A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. How much skin they remove and how deep they penetrate will depend on the type of peel used, its strength and how long it is left on. There are three types of peel: superficial, medium and deep. These have varying percentages of active ingredients and different PH levels. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Sun exposure, acne, or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred.

A chemical peel can help improve:

  • Acne or acne scars
  • Age and liver spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Irregular skin pigmentation
  • Rough skin and scaly patches
  • Scars
  • Sun-damaged skin

What a chemical peel won't do

  • Treat deep facial lines
  • Tighten loose or sagging skin
  • Remove broken capillaries
  • Change pore size
  • Remove deep scars

SUPERFICIAL/LIGHT PEELS

Superficial or light peels are the gentlest type of peels available and one of the true ‘lunchtime’ aesthetic procedures. They only remove the top layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, and can give your skin and instantly brighter look as well as a smoother, more even texture. They can be used to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, mild acne scarring, age spots and dry or flaking skin. 

MEDIUM DEPTH PEELS

Medium depth peels give more dramatic results than superficial peels. Usually derived from TCA (trichloroacetic acid), they penetrate deeper in to the skin and can be used to treat sun damage, pigmentation and wrinkles. The downside of medium peels is that you will have a longer recovery and more side effects. You may also feel more discomfort during the treatment than you would with a superficial peel including burning and stinging, which can last for 30 minutes to an hour after treatment.

DEEP PEELS

Deep peels are the strongest type of chemical peel available and can achieve amazing results for sun damage, scarring and deep lines and wrinkles but be prepared to look quite scary after your treatment. They usually use carbolic acid (Phenol peels) or high strength TCA to penetrate the deeper layers, or dermal layers, of the skin. 


PEELING AGENTS

Azelaic Acid – helps promote a clear complexion and even skin tone by reducing microorganizms, exfoliating and inhibiting melanin production.

Citric Acid - is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in citrus fruits. It works by increasing the hyaluronic acid content in the dermis and epidermis, helping the skin attract and hold moisture more effectively. It will also exfoliate the skin’s impacted surface cells and is a natural brightener and softener.

Glycoic Acid - It comes in different strengths (30% – 90%) and different pH levels (levels of acidity) which will determine how deep it penetrates and how much peeling you get. It can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, improvement of skin texture, skin brightening.

Kojic Acid - helps promote an even skin tone by reducing bacterial growth and inhibiting melanin production. 

Lactic Acid - is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in milk and sugars. It is part of the skin's natural moisturizing factor (NMF) and moisturizes the skin.

L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) - is an antioxidant and MMPi that is the only bio-available form of vitamin C for the skin. It minmizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting an even skin tone.

Malic acid - comes from apples and pears and is a weaker AHA than glycolic acid. It can be used to treat acne, photo damage, rosacea, superficial pigmentation, eczema. Citric acid comes from lemons and oranges and works in the same way as tartaric and malic acids. It can be used to treat acne, photo damage, rosacea, superficial pigmentation, eczema.

Mandelic acid - derived from bitter almonds, this alpha-hydroxy acid works agains inflammation and pigment formation to even out complexion.

Resorcinol - is a flaking agent.

Retinoids (vitamin A) - are converted to retinoic acid in the skin. Vitamin A helps to promote a clear complexion and an even skin tone.

Salicylic Acid - is a calming lipophilic beta hydroxy acid that helps promote a clear complexion by reducing microorganisms and inflammation.

Tartaric acid comes from grapes and is a less irritating alternative to glycolic acid for a milder exfoliation of the skin. It can also help increase hydration. It can be used to treat acne, photo damage, rosacea, superficial pigmentation, eczema.


Brands we love and trust

Illuminize Peel™ is a very superficial chemical peel utilizes a novel approach to chemical peeling with a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids (mandelic acid 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. Read more

  • Increase skin glow and radiance
  • Tightens the skin and restores a more youthful appearance
  • Improves clarity, color and skin texture
  • Patients achieve enhancement of skin appearance with minimal downtime and discomfort
  • Appropriate for first-time chemical peel patients or patients looking for a gentle, very superficial peel
  • May be performed on Skin types I- VI
  • Little or no visible peeling

 

 

 

 

OBAGI Blue Peel RADIANCE ™ Enhance the Look and Feel of Your Skin Within Minutes. Obagi Blue Peel RADIANCE can improve your skin’s look, texture, and feel in a matter of minutes. 

  • Instant, radiant results for most skin types.
  • Improves a range of skin concerns, including photodamage, and results in an overall improvement in texture and tone.
  • May be beneficial if you have darker skin with pigmentary changes.
  • Superficial exfoliation, with little to no downtime.
  • Provides instant radiance—tighter, smoother, brighter-looking skin after just 1 use.
  • A series of 4 to 6 peels provides best overall results.

Vitalize Peel ™helps fight the effects of time, sun damage, and environmental assaults. This powerful yet non-damaging peel can take years off aging skin. Read more

  • Addresses various skin conditions, such as pigmentation abnormalities, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, and photodamage
  • Effective (achieve visible improvement after one treatment, significant results after a series of treatments)
  • Can be customized for the treatment of each specific condition
  • May be performed on Skin types I- VI
  • Little or no down time
  • Peeling solution combined with Retinoic acid creates more exfoliation than other chemical peels same depth
  • Well tolerated (minimum or no burning, peeling solution has pH 2-3, higher than most chemical peels)
  • Easy to use (does not require timing or neutralization)

 

 

 

VI Peel® - The VI Peel® contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients suitable for all skin types. This peel provides dramatic results with virtually no pain, no skin preparation and little downtime. 

  • Improve the tone, texture and clarity of the skin
  • Reduce the appearance of age spots
  • Soften lines and wrinkles for more youthful skin
  • Works well in conjunction with lasers, injectables and post procedure treatments
 

Rejuvenize Peel ™is an advanced formulation of peeling agents, with a built-in anti-irritant and penetration enhancer that provides controlled exfoliation of the uppermost damaged layers of the skin to reveal fresher and healthier skin. Provides predictable results with minimal down time. Read more

  • Effective for use on skin with sun damage, melasma, pigmentary changes and acne scarring
  • Noticeable improvement with just one peel
  • Recommended for Skin types I-VI
  • Can be used on skin types V-VI after the patient has established tolerability to Vitalize Peel, or with physician consent
  • Well tolerated with minimal “down time”
  • Easy to use (does not require timing or neutralization)
  • A novel synthetic surfactant, Isoceteth-20, creates more uniform peeling while controlling penetration of salicylic acid, and therefore reduces skin irritation associated with the stronger chemical peels without diminishing peeling effect

 

TCA Peel (Compounded) 

TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) is a medium depth peel great for people with various skin types and tones who desire a more dramatic outcome than some of our other peels may provide. The TCA peel is used in concentrations of 10 – 35%, and depending on the strength, it can reach to varying layers of skin depth. Read more

TCA Peels are great for:

  • Reducing deeper lines and wrinkles
  • Removing superficial blemishes
  • Correcting skin pigmentation problems
  • Reducing the appearance of small scars
  • Improving overall skin tone