What is a chemical peel?


A chemical peel is a treatment used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands.

An acid solution is used/applied to the skin which causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off.

The “new skin” is smoother & brighter in appearance and improves the look of wrinkles blemishes and uneven skin pigmentation.

Doctors/therapists would apply either:

  • Alphahydroxy Acids (AHAS) – acids which are derived from citrus fruits (citric acid), sugar cane (glycolic acid), sour milk (lactic acid), apples (malic acid) or from grape wine (tartric acid) – superficial peel.
  • Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) – Acid that is a relative of vinegar acetic acid – medium depth peel.

Doctors/therapists will assess your skin to determine which peel is best suited to your skin/problem areas.

Benefits & advantages of doing a chemical peel

  • Chemical peels decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improves the appearance of uneven skin tone and dullness by exfoliating surface cells.
  • Decreases the frequency of acne breakouts and fades the appearance of post-acne discolouration.
  • No anesthetic is needed and patients only feel a slight tingling/hot sensation during the procedure.
  • Depending on the peel that was done, there is no down time required.
  • Peels can be done every 2 – 4 weeks.
  • Results can be seen from the second treatment, provided that the patient follows the skin regime/home-care given to them by the doctors/therapists.
  • Make-up can be applied after a peel.

What to expect when doing a chemical peel

  • During a peel you will feel a slight stinging/tingling/hot sensation.
  • You might hear a fizzing like noise when the peel is being neutralised.
  • You may have some reddening post peel.
  • You may feel your face is slightly dry and mildly irritated after the peel.
  • You may experience some peeling/flaking of the old skin after the peel.
  • Your skin will be sensitive after a peel, so try avoid the sun.
  • Follow doctors.therpaists recommendations and safety precautions after the peel.

Peels available at Crosby Medical

  • Skinceuticals (pigment balancing)
  • Dermaceuticals (TCA)
  • Neostrata (Glycolic peel)
  • Lamelle
  • Filorga


Bookings/appointments are essential

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