Experience the Benefits of a Chemical Peel – What Should You Know Before Getting a Chemical Peel?

We’ve all heard of chemical peels, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Chemical peels are specialised treatments designed to improve the appearance of the skin by removing damaged outer layers and promoting a healthy glow. Chemical peels are classified by the depth of action into superficial, medium, and deep peels. Dermasurge Clinic offers a variety of peels, each one with its own unique blend of ingredients, to achieve your skincare goals. Keep reading to learn more about our chemical peels and what you should know before making an appointment!

What are the types and concentrations of acids typically found in at-home peels?

Home-use glycolic and lactic acid peels come in varying strengths, starting from 10% to 30%, offering consumers the hope of improved acne, wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation or texture. However, these at-home treatments are typically no more than a light exfoliation every week. You should never attempt professional chemical peels on your own; they can have dangerous outcomes such as skin burns, scarring and even infection if you lack expertise with high-strength acids.

What kind and degree of acids are normally used in superficial, medium-depth, and deep chemical peels administered at a clinic?

At Dermasurge Clinic, I offer TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels that vary in strength and depth. Designed to treat skin discolourations, scarring, acne, fine lines and wrinkles – a TCA peel is the perfect solution for clearer hydrated skin with an alluring glow. Our mild 10% concentration of TCA can be modified depending on how many layers it’s applied over; as higher concentrations combined with increased layers create a deeper treatment.

Additionally, I supply a 6% concentration retinol peel from ZO Skin Health’s 3 Step Peel. This exquisite blend of lactic acid, salicylic acid and trichloroacetic acid work in perfect harmony to soften the upper layers of skin while reducing oil production and improving discolouration as well as fine lines. Overall, this gentle chemical peel offers mild yet effective results without irritation or discomfort.

Despite the fact that certain clinics offer glycolic acid chemical peels up to 50%, I highly advise against it, as this type of peel is is non-uniform and unpredictable.

How long does it take to heal?

After having a chemical peel, your skin may become red, flake, peel, feel tender, or sting. This is normal and should go away as your skin heals. To help your skin heal, you should avoid picking at it, exposing it to heat, sun, saunas, jacuzzies, laser therapies and using makeup. How long it takes for your skin to heal depends on the depth of your chemical peel. The results of the treatment may take between 1 week to 3 months to show.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a great option for patients looking to improve the appearance of their skin without invasive procedures. Chemical peels can help enhance:

  • Tone and texture
  • Complexion
  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Age spots and sun damage
  • Melasma or other pigmentation disorders

Important points to keep in mind before making an appointment

Before you make an appointment, there are some important things to keep in mind. Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid using skincare products containing retinol and glycolic acid 1 week before your peel.
  • Avoid direct sunlight for 1-2 weeks after treatment.
  • Depending on the strength of the peel, downtime will range from 3 -10 days. The lighter the peel, the less downtime you’ll need.
  • On the day of your peel, bring a hat or scarf to protect your face on the way home.
  • Results may take between 1 week – 3 months to become fully evident, depending on the type of peel used and the length of downtime.
  • Side effects may include flaking, peeling, redness, tenderness and stinging.
  • Avoid picking at the skin, heat, sun saunas, jacuzzies and laser therapies after treatment.


Chemical peels are a great way to improve the appearance of your skin without invasive procedures. If you’re considering a chemical peel but have some questions or concerns, get in touch and schedule an appointment. With the right aftercare and at-home skincare, you can ensure that your results last for months to come!

Now that you’re an expert on chemical peels, it’s time to make your appointment and experience the transformation for yourself! You won’t regret it!

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