Skin Peelings

Skin Peel


A skin peel or chemical peel involves a chemical solution being applied to the skin causing the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel. The regenerated and resurfaced skin is smoother, with better texture and less lines. Chemical peels range from the least invasive to the most invasive, this relates to their strength, which will determine how deep they will peel. Skin peels are a great treatment option for wrinkles and fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, pigmentation, melasma, scars, uneven skin tone and redness.

Types of Chemical Peels

During consultation, we will advise you of the best chemical peel treatment for your specific skin concerns.

The depth of the peel depends on the nature and concentration of the chemicals used and the length of time they are left on the skin. Peels are categorised as superficial, medium and deep. Superficial peels only remove the top-most superficial layers of the skin.

Medium peels can reach upto the superficial layer of the dermis (the deeper layer of the skin).

Deep peels generally reach to the deeper layer of the dermis. The chemicals in peeling solutions used include, AHA, BHA, Tricholoroacetic Acid, and Jessener’s Solution.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Chemical Peels can be used to treat:

  • Acne scarring
  • Actinic Keratoses
  • Fine Lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Scars
  • Sun damage – resulting in fine wrinkling, skin thinning, sun spots
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles

Do it yourself peels do not produce the same results as those performed by a medically trained therapist. The chemical peels are stronger, and should only be used by trained and certified professionals.

Sun avoidance and sunscreen are always advised. The doctor/therapist will advise the appropriate aftercare.

Some peels have zero downtime, and others take up to 7 days to peel. It is advised that the patient does not have the treatment 1 week prior to any important social engagement.

Your will be advised of all the risks and side-effects pre and post treatment.

  • Post Inflammatory Pigmentation (PIH): More likely to occur in those with darker skin tones.
  • Redness: Will often occur in those patients who have a tendency towards redness.
  • Acne: Emollients used after the peel on the skin can trigger a breakout. May need to be treated with antibiotics.
  • Milia: Very small, superficial cysts may occur after the peel. These are easily treated.
  • Bacterial Infection: Uncommon, requires antibiotics.
  • Scarring or loss of pigment or textural changes: Very uncommon, mostly associated with deeper peels.
  • Allergies: Uncommon.
  • Itchiness
  • Demarcation lines: can occur where the peeled skin meets the unpeeled skin. This is usually only associated with deeper peels.
  • Facial capillaries: Especially in those who are prone to them.
  • No peels while pregnant and breastfeeding
  • With a history of cold-sores, antiviral medication may be prescribed preventatively.
  • History of Roaccutane use: No peels until 6 months after the Roaccutane has been stopped.
  • Immunocompromised (e.g. HIV) patients should avoid chemical peels.
  • Recent browlift / facelift: No peels until 6 months after surgery.
  • Patients with a history of keloid scarring should discuss with the doctor.