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Chemical Peels


This month I have decided to talk about chemical peels at my practice and I hope that you will enjoy reading about this fantastic treatment that gives my patients’ skin the most beautiful makeover. This is a great treatment option to get your skin ready for the upcoming Christmas party.

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So what is a Chemical Peel?

Put simply, a chemical peel is the application of a chemical solution to sun-damaged, unevenly pigmented, and finely wrinkled facial areas. The procedure reduces and corrects imperfections by peeling away the skin’s top layers.

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During a chemical peel, I will select the best chemical or chemical mix for your individual needs. I will apply a solution – using a sponge, cotton pad, cotton swab or brush – to the areas to be treated (or the entire face, avoiding the eyes, brows and lips).

Do you have any question about the treatment so far?

Different Types of Chemical Peels

There are three different types of chemical peel available on the market, but not all are suitable for every skin:

  • The light, superficial, peels (AHA)
  • Medium peels (TCA)
  • Deep peels (Phenols).

Did you know about these three different kinds of peels? During your consultation I will assess you skin’s quality and your goals and will tell you which one is best adapted to your skin’s needs.

Light Chemical Peels

Generally, the most superficial peels are those using alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), such as glycolic, lactic or fruit acid. Various concentrations of an AHA can be applied weekly for a series of treatments to obtain your desired result.

Light superficial chemical peels are the most common peels and remove the top layer of skin to reveal healthy skin underneath, but they do so without much downtime. You will need a few treatments to achieve the similar result as a deeper chemical peel.

Would you prefer a light treatment that requires more visits, or a deeper chemical peel with more downtime but less visits?

Great for Preventative Ageing


Light superficial chemical peels are for early ageing or minor skin problems. Because they are quick and easy, with only minor redness you can return to work immediately after that is why they are known as a “lunch-time procedure”.

Light chemical peels are also superb additional treatments to enhance either #Botox or #DermalFillerstreatments.

What does a chemical peel feel like?

Firstly, your skin will be cleansed and then the will be peel applied for around ten to fifteen minutes. You may experience a mild tingling, stinging feeling, but no pain. I will then wash the peel off or neutralize the peel depending on the peel used.

Have you ever had a chemical peel? What did you think of the procedure?

Quick Recover / Minimal Down-Time

After the superficial chemical peel, your skin will often be pink but there should be no after-effects. It may also show faint discoloration or blotches but these should fade soon after.

Medium Chemical Peels

Medium chemical peels, trichloroacetic acids (or TCAs) are the most common performed at my Aesthetics South Africa practice. TCA’s are stronger than glycolic acid. These penetrate further into the skin to reduce:

  • Acne scars,
  • Smaller wrinkles and
  • They will help to even out skin tone.

What is your biggest skin concern?

TCA Medium Chemical Peels

TCA chemical peels are especially, but not exclusively, effective in treating darker-skinned patients, where uneven pigmentation may occur.

Skin Care Plan

TCA chemical peels may require pre-treatment with AHA or Retin-A creams to assist in the deeper penetration and a faster result but I guide you through the process.

This will all depend on elements including:

  • Budget
  • Time
  • Desired result
  • Current skin quality
  • Current skin condition

TCA chemical peels can be used to achieve some effects of a deep peel, depending on the concentration, manner of application and possibly a series of treatments.

The Process of a Medium TCA Chemical Peel

During a medium TCA chemical peel, your skin will be cleansed and the peel applied. The area turns a whitish-grey colour and a saline compress will be applied to neutralize the acid in the peel. Your face may swell while the peel is applied and you may experience a burning, stinging feeling for around an hour after the treatment.

What is a TCA chemical peel recovery like?

Recovery after a medium depth chemical peel takes around a week, your skin may itch and then start to peel. It may be a dark brown colour to begin with and when it has peeled, become sred.  This redness is your young unblemished skin and your natural colour shall return over a period of 2 weeks. #ChemicalPeels

Would you consider a medium Chemical Peel? Have you had one before? What did you think?

What Works Best

For optimum results, I suggests you repeat a medium depth chemical peel monthly until you reach the desired effect. The results will not be seen immediately but the appearance of your skin will visibly improve once the skin has healed.

Would you opt for chemical peels or facelift surgery?

Deep Chemical Peel

A deep chemical skin peel, or phenol peel, is the strongest of chemical peels, and is reserved for deep wrinkles from sun exposure or is used to treat skin wrinkling around the lips and chin area. The deep chemical peels will require significant downtime as they peel deep into the dermis.

Deep Chemical Peel Recovery

After a deep chemical peel, you can expect to feel unwell and experience moderate to severe pain for the following days. Your face will be itchy and swollen. Deep chemical peels are serious procedures and should be looked upon in the same light as surgery.

Now you can see why phenol peels are often performed in theatre.

Deep Chemical Peel Down-Time

It will be around two weeks before you probably want to be seen in public after a deep peel. But the results are dramatic and the effects can last up to ten years. Sometimes we will combine lighter peels and Botox and Fillers to achieve a similar result, so don’t worry if you are looking for young fresh skin, but are afraid of the phenol downtime.

I hope you all enjoyed these Chemical Peel facts.  Please like my page if you did and Remember to visit my website for more information on other surgical & non-surgical options.

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