What are chemical peels?

Snr RN Kim Murphy|Chemical peels
25 July 2022


Chemical peels involve the application of a peel solution which penetrates the skin, safely injuring the skin, which then stimulates the regrowth of new skin. This carries with it an improvement in skin appearance.

What makes chemical peels so good?

Chemical peels are quick treatments, lasting 15-30 minutes, and involve no downtime – meaning you can go straight back to your day, with only the application of sunscreen to protect your treated skin.

Conditions treated with chemical peels

Chemical peels are able to improve a wide range of conditions, including sun damage, wrinkles, scarring, pigmentation, freckles, lentigines and acne.

They are also often used in advance of a “big day” such as weddings or events, to give skin a fresher, more glowing appearance.

Important things to know about chemical peels

Chemical peels come in two forms. The first is a lighter peel, using solutions such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), Beta-hydroxy acids, Jessner’s solution, Tretinoin and Tricholoracetic acid. Most chemical peels will involve these solutions.

The second form is a medium or deep peel, which can include stronger concentrations of TCA, or the use of phenol, which will reach into deeper layers of the skin. However, these deeper peels have largely been replaced by modern ablative laser treatments, such as those offered by our C02 and Erbium:YAG lasers, as these offer more precise treatment of epidermis and dermis skin layers, with better results. Our Fraxel lasers offer even greater results and are worth learning about before choosing another treatment.

For more information…

…call our friendly reception staff and book a consultation with our dermatologist to discuss your skin ageing concerns and treatments, or to have a complete skin check.