Chemical Peel


Benefits of a Chemical Peel

  • Smooth appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Stimulates new cellular turnover

  • Helps with pigmentation and Acne

  • Improves skin texture and skin tone

Chemical peels can remove brown spots, improve skin tone, acne and diminish fine wrinkling. Our chemical peel treatments are performed by specialists in our clinics, who use solutions to improve and smooth the facial skin by removing damaged outer layers. It increases cellular turnover that results in a finer epidermis. At the same time, it nurses skin that’s dry or oily, sensitive, acne prone, and sun damaged.


We’re always on the lookout for ways to look much younger than our age. Because chemical peels are highly effective, more and more are visiting our clinic to get this treatment.

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are an effective way to improve a number of different skin conditions, targeting concerns on the face and body. Depending on your specific skin condition, a treatment can be tailored using our diverse range of chemical solutions. Chemical peels work in a variety of ways to stimulate cell renewal, refine, rejuvenate and hydrate the skin, as well as regenerate and resurface damaged skin, making the results well worth the cost.

We offer a number of treatments, ranging from superficial to medium depth. The active ingredients we use include Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – such as Glycolic, Lactic and Mandelic acid – as well as Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) like Salicylic acid, along with Retinoids (Vitamin A), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Enzymes.

Treatment is useful in combating a number of skin concerns including sun damage, wrinkles, scarring, acne, and pigmentation and to maintain a fresher more youthful complexion. It may also be combined with Microdermabrasion, Skin Needling, Photo Rejuvenation or Laser Skin Theraphy to provide accelerated, dramatic results.

Our range of chemical peels assist in addressing a number of skin concerns. We currently offer a purple peel, ageless peel, 30% glycolic peel and reveal peel, each designed specifically to treat different conditions.


What Can It Treat?

The appropriate chemical peel can provide simultaneous actions to superficially treat: 


  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth

  • Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging, and family history

  • Improve the appearance of mild scarring

  • Treat certain types of acne

  • Reduce age spots, freckles and liver spots

  • Improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in texture and color

  • Improve dry / dehydrated skin Or just as a maintenance to have your skin look glowy


What types of peels are there?

There are several suitable options available, each created for different skin problems and types. These chemical peels are divided into superficial, medium, and deep, with a related variation in cost.

Superficial peels remove the top layer of dead skin cells and usually only have a short period of minor cosmetic benefit. Stronger superficial peels performed by our clinicians usually need to be repeated on several occasions for a noticeable improvement.


Our Silk MedSpa clinics provide a number of options for chemical peels, including:


Micro Enzymatic Peel – An ultra-gentle skin exfoliator that uses enzymes and only targets dead skin cells, meaning this peel is gentle enough to use on all skin types and conditions. It promotes a smoother, brighter complexion while hydrating and softening the skin. The enzymatic micro peel is an ideal product to use after treatments including chemical peels, Photo Rejuvenation, skin needling and microdermabrasion, as it gently removes dry, rough or peeling skin without causing damage to the new skin underneath.


Reveal Peel – This powerful blend of 25% AHA and 2% BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) is an advanced skin peeling treatment that exfoliates and assists to even skin tone, restoring fresh, smooth and youthful skin. The reveal peel has minimal down time and helps to improve and smooth the texture of the skin, removing damaged outer layers and revealing the younger looking skin beneath.


Retinoic acid peels or Ageless Peel – Retinoic acid is the ingredient found in well-known skin products such as Retin-A. Retinoic acid helps to increase the turn-over rate of the skin and makes it behave more like younger skin. The ageless peel actively reduces damage caused by UVA exposure and is therefore an excellent choice for clients looking to reduce ageing caused by sun exposure. The main benefits of the peel are the restructuring and rebuilding of collagen and increased hydration, resulting in skin clarity and firmness.


Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) peels / Glycolic Peels – Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane, and lactic acid is a naturally occurring acid in the body. These peels may be performed at various concentrations, which in turn varies the strength of the peel. Their main function is to remove the top layer of skin, promoting renewal of skin cells and a healthy cell turn over which leaves your skin fresh and smooth.


Purple Peel – This medical-grade peel contains lactic, glycolic, salicylic and mandelic acid. An intensive peel, it is effective in renewing, brightening and resurfacing, which makes it the ideal treatment for severely pigmented and aged skin. The purple peel requires full skin preparation three to four weeks prior to treatment with specialised skin care products. It contains beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), with salicylic acid being the most active ingredient used. This treatment is perfect for those with oilier or acne prone skins, as it is oil-soluble and penetrates deeper into the skin. BHA peels provide the most dramatic results for ageing, pigmented and problematic skin areas. The benefits include resurfacing skin by removing damaged layers, promoting healthy new cell growth, reducing pigmentation, normalising oil production and improving the appearance of acne scars, resulting in a youthful and clear complexion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any side effects after having a Chemical Peel?

The deeper the peel, the more possible side effects are, with increased recovery time needed. Some side effects that can occur include swelling, redness and stinging. Most superficial peels are safe and effective, whereas medium and deeper peels require careful pre-peel preparation and post-peel care.


Are peels just for the face?

Not at all – parts of the body other than the face can also benefit from chemical peels,such as the chest and back for acne, or the neck and hand to help reduce sun damage.


Can any skin type be treated?

If you have a darker skin tone, you may encounter more post-peel problems than those with lighter skin tones. Deeper peels on darker skin types must be considered with caution, so it may be better to perform a series of more superficial peels rather than one deep peel. Different skin problems also respond to particular peels. Acne, for example, responds well to our Jessner’s peel, as it is both oil-soluble and penetrates deeper into oily and clogged pores, removing dirt and sebum. Wrinkles are best treated with our ageless peel containing anabolic retinoid which corrects and enhances skin function for a long-term restructured and repairing effect. Choosing the right chemical peel for your specific skin problem means you’ll get more value from the cost of your treatment.


What to Expect During a Chemical Peel.

During a chemical peel, most patients experience a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Cool compresses may be applied to help alleviate this stinging. A deeper peel may require pain medication during or after the procedure. Sometimes, sclerotherapy treatments can cause the development of brown discoloration on the skin which may take a long time to fade. Also, one can get matting, where a group of tiny red blood vessels develop around the treatment area. This can occasionally be treated with the IPL (Fotofacial) device.


What To Expect After the Chemical Peel.

Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Mild peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals until the desired clinical effect is achieved.

Medium-depth and deep peeling may result in swelling, as well as the presence of water blisters that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of seven to 14 days. Medium-depth peels may be repeated in six to twelve months, if necessary.

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  • Two weeks prior to your peel of choice you will need to start preparing your skin: 

  • For all peels – Cleanse once a day with a specialised cleanser recommend by your dermal aesthetician.

  • For Ageless Peel and Purple Peel – Cleanse once a day with a specialised cleanser. The use of specialised pre-peel products recommend by your dermal aesthetician is essential in order to prepare your skin for the treatment, reduce side effects and provide the best possible results.

  • This skin care regime will build up your skin’s strength to obtain the treatment, help the skin peel more evenly and speed up the healing process after your peel.

  • It is also essential to protect your skin from sun exposure and use an SPF30+ sunscreen every day.



  • Your peel, the skin will be tender and will need gentle care.

  • Don’t Pick. The most important thing to remember after a chemical peel is to steer clear of picking, scrubbing or peeling the skin away yourself. Removing the skin prematurely can lead to complications such as hyper-pigmentation. To gently remove dead skin the use of Skinstut’s Enzymatic Micro Peel is recommended a few days after the peel is performed.

  • Avoid scrubs, exfoliants and acne cleansers unless otherwise instructed. These products will only further irritate the skin, therefore slowing down the healing process.

  • Again it’s essential to protect your skin from sun exposure. Make sure to use an SPF30+ or greater every day.