Chemical Peels

Sun-damage and aging can rob the skin of its youth. To combat that, chemical peels can rejuvenate skin quality, even skin tone, diminish the appearance of large pores and uneven pigmentation and smooth skin texture. The MetropolitanMD staff is trained to safely and effectively administer peels that are much stronger than “salon” quality peels. Our menu of chemical peels spans from the no-downtime lunchtime peels to deeper rejuvenating peels. A single peel may provide good results, but multiple peels are often required for maximum impact.

GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL – A Superficial Peel

This light peel is composed of alpha-hydroxy acids and was a staple in Cleopatra’s skin armamentarium. While it is partially neutralized and weaker in salons it is safely used at 70% at MetropolitanMD for a safe, quick healing, and comfortable peel. Whether used for acne, brown spots, or just to refresh the skin, this peel is the gold standard for all light peels. Most patients may return to work immediately with slight or no redness.

BETA PEEL – A Superficial Peel

The beta-hydroxy peel utilizes salicylic acid, known for its ability to safely increase the turnover of the skin. In addition it rarely affects skin color so it is safe for Caucasian, Asian, and African-American skin. It is often used in patients with skin of color who have acne, dark spots, post inflammatory pigmentation, and rough surface areas. Most patients return to work immediately with slight or no redness.


The Blue Peel Radiance is a salicylic acid based solution combined with trace amounts of other hydroxyl acids and skin protectors to produce an immediate tightening of skin with the same benefits of improved texture and skin tones available from other salicylic acid peels. This peel works very well with home care systems for acne, skin repair, and skin maintenance.

TCA PEELS – Superficial to Medium Depth Peel

hloroacetic acid peels have been used for the past century to produce peels varying from superficial to medium depth. The advantages of these peels are that the concentration of the acid as well and the preparation of the skin can be varied to produce different depths of peels. With more flexibility, these peels are ideal for patients with mild to moderately sun damaged skin, discolored skin, wrinkled skin, as well as impaired skin tones and texture. Patients experience redness for up to 5 days and may peel for 2-5 days depending on the depth of the peel. Patients may choose to avoid social contact for several days.

BLUE PEEL from OBAGI – Superficial to Medium Depth Peel

This is another form of a TCA peel in which the peel solution is embedded in a paste-like mixture, In some patients this may create a more even distribution of the peel and as it can be applied in layers the depth of the peel can be controlled as well as patient discomfort.

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