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Having a chemical peel can be life changing. There are a range of mild to medium-depth peels to deliver professional results.

Below is everything you need to know about chemical peels from strength, recovery times, before, results, the neutralisation process and which pre - and after-care processes are required or recommended.



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What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a very popular ageing reversal treatment across the globe. It is a technique used to improve and smoothen the texture of the skin. Commonly used on Facial skin. A chemical peel is known to remove damaged skin and reveal the clear youthful skin beneath. It is also a popular choice of treatment for hyper pigmentation, acne scarring and removing fine lines. Chemical peels are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin. To accomplish this task, the chosen peel solution induces a controlled injury to the skin dissolving dead skin cells. Chemical peels are often provided by skin care beauticians or dermatologists. However some mild skin peels can be carried out from home depending on the concentration of the solution. 

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What to expect in a clinic chemical peel


How long do you leave a chemical peel on?

The time a facial peel is left on before it's neutralised depends on the peel and what kinds of results you're looking for.

Lactic Acid - 60 seconds to 3 minutes
For example a lactic acid peel at 85-percent concentration. This is a  mild peel and is a great starter peel to help get your feet wet. If you've never peeled before, we recommend leaving this solution on for 60 seconds before applying the neutraliser. This peel can be left on for up to three minutes. No actual peeling occurs with this peel.

Glycolic Acid - 3 to 10 minutes
Glycolic acid is one of the most popular acids, both at home and professionally. This peel's particles are the smallest of all the acids, which allow it to penetrate quickly and deeply to unstick the glue that holds dead skin cells together. There are a range of glycolic concentrations, starting at 20 percent at its lower concentrations, the glycolic peel is a great beginner's peel and will not result in any actual peeling. However a 50 percent+ glycolic concentration will provide more noticeable results, and peeling does occur. Glycolic peels can be left on for three to ten minutes.

TCA - Five to 15 minutes
How long you leave the TCA peel on, depends on the depth you're looking to achieve. There are various concentrations of TCA, the most popular range from 15 percent to 25 percent. All of these concentrations are professional grade and will yield dramatic results. A TCA peel will result in moderate to heavy peeling, and most people experience a significant amount of downtime (usually 7-14 days). TCA peels can be applied for up to four layers. Each layer will remain on your skin for five to 15 minutes, or until frosting occurs, before another layer is applied.


How do you neutralise a chemical peel?

As you may remember from secondary school science class, there are acids and bases. Chemical peels, of course, are acids - as the name would imply. To neutralise the acid in a chemical peel, you most often need to apply a base. Bases are those solutions with a pH that's higher than 7. This is what makes baking soda a perfect neutraliser.

Before applying a peel, you'll need to prepare a baking soda solution. The steps to neutralising a lactic acid peel, glycolic peel or combination peel are all the same:

  • Leave the acid on for the recommended amount of time.
  • Apply the baking soda solution to cover all areas of your face that have come into contact with acid.

The exception to this rule is a TCA acid. To neutralise and cool down TCA between each peel layer, we highly recommend having a small fan or anything which represents instant cool air.


Day to day post peel process



How long does a chemical peel last & how long should I wait between peels?

The initial results of a peel depend entirely on its depth, you may need to repeat a peel several times to achieve your desired results. 

Peel Frequencies:
Lactic Acid: 1-2 times per week
Glycolic Acid: every 2-4 weeks
TCA: every 2-4 months

A chemical peel can be performed at repeating intervals as part of a regular skin care regimen.



How long does a chemical peel take to heal?

Downtime for a chemical peel varies. A light chemical peel and a medium chemical peel will not have the same recovery time, and even these might provide different experiences depending on the patient.

Lactic acid peel downtime:
This is a flash peel that's designed to offer resurfacing results. Your skin will not peel from this acid.

Glycolic acid peel downtime:
Glycolic acids at the lower concentrations (20 & 30 percent) are considered light peels that result in little to no actual peeling. The stronger glycolic (40 & 50 percent) will result in some immediate redness and very light peeling 2-3 days post-peeling.

TCA peel downtime:
The 15-percent TCA solution is the mildest TCA we offer. At this concentration, it can provide light to medium-level peeling. Most people experience light to moderate peeling, and some redness and pain immediately following the peel.

At the 20 percent solution, trichloroacetic acid will result in moderate to heavy peeling with up to two weeks of downtime. The depth of the peel is controlled by the amount of time you leave it on your skin.

The 25-percent TCA peel is a deep chemical peel that requires a significant amount of downtime. After finishing your peel, your skin will be red and will remain red until the peeling process begins. You'll begin to peel within two days of application, after which time your skin will begin to look dried out, leathery and aged. This is all normal as part of the peeling process. The majority of the peeling may be completed within 3-5 days, however, it can take up to two weeks for your skin to look completely renewed.

How long a chemical peel takes to heal might vary slightly, and it's important that you allow the peeling process to happen naturally. Your skin will peel in its own time, so never pick, pull or rub on scabs to encourage them to come off faster.



Chemical peel Q and A

Will i require a patch test?

Yes a patch test is required to determine how your will react to the particular peel strength you're undergoing. This is critical to minimise possibilities of further complications.


When can I wash my face after a peel?

You can clean your face at any time after a chemical peel. Whether post-peel or as part of a regular skin care regimen, it's important to use a non active ingredient cleanser which is free of harsh soaps and detergents. 


When can I go out in the sun after a chemical peel?

Sun exposure is the most common reason for premature signs of ageing, and a chemical peel makes your skin additionally vulnerable to damaging UV rays. In order to keep your new skin looking young and prevent additional damage, sun exposure is never recommended. Although the sun provides vitamin D and that "healthy glow".
Whether you've already had a chemical peel or are thinking of having a chemical peel in the future, it's important that you protect yourself every day with sun screen and other UV-blocking products such as hats, umbrellas, and long clothing.


How long after a chemical peel can I exfoliate?

It's important that you do not use an abrasive such as exfoliating scrub after a peel, while your skin is going through the peeling process. While you are peeling, do not use washcloths, loofahs, sponges or other exfoliating products. Make exfoliating a part of your normal skin care routine, between peel treatments, to prolong the results of your chemical peel. 


How can I opt for a skin peel?

There are 2 options

This depends on your case, current skin condition and the results you'd like to achieve.


Serious and severe case 

We can refer you to a registered skin clinician for professional treatment, help and advise.

Skin rejuvenating case (mild & minor)

we can consult and advise you by your current skin condition based on our conducted research, self experience and knowledge. This option also comes with your recommended home safe 'self peel' peel kit if you decide to opt for skin rejuvenating.



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