Chemical Peel


A chemical peel is a solution applied to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. The aim is to improve the appearance of the skin, for example, by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone.

There are 3 types of peels, called superficial, medium and deep. Superficial and medium peels are usually safe, as long as they’re done correctly. These type of peels are not permanent and they need to be repeated. Deeper peels are more risky. They’re longer-lasting and do not usually need to be repeated.

Different types of chemical peels

Superficial peels

  • skin cells are removed from the top layer of skin (epidermis)
  • the solution is applied to the skin and left on for a few minutes
  • your skin may feel tight for a couple of hours afterwards
  • regular treatment is needed to maintain the effects

Medium peels

  • skin cells are removed from the top and middle layers of skin
  • the solution is applied and left on for a few minutes
  • you may feel burning or stinging when it’s on your face
  • your skin may go brown or red for a few days afterwards
  • it can take up to 6 weeks for your skin to return to normal
  • treatment is needed every 6 to 12 months to maintain the effects

Deep peels

  • affect the deeper layers of skin
  • the solution is applied to the face and can be left on for 30 minutes or more
  • you’ll have some peeling, redness and discomfort for a up to 10 days
  • swelling can last up to 2 weeks, and redness can last up week.
  • often lightens the skin
  • it has long-lasting effects so does not usually need to be repeated
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A superficial peel improves skin texture and tone and lessens the appearance of fine wrinkles. The results are subtle but increase with repeated treatments. If you have a medium chemical peel, treated skin will be noticeably smoother.

After a deep chemical peel, you’ll see a dramatic improvement in the look and feel of treated areas. Results may not be permanent. Over time, age and new sun damage can lead to new lines and skin color changes.

With all peels, the new skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun. Talk with your Nurse about how long to protect your skin from the sun.

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