Chemical Peel

What Are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that are used to improve the skin’s appearance and feel. They are also known as derma peeling or chemexfoliation. The procedure involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, which then operates by causing injury or trauma to the layers of the skin. As a result, the skin layers end up peeling off. The new skin that is revealed afterwards is more youthful, as it doesn’t have as many fine lines and wrinkles, and it feels smoother. In some cases, it even looks brighter and has a more even tone. These peels can be done together with different cosmetic procedures for improved results.

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What Areas Can Chemical Peels Treat?

People have chemical peels applied to different skin areas. Usually, the treatments are applied to the hands, face, or neck. In these areas, they can have various results, depending on what problems your skin has. Chemical peels can improve certain acne types, fine lines, and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, as well as wrinkles caused by aging, hereditary factors, and sun damage. Even precancerous scaly spots – known as actinic keratosis – and dark patches resulting from birth control pills or pregnancy can be improved by this treatment.

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What Are the Benefits of Chemical Peels?

The most obvious benefit of chemical peels is their anti-aging effect. The peels can treat conditions such as sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and dark spots. In return, your skin will feel smoother and will look much younger, giving you a confidence boost. Chemical peels can also treat scarring, especially scarring resulting from acne. Acne itself, which is a very frustrating problem, can be treated using chemical peels. Removing the lesions and scars from the surface of the skin is a sure way to make the skin look fresh, but also make you feel better about yourself. Moreover, if someone is dealing with ingrown hairs, chemical peels can be used to reduce their occurrence.

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What Are the Side Effects of Chemical Peels?

The extent and risk of adverse effects depends on the strength of the peel. The higher the strength, the deeper the peel, and a higher risk for numbness, scarring, and infection. The most common side effects with these treatments are a temporary stinging sensation, mild irritation or redness that usually subsides quickly, and peeling and redness that last for several days after the procedure. And after any peel, you must be diligent about using sunscreen and moisturizing to protect and nourish the new layers of skin.

Chemical Peel Overview


60 minutes

Session Price




Lasting Effects

3-6 months



Side Effects

Redness, Photosensitivity


How to prepare for chemical peel treatments?

People will have to go for a consultation with their skincare specialist before the procedure to find the best treatment option and discover potential skin conditions. Before the treatment, you shouldn’t use any type of Retin-A or retinol treatment for 48 hours.

What to expect after a chemical peel

Refreshing or lunchtime peel: Healing time is 1 to 7 days. Skin will be red. After the redness disappears, scaling may develop, which lasts 3 to 7 days.
Medium peel: Healing time is 7 to 14 days. Skin will be red and swollen. Swelling worsens for 48 hours. Blisters can form and break open.
Deep Peel: Healing time is 14 to 21 days. Area will be bandaged

Can all skin types go through these procedures?

Chemical peels are usually safe, but they are not recommended for everyone. People with extra colouring in their scars, abnormal skin scarring history, as well as those who have certain skin conditions and take medications that make them sensitive are not recommended this treatment.

How long does the procedure take?

A cotton-tipped applicator will be used to apply the treatment to the skin. In general, a chemical peel will take around 60 minutes for full facial procedures.

Is there any downtime?

There will be downtime after a chemical peel, especially after a medium or deep one. For deep chemical peels, patients should recover at home for 2-3 weeks and avoid direct sunlight. There may be slight redness in the area for months, though.