Chemical Peel

Chicago & Oak Brook

Desired Anti Wrinkle

A next-generation facial therapy for natural, long-lasting results

Chemical peels are anti aging skin treatments where chemical agents are applied to the skin for the purpose of exfoliating and dissolving layers of skin in order to create a brighter skin tone with a smoother texture.

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Give your skin a healthy, youthful glow

Our knowledgeable estheticians will do a thorough consultation with you to determine which peel is best based on your skin condition, and how much (if any) downtime you’re comfortable with. Below you can read about the different medium-depth peels we carry from VI Peel.

  • VI Peel Original: Good for–First signs of aging, uneven texture of skin, enlarged pores, sensitive skin, mild rosacea
  • VI Peel Purify: Good for–current/active acne, skin prone to breakouts, excessively oily skin, congestion 
  • VI Peel Advanced: Good for–Mature skin, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity
  • VI Peel Precision Plus: Good for–Sun damage, age spots, melasma, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) *THIS PEEL WON THE 2022 COSMOPOLITAN HOLY GRAIL BEAUTY AWARD
  • VI Peel Purify with Precision Plus: Good for–current/active acne, acne with hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, excessively oily skin



Superficial peels will tingle or “burn” when applied to the skin as they’re dissolving the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis. Within a few minutes, the superficial peels will either self-neutralize (the tingle/burn feeling will subside) or a solution will be applied to neutralize the chemical agents in the peel. With superficial peels, there is no downtime and there is basically instant gratification of a smoother texture, and a brighter glow. These peels have no downtime, but multiple treatments (usually 6+) will be necessary if using them for corrective purposes.

Medium-depth peels will exfoliate the entire outermost layer of skin (the epidermis) as well as the top portion of the middle layer, the dermis. This deep penetration of the chemical agents will cause the skin to start peeling-similarly to the way you’d peel with a bad sunburn. The idea behind doing a peel of this caliber is that with every layer of skin that peels off, its uncovers fresher, less damaged skin underneath. These peels do have some downtime (5-7 days typically) but the benefit to them is that you will achieve with one peel what you may achieve from 3-4 superficial peels.

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Our goal is always to ensure that my patients look like their absolute best selves and feel amazing and rejuvenated. Which is why we focus on improving skin texture & tone; stimulating collagen production, and improving elasticity to tighten the skin. It’s all about choosing the right modalities through a combination of treatments.


The Desiréd experience starts by scheduling a consultation for a personalized facial assessment. Together, we define a treatment plan using a combination of techniques that align with your aesthetic goals.

Pricing for Chemical Peels start at $175. The exact cost will depend on your specific treatment plan.

Our offices are conveniently located in Oak Brook and Chicago.

Please contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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Frequently Asked


With our superficial peels , there is no down time. These are often referred to as lunchtime peels. Our VI Peels will yield some down time, but the downtime does not start until 48-72 hours after the peel is administered. Once the downtime (i.e. peeling) starts, it lasts for 5 days. On day 6, your skin will be mildly pink (because it's freshly peeled) and on day 7 you’re GLOWING.

With our superficial peels, we recommend waiting until the next day to apply makeup. For the VI peels, when you leave our office you’ll have the peel on your skin for another 4 hours. During that time, makeup needs to be avoided. But let's say you receive your peel at 10am, you’d then wash it off at 2pm, and at that time, you can wear makeup. Once the peeling starts, while you technically CAN wear makeup, I do not recommend doing so. Reason being, when you apply makeup to peeling skin, your makeup will stick to your peeling skin, and it will just make your peeling more noticeable.

With chemical peels, you will see results after one session. Your skin will be smoother and softer in texture, your pores will be deeply cleaned, and you’ll have a healthier glow/complexion. However, if you have a specific condition you’re looking to correct such as acne, melasma, hyperpigmentation/sun damage, or fine lines/wrinkles, you will need to do a series of peels. Depending on what your condition is-and what type of peel you decide to go with-you may need to do peels biweekly, or monthly, and may need somewhere between 3-12 peels in succession. Once you get your skin where you want it to be, you will want to do maintenance peels. Superficial peels can be done monthly for maintenance, and medium depth peels can be done quarterly for maintenance.

With our superficial peels, you will need to avoid exercise the day of your peel. With the VI Peels, you’ll want to avoid exercise, hot tubs, hot showers, hot water or anything that may build additional heat into your skin for 72-96 hours post peel.

This is one of the really nice parts about the VI Peels. When you leave our office, we will send you home with a VI post peel kit. This kit includes all of the products you will use on your skin for the next 7 days. In those 7 days, you’ll discontinue any other products you normally use. This post peel kit will also have step by step instructions for what to do-starting with 4 hours post peel, and will continue every AM and every PM for 7 days post treatment. We will also thoroughly go over these instructions with you before you leave the office.

This is one of the most common questions I’m asked regarding peels. The answer is no, absolutely not. In that episode, she received a type of peel that is rarely done anymore, a DEEP peel. Deep peels are generally administered under anesthesia, and have about a month of downtime, and the recovery is painful. With the peels we do, you will never have recovery last longer than a week, and there's actually no discomfort involved. You may find the peeling of your skin to be annoying, but it should not hurt-given you abide by the post peel instructions.