Chemical Peels

We have many different options for chemical peels in our office. We can evaluate your skin to determine which is best for you.  All chemical peels offered at our office help your skin glow and reverse sun damage. It improved the quality of your skin.  Chemical peels are our specialty and Dr. Rullan is well known for his skills with chemical peels and gives lectures around the world and locally. Click here to see our "Preferred Peels for Select Skin Conditions"


  • Light Peels:  Glycolics, Tricloroacetic Acid (TCA)10-15%, Jessner's, Salicylic, ZO 3 Step, and VI Peel's
  • Medium Depth Peels:  TCA Controlled Depth Blue Peel by ZO, VI Precision (30% phenol), & Hetter (30% phenol with croton oil)
  • Deep Peel:  Dr. Rullan's Award-Winning "Phenol Chemabrasion" for Deep Wrinkles and Acne Scars



Glycolic peels are the mildest form of chemical peels, which exfoliate the surface layer of skin to expose the fresher, younger-looking skin beneath. It improves dry, thin wrinkles under the eyes and adds glow to the skin by adding fresh collagen and better hydration.


This Salicylic, Lactic and Resorcinol peel produces a drying exfoliation which then peels like a mild sunburn a few days later. It helps dry out acne, reduce acne scars and pores, and helps rejuvenate sun-damaged skin. Can be applied to the neck, chest and arms.


Salicylic peels are ideal for skin that shows signs of aging, sun damage and the effects of acne. These peels can be customized in strength to be beneficial treatments for wrinkles, pigmentation issues and blemishes on the skin. Salicylic peels are typically used to treat the face and neck, but they can safely be applied to any problem area of the body including the chest, back, hands and shoulders. The Dermatology Institute Providers do over 40 of this peel every day.

TCA 10-15% PEEL

TCA peels are could be superficial or medium-depth peels that treat fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems. At concentrations of 10-15% it is a superficial exfoliating peel and is the preferred chemical solution for darker-skinned patients and may be used on the neck and other areas of the body.Multiple treatments may be required. Treatments only last 10-15 minutes, and recovery time is fairly short.


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3-step in-office procedure is followed by at-home use of Retinol Crème and 6% Calming Crème the following day.  Treats acne, melasma, sun damage, fine lines, texture roughness, large pores, & dullness. Promotes softer, smoother skin.  Suitable for any skin type or color.


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A 26-30% TCA peel that reduces brown spots, age spots and uneven skin pigmentation. It improve the texture of leathery, sun damaged skin and imparts more glow, reduces the appearance of melasma, acne, and post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.


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The VI Peel is an advanced chemical peel that combines unique ingredients to produce significant results with no pain, no skin preparation and minimal downtime. Patients can enjoy smoother, fuller and more vibrant skin after just one 20-minute treatment session, which can be repeated regularly to prolong results. The VI Peel can be used to effectively treat the skin of the face, chest, hands and more.



- Full Face or Regional | For Acne Scars & Deep Wrinkles

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Dr. Rullan's peel consists of applying a modified phenol formula, taping it for 24 hours, removing the injured skin layer the next day, abrading the scars and wrinkles, reapplying the solution, and covering the face with a green powder which stays on for 7 days until removed by the patient. Dr. Rullan developed this unique procedure from the ExodermTM model. His technique combines meticulous abrasion of acne scars and wrinkles, surgical or chemical subcision of thickened scars, and the use of fillers to correct atrophic scars. Patients typically fly or drive to San Diego and stay at local hotels for 5-10 days. A patient can return to work around 10 days after the peel. If its regional (around the mouth or eyes) downtime is less.  An editorial of the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery called this peel the most promising new option to laser resurfacing. It can be done on most skin types without the usual "phenol" associated side-effects like loss of skin color, scarring and cardiac toxicity, because of Dr. Rullan's safer anesthesia guidelines and because this modified formula is 1/10th to 1/20th as strong as the other "phenol peel", known as "Baker-Gordon".


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