Simply Aesthetic

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels refer to a group of treatments where any of the following chemicals are applied to the skin:

  • Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Phenol
  • Phytic Acid

The type of treatment solution chosen depends on the depth of peel required and the reason for the peeling.

Chemical peels work by removing the outermost layers of dead skin. As we age, the rate of dead cells falling off the skin surface slows down. This results in a dull, uneven complexion. Sun damaged cells are often also in the superficial part of the skin, hence eminently treatable with peels.

Common reasons for peeling include:

  • Sun Damage (Pigmentation, Uneven Complexion)
  • Melasma
  • Active Acne, Post-Acne Hyperpigmentation
  • Rejuvenation (Fine Lines, Lifting)
  • Lack of Radiance, Dull Complexion


Modern peels often do not require pre-peel skin conditioning. Sun protection after chemical peeling is essential, as is a good skin care regime.

The treatment solution is applied on cleansed skin. This is left on according to the treatment protocol, till the desired end-point is achieved. For most peels, this is in the region of 3-5 minutes. During this time, a warm, stinging sensation is experienced. Generally this is easily tolerable, and a cool fan will add greater comfort.

Neutralisation may be necessary to stop the chemical process.

When done for rejuvenation, modern peels often have little downtime. Flaking may be seen in the days following the peel, but this is minimized by generous moisturizing.

When used to treat pigmentation, darkening of the pigmented areas is the norm. When the surface skin falls off, so does the excess darkness.

Effective peeling regimes include: