offer dermatology care at our offices in Blaine, Maple Grove, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, New Brighton, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our aestheticians provide services at our offices in Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, and Minneapolis. Call the office most convenient to you today to schedule a visit. 

We also have an office in New Brighton, Minnesota where we conduct dermatology research and do  lab work.

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