What is it?

A chemical peel is the removal of the uppermost layer of the epidermis using various different chemical acids.  These dissolve the bonds between dead epidermal cells, allowing the outermost layer to slough off.  Some peels are mild and remove the superficial layer with almost no visible peeling or dryness afterwards.  Other peels are slightly deeper and cause flaking and sloughing off of skin for a few days to weeks.  Mid-depth peels are much deeper and result in significant flaking and peeling for up to a month after the treatment.

Chemical peels are used to treat a range of skin conditions and different acids are used according to the condition being treated, the condition of the skin, and the patient’s expectations with regard to down-time.

A chemical peel is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to reveal fresh, healthy and glowing skin.

What types of peels do we offer? 

This practice offers a variety of superficial chemical peels, including glycolic acid peels, lactic acid peels, salicylic acid peels, and retinol peels.

Your treating practitioner will choose the correct peel to treat your specific skin condition.

What conditions are they used for?

Chemical peels are used to:

  • Remove dull, dehydrated skin
  • Improve fine lines and wrinkles and texture of skin
  • Treat active acne
  • Treat monthly breakouts and resulting pigmentation

With age, cell turnover decreases and results in a build up of the outermost dead cell layer and dullness of the skin.  Fine lines and wrinkles are more pronounced.  Regular exfoliation of this layer with a mild chemical peel helps to restore a youthful, healthy glow to the skin and improves the texture and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Bacteria gets trapped under dead epidermal cells, causing breakouts and active acne.  Regular mild peels helps to remove the dead cells, removes excess sebum, and helps impede the growth of bacteria, resulting in clearer skin, a decreased incidence of breakouts, and an improvement in active acne.

What does a treatment entail?

The treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed prior to treatment.  A thin layer of the peel is applied with a gauze swab or brush.  Some peels “burn” for a short while, others are painless.  Some peels self-neutralise and others need to be neutralised with another substance. Treatment intensity can be varied according to your skin sensitivity.  Afterwards, the peel may be left on for a few hours or your face will be cleansed again and skin care products and/or sunblock applied.

Is there downtime?

We believe that mild, regular peels are more beneficial than deeper ones, and decrease the risk of any side effects.  Most of the chemical peels we offer have no downtime apart from mild flaking of the skin for a few days.

When can I expect to see results?

Results are evident within a few days.  Your skin will feel soft and smoother and will have a healthy glow which will last for 1-2 weeks.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

Regular, mild chemical peels are recommended for maximal effect.  Monthly treatments will significantly reduce hormonal breakouts and improve active acne.

Is there any specific aftercare?

Use of a mild cleanser and products which do not contain any active ingredients is recommended for the first few days after treatment.  Your treating practitioner will give you proper aftercare and skincare advice.

Treats dull, tired-looking skin

Improves rough texture

Improves fine lines and wrinkles

Helps control monthly breakouts

Treats active acne

Treats pigmentation from pimples

Safe for young and older skins

Helps restore a healthy glow



3a 5th Road,

Hyde Park

Tel:  011 788 7910

Email: info@aestheticson5th.co.za