The word chemical sounds so toxic and harsh. If you haven’t experienced a chemical peel before then your probably thinking of the Sex in the city episode where Samantha was left with a red, hot and raw skin after her peel. However, these peels are simply a deep exfoliating skin treatment which can be performed to penetrate at different levels for different skin types.

Chemical peel treatments should be performed by a highly qualified skin therapist. They are a safe and effective treatment which gives great results. One of my personal favourite skin treatments!!

An in depth consultation is given to decide whether you are a suitable candidate to receiving a chemical peel. There are many factors that will be taken into consideration including history, medications, lifestyle, healing capabilities and skin type.

Everybody’s skin is different and will respond in a different way!

Chemical peels can help improve many skin conditions

  • Skin texture
  • Increase hydration
  • Rosacea
  • Fine lines
  • Sun damage
  • Acne
  • Scarring

And so much more!

What to expect during your Peel!

Tingling – tingling sensations are felt initally but generally settle. This will vary from person to person

Temperature changes -some peels can feel warm or cold directly after they are applied.

Questions from the therapist – throughout the treatment your therapist will be monitoring you making sure you are comfortable.

Don’t expect a fluffy massage or mystical waterfall music while you are having your peel these are specific skin treatments targeting skin concerns

After your peel!

You may experience some erythema – this is redness that can last up to 24 hrs

It is normal for your skin may feel taught, dry and possibly flake in the days coming

Avoiding sun exposure this is very important, always use at least a SPF 30+ Broad spectrum sunscreen

No waxing on the area for the next 5 days

Avoid make-up and exercise 48-72 hours

I hope you found this information useful, please comment if you have any questions about chemical peels?


15 thoughts on “How to survive your first chemical peel!

    1. Hi Emma, there are a few factors involved as to how often you would have chemical peels. Generally we would base it around what your concern is, your skin strength, how your skin responds and how your skin heals. A superficial peel can be done weekly if needed whereas a medium depth peel might only be done twice year.
      Thanks Sonia


  1. Hi Sonia,
    I’ve noticed since l’ve hit 40, that my skin can have a breakout just like when lm was hitting puberty( this is not supposed to happen when you get old..haha) I understand that it’s probably hormonal, but would a chemical peel assist in the breakouts and help create healthy skin?
    Many Thanks

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    1. Hi Paula, yes, chemical peels will help control hormonal breakouts and give you a smoother skin texture. Before you have a chemical peel your skin needs to be prepped for at least 2-4 weeks with topical products that include ingredients like Retinol, Alpha Hydoxy Acids or Salicylic acid. A dermal clinician can help choose a suitable product for your skin. This will pre-treatment will help reduce the thickness of any dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin, allowing better penetration of the peel and help prevent any risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. A test patch would also be done to ensure there is no reactions to the product.
      Thanks Sonia


  2. Hi Sonia,
    Great blog! I’ve been getting chemical peels for about 12 months now, love them! But I hate the flaky/peeling skin that occurs 1-2 days later (so embarrassing!) any tips to prevent that? I usually just go overboard with mouisturiser but that doesn’t do much Thanks Eb

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    1. Hi Ebonie, it is normal to experience some flaking/peeling of the skin after a peel. My suggestion would be to make sure your using skin care that contain ingredients such as AHA’s and Vitamin A as this will help prepare your skin for the peel and hopefully lessen the amount of skin flaking. Moisturising is really important as well, you could try a balm type moisturiser for night time as this is a little more comforting on the skin and if there is still some flakiness after day 5 you could do a very light exfoliant. Hope that helps.


    1. Hi Cara, chemical peels can help improve the texture of shallow scarring. Alpha hydroxy acids are great in removing your surface dead skin cell by breaking down the keratin that hold your dead skin cells together. This will give your skin a smoother texture as well as working into lower layers of the skin improving cell structures as they move up to the surface of the skin. Other factors that would need to be considered are how long the scars have been there? and are they white or still pinky/red in colour? I would recommend seeing a dermal clinician who can do a skin analysis and recommend appropriate treatments for your skin as there are other treatments that are more successful in treating deeper scarring.
      If you would like any more information, just reply with your email address and I would be happy to help you out.
      Thanks, Sonia


    1. Hi Stephen, my recommendation would be to see a dermal clinician for a proper skin analysis. They will be able to look at your skin under a woods lamp to determine why this is happening and recommend a treatment for it. Most commonly incorrect skin care is a contributing factor.
      Thanks Sonia


  3. Hi Sonia, Interesting reading! Great blog! A common procedure I see on social media quite often at the moment is a “Dermasweep”. Can you explain what this is? Thanks

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    1. Hi Cathy,
      Dermasweep and Microdermabrasion are very similar treatments and provide similar results. There are two forms of microdermabrasion, one with the use of crystals and the other with a diamond tip. Dermasweep uses bristles. One is not better then the other just different ways removing the dead skin. Clinicians may have there own personal preference in which one they prefer to use.
      These treatment are one of favourites, and are a great way of keeping your skin looking fresh and radiant.
      Thanks Sonia


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