chemical peels

As we age, dead skin cells do not slough off as easily as when we are younger, causing the skin to appear dull. Light, medium and deep chemical peels are a popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure used to peel away the skin’s top layer to improve sun-damaged, unevenly pigmented and wrinkled skin. Improving the evenness of color and texture in your skin creates a youthful look and restores a healthy, luminous and radiant appearance.

Facial skin is most commonly treated, and the appearance of pigmentation and scarring can be improved. Also broadly referred to as ‘skin rejuvenation’ and ‘skin resurfacing’, the procedure is especially effective in treating static wrinkles, expression lines, pigmentation, blemishes like freckles or so-called sun spots, scars, vascular conditions like blood-filled blisters or a constant flush of facial redness, and loss of skin tone. BEST BODY SKIN offers a variety of peels, more commonly known as ‘fruit acid peels’, ‘glycol peels’ and ‘dermal peels’.

A chemical peel is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the appearance of your skin. The potential result of the chemical peel depends on the type of chemical and technique used.

Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck, hands and other areas of the body. Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred.

Chemical Peels are effective in the treatment of:

  • Acne or acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Irregular skin pigmentation
  • Rough skin and scaly patches
  • Certain scars
  • Sun-damaged skin

When to consider Chemical Peels:

  • If you have wrinkles or sun-damaged skin.
  • If you have skin discolorations, blotchiness or brown spots.
  • If you have scars that have made the surface of your skin uneven.
  • If you have certain precancerous skin growths.


  • No anesthesia or sedation is needed.
  • Light and medium chemical peels have minimal aftercare and recovery.
  • Deep chemical peels have long-lasting effects on treating deep wrinkles.


  • After peel, there will be sun sensitivity and pores may appear larger.
  • Deep chemical peels may have a bleaching effect.
  • Can exacerbate skin disorders, including allergic reactions or cold sores.

These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering chemical peels. Each Best Body Skin client will have peels that are tailor made for their specific skin concerns.

Are you a good candidate for a chemical peel?
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a chemical peel:

  • You have sun-damaged skin
  • You have significant facial wrinkling
  • Your skin color is uneven with blotchiness, sunspots and brown spots
  • You have scars that have made the surface of your skin uneven
  • You have certain precancerous skin growths
  • Other characteristics of your skin, such as its thickness and texture, may influence whether you are a good candidate for chemical peels.

If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.

Contra-indications for a chemical peel procedure:

  • Use of Accutane or any other similar skin sensitising medication in the last 6 months
  • Use of photo sensitising medication or creams
  • Dermatitis or broken skin on the treatment site
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Allergies to peel ingredients (most common are nut and aspirin allergies) – first consult with an aesthetician about the ingredients
  • Use of retinol and vitamin A creams within 3 days prior a peel treatment
  • Excessive sun exposure 2 weeks prior a treatment
  • Use of cortisone medication in the last 6 months

Please note: if you are predisposed to cold sores these may flare up you may need to take medication for a few days before the peel to prevent a reaction.


How is a chemical peel procedure performed?

Peels involve the application of a chemical solution to your entire face or just to certain regions, such as the crow’s feet area around your eyes or the vertical wrinkles around your mouth.

The chemical solution is either applied lightly or rubbed more vigorously onto the skin being treated using a sponge, cotton pad, swab, or brush (avoiding your brows, eyes and lips). During peel application, you may experience a slight tingling (light to medium peels) or a burning sensation (deep peels). These sensations are usually minimal for light and medium peels but are more severe for deep peels. The length of time the solution is allowed to work is determined by carefully observing the changes in the appearance of your skin. With certain types of chemical peels, the solution may be “neutralized” after an appropriate amount of time has elapsed.

The different types of chemical peels vary according to their specific ingredients and their strength. The depth of their peeling action may also be determined by factors such as how long they remain on the skin and how they are applied onto the skin.

No covering or after-peel ointment is necessary after a light or medium peel and you can expect little to no downtime. However, after a medium to deep peel, a post treatment product must be purchased to help heal, soothe and protect the skin and will need to be used for several days post procedure.

Chemical Peel – Before & After Success Stories

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*Terms and conditions apply. Results may vary from individual to individual and are not guaranteed.

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