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Welcome to a more naturally beautiful you! At Dermatology Institute of Southern California, we offer medical and spa treatments that can revitalize damaged and dull skin. From deep cleansing and extractions to chemical peel exfoliations, we offer a range of aesthetic services that can correct superficial imperfections and enhance your complexion. Our highly skilled aesthetician designs custom skin care plans, based on your individual needs.
We use the most advanced skin care products on the market, bringing state-of-the-art techniques and treatments to our Santa Monica and Los Angeles area clients. Our aesthetician will guide you through the different treatment options and recommend the product that is right for you.
Education & Training
Facials and peels require expertise and at Dermatology Institute of Southern California we have it. Our certified aesthetician has been properly trained in all the medical spa treatments we offer. Knowledgeable about skin types and conditions, our aesthetician blends art and science to give you the safest, most effective treatment.
Glycolic Acid Peel
Glycolic acid is currently a popular treatment for wrinkles and acne. Part of the alpha hydroxyl family of natural ingredients, glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is a fruit acid. When applied to the skin, it helps to remove the “glue” that holds the older, more rough and dry skin on the surface. It essentially dissolves the dead skin cells revealing fresh new skin. People who have glycolic acid peels will notice a younger complexion with fewer fine lines and wrinkles and if they have acne they will notice their skin is a bit less oily and slightly more clear.
Illuminize Peel is Skin Medica’s most gentle peel. This non-invasive superficial chemical peel utilizes a novel approach to chemical peeling with a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids (mandelic and malic acid) in combination with phytic acid and commonly used peeling agents (salicylic acid and resorcinol) to maximize skin rejuvenating effects with low irritation. This is a great peel for patients who are doing a chemical peel for the first time or for someone who wants to correct their dull skin. After having done the Illuminize Peel, patients should expect no visible peeling as with this peel there is no downtime. This peel will leave you with brighter more healthy skin.
Skin Medica’s Vitalize Peel combines resorcinol, lactic, salicylic, and retinoic acid to offer dramatic improvement in texture and tone. The renewal process stimulates collagen production, improves pigmentation, acne, and melasma. The skin appears healthier and more youthful with minimal downtime. Patients should expect to see peeling after 48 hours and will generally peel for up to 3 to 4 days. For best results a series of 3 is recommended.
The VI Peel is a gentle yet powerful medical-grade chemical peel for the treatment of acne and acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, age and sun spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma and prominent pores.
The VI Peel is safe and effective on all skin types and colors and can be used on the face, neck chest, arms, back, and legs, and is the only peel safe for the under-eye area. It is also painless and requires minimal downtime. The VI Peel is a blend of Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), Tretinoic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Phenol, Vitamin C, and other minerals that work together to safely remove the damaged layers of the skin, promote cellular turnover, and refine the surface layer for a smoother, clearer, firmer skin that has a more youthful and radiant appearance.
VI Peel Precision Plus
This peel is a superior product excellent for treating melasma and stubborn hyperpigmentation. Made from the same synergistic blend as the VI Peel, this booster provides a peel that is about 25% stronger. TCA, Phenol, Salicylic Acid, Retinoic Acid, Vitamin C, Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, and Hydrocortisone work together to trigger peeling and unclog pores while boosting collagen and elastin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight the damaging effects of UV exposure. Hydroquinone inhibits pigmentation and melasma while exfoliating to create even skin tone. Kojic Acid aids in lightening discoloration and brightens the complexion. Hydrocortisone soothes and reduces redness.
PCA Skin Ultra Peel I
This peel is formulated to treat maturing skin, uneven skin tone and texture, and break-out prone complexions. TCA (10%) is most commonly used as a superficial and medium-depth peeling agent to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Lactic Acid (20%) is an alpha hydroxy acid naturally found in milk and sugars. It is part of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor and moisturizes the skin. Azelaic Acid helps promote a clear complexion and Kojic Acid helps promote an even skin tone. Moderate to aggressive exfoliation will be experienced depending on the amount of layers being applied.
PCA Peel with Hydroquinone
This enhanced Jessner’s peel is a light to medium depth peel formula. It effectively exfoliates and brightens with a blend of lactic acid, salicylic acid, citric acid, kojic acid and hydroquinone. This peel is great for someone who suffers from hyperpigmentation and has no sensitivity to hydroquinone. It will help promote an even skin tone and a clear complexion.
Microdermabrasion is another non-invasive alternative to revealing healthy young skin beneath. The procedure uses crushed diamond tips to polish away the outermost layer of dead skin cells. Your aesthetician will then apply a hydrating mask which contains growth factors that will help with firmness and elasticity in your skin. Our medical grade skin care products work more effectively as there is 50% more product absorption post-microdermabrasion.
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Give your skin a radiant glow with this replenishing, deeply penetrating facial. The HydraFacial can address a range of skin care needs and is suitable for all skin types. Whether your concern is enlarged pores or lackluster tone, the Hydrafacial will leave your skin looking its best.
Revitalizing Anti-Aging Facial
This super-charged facial renews depleted skin and improves its overall tone and texture. Specially designed to repair and protect aging skin, this multi-step facial removes damaged surface layers and supports the regenerative process–revealing healthier, tighter skin.
Clarifying Acne Facial
Want to get your flare-ups under control? Our relaxing custom clarifying facial is excellent for acne-prone skin. The treatment includes cleansing, glycolic exfoliation, extractions, a purifying masque. Soothing and nourishing, this facial removes impurities and restores balance, helping to reduce active inflammation and prevent future breakouts.
Deep Cleansing Back Treatment
Often neglected, our the skin on our backs can become blemished and uneven. Treat yourself to a cleansing and purifying back treatment that reduces imperfections and moisturizes rough patches. A gentle exfoliation and masque clears away dead cells, promoting healthy cell turnover.