Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is a non-invasive treatment that uses a solution to gently remove layers of skin. This process allows dead skin to be removed, promoting the formation of healthier, more even, and younger-looking skin.

Different chemical peels are used in clinics, commonly involving solutions such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol). After an initial assessment, we will determine the appropriate chemical peel for you based on your skin type, skin tone, and specific concerns.

Chemical peels are categorized by their strength and depth of effect on the skin, typically divided into three categories: light, medium, and deep.

Common Chemical Peels Used in Clinics:

  • Glycolic Acid: Known as a light peel, derived from sugar cane, it has a small molecular structure that allows it to penetrate the skin layers effectively, balancing active exfoliation with skin sensitivity.
  • Lactic Acid: Considered a very superficial peel, derived from sour milk, cottage cheese, and curd. Lactic acid occurs naturally in our bodies. It is the gentlest chemical peel and is safe for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.
  • Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA): A commonly used medium-depth peel in clinics. TCA is a synthetic compound derived from carbohydrates, fatty acids, and proteins, typically used in concentrations of 15% to 35%.
  • Salicylic Acid: Used for over 2,000 years to treat various skin concerns such as acne, melasma, and sunspots. It is naturally found in willow bark and wintergreen leaves but can also be synthesized in a lab.
  • Carbolic Acid (Phenol): The most aggressive and strong peel, used for severe wrinkles, sunspots, and melasma. Due to its strength, it should only be applied in clinics by experienced health practitioners and should not be used on the neck due to the delicate nature of the skin in that area.


Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed. Then, a thin layer of the chemical solution will be applied and left on for 5-10 minutes before being neutralized and removed.


A chemical peel can cause side effects including redness, scarring, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and infection.


  • After the treatment, your skin may be fragile for 3-7 days, depending on the chemical peel used.
  • Wash your face with cool water, as hot water may irritate your skin.
  • Moisturize your skin. We recommend using SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective GelⓇ and SkinCeuticals Epidermal RepairⓇ to aid in recovery.
  • Use sunscreen and protect your skin from heat for 4 weeks post-procedure.