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Chemical Peels

What are chemical peels?

Skin peels are cosmetic procedures meant for treating acne, softening fine lines and wrinkles, as well as managing skin discoloration. Most people are not aware that mild scarring and certain types of acne can be treated with chemical peels as well. Pigmentations of the skin, such as sun spots, liver spots, age spots, blotching from birth control pills (hormonal pigmentation), freckles and skin that is dull or flat coloured or textured, can be improved from chemical peeling.

Why is chemical peeling good for you?

As we age, excess layers of superficial skin accumulate leading to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as dull, lifeless skin. Long term sun exposure results in pigmentation of the skin on the face and parts of the body exposed to the sun. Chemical Peels lifts dead, dull cells off the surface of the skin and stimulates the growth of new healthy cells and collagen. The procedure stimulates a “burst of renewal” within the skin to bring healthy, young, living cells to the surface and address the signs of facial aging.

What visible results can I expect?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles become less apparent
  • Skin tone evens out
  • Texture becomes more refined
  • Oily or acne-prone skin is improved
  • Enlarged pores appear smaller
  • Blackheads are reduced
  • Superficial scars appear reduced
  • Skin appears healthier and more youthful
  • Pigmentation is reduced in all skin types (with repeated peels)

Note: results will depend on the level of pigmentation in your skin


Frequently Asked Questions

What are chemical peels used for?

Chemical peels are used for the treatment of photo-aging (from sun damage), wrinkles, scarring, acne, precancerous lesions, and discoloration (including melasma, freckles, and age spots).

Can chemical peels be performed on dark/ethnic skin?

Yes, chemical peels are suited for any skin type.

How are chemical peels performed?

There are numerous chemical peels and each one is performed differently. In general, chemical peels usually begin with vigorous cleansing of the skin, followed by application of the appropriate peel.

What is the most popular peel solution?

Glycolic Acid – probably due to the fact that all skin types benefit from Glycolic Acid - is the most commonly recognized chemical peel solution. Salicylic Acid is also very common for use in acne treatments.

What will my skin feel like after a chemical peel?

The state of your skin after a peel depends on the type of chemical used and your skin type. Superficial peels have limited effects. Medium peels may cause some redness and the deeper peels may require 10-14 days to recover.

How many peels will I need?

Generally chemical peels are done once every 2-3 weeks, until the desired results are achieved. Maintenance peels can then be performed once a month.

How long do the results last?

With good sun protection, results can last months, even years. This is dependent upon the depth of the peel. The deeper peels generally provide a long-lasting effect.

What are the risks of chemical peels?

Superficial peels are quite safe, although minor irritation of the skin can occur. The risk of deep peels can include infection, scarring, redness, and discoloration. During a very deep peel (administered under the care of a physician only), anesthesia should be used and vital signs monitored.

How long after a chemical peel before I can return to normal activities?

A. Light Peels - The light peel takes approximately three to five days to complete the shedding process. No downtime required.

B. Medium Peels - Medium peels usually persist for five to seven days. The skin may or may not flake and fall away. AHAs can produce some redness with little or no flaking, depending on the individual.

C. Deep Peels - May take several weeks to fully recover. This type of peel is usually effective in treating hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles.


Lamelle Chemical Peels


Lamelle Beta Peel Range

Lamelle Research Laboratories introduced the range of beta peel products which is a professional product range used in Lamelle’s professional protocols. The key ingredient of the beta peel range is salicylic acid which has been placed in a self-neutralising base. The beta peel range is designed to create peeling of the skin and is focused on the treatment of pigmentation irregularities which include solar pigmentation, melasma and post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation conditions. In addition to this the beta peel range is very effective in the treatment of congested skin and acne. This range may only be used by your Lamelle accredited Specialist or Aesthetic Doctor.



Neostrata Peels


Did you know that you can help skin clarity, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even hyperpigmentation?

The Neostrata Skin Rejuvenation System is a system of peels which uses free-glycolic acids and are treatments available from your aesthetic physician.  The peels are available in the following strengths: 20%, 30% 50% 70% and the appropriate strength will be chosen to suit your skins’ requirements.

The pre-procedure cleansing balances the pH of the skin, removes excess oil and debris and uses a gentle emulsion to enhance the action of glycolic acid, the ingredient used in the peel.

The peels can also help with mild to moderate acne and superficial scarring, when used together with the home care range.

Please contact your aesthetic physician to discuss the benefits which Neostrata peels can offer you.



Nimue Chemical Peels

Nimue 35% Glycolic Treatment

An active skin rejuvenation treatment.  Indicated for environmentally damaged, hyper pigmented and problematic skin  The Glycolic deep exfoliation provides controlled and predictable removal of dead skin cells, to improve the texture and appearance of the skin.

7.5% TCA Treatment


An active skin rejuvenation treatment. Indicated for environmentally damaged, hyperpigmented and problematic skin.  The Bio-active complex in combination with 7.5% TCA is applied to the skin for a superficial peeling effect, resulting in a radiant, smoother texture and lightening of pigmentation.  Specifically suited for problematic skin.

Bio-Lacto and Tetra Enzymatic Exfoliation System treatment

The advanced treatment peeling system is indicated for the hyper pigmented skin classification.  The selection of active ingredients facilitates superficial peeling.

Penta-Salaic and Tetra Enxymatic Exfoliating System Treatment

The advanced treatment peeling system is indicated for problematic (acne and acne prone conditions)  skin classification.  The selection of active ingredients facilitates superficial peeling.


Chemical peels and Ethnic skin

Read the report on the case study done by Dr Gloria Mmankurata Tshukudu & Dr ZF Annandale below.

View the PDF version here

Many patients benefit from visiting DermaCare to have a customised treatment plan worked out for them. If you are interested in Chemical Peel treatments please book an appointment and let the team of experts customise a treatment protocol tailored to you.

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