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What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels modify the skin's appearance by applying a solution to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation, and signs of sun damage. Types of chemical peels vary based on penetration depth (superficial, medium, or deep). At Melbourne Skin & Dermatology, we perform chemical peels with trusted ingredients like glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, mandelic acid, and TCA.

What Can Chemical Peels Do?

Chemical peels can provide a number of benefits for your skin, including:

Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Improving skin texture and tone
Reducing the appearance of some types of acne scars
Minimising the appearance of sun damage
Reducing the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation
Stimulating collagen production

What Do Chemical Peels Do?

Chemical peels can provide a number of benefits for your skin, including:

Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Improving skin texture and tone

Reducing the appearance of some types of acne scars

Minimising the appearance of sun damage

Reducing the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation

Stimulating collagen production

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What Happens During a Chemical Peel Treatment?

What Happens During a Chemical Peel Treatment?

1. Initial Consultation

Start your Chemical Peel journey with an initial consultation with a qualified cosmetic practitioner to determine the suitability of chemical peels for your concerns.

2. Application of Solution

During a chemical peel treatment, the appropriate chemical peel for your concerns is applied to your skin using a brush or gauze.

3. Treatment Sensations

The peel is left on the skin for a number of minutes, causing a slight burning or stinging sensation that subsides within minutes.

4. Post-Treatment Peeling

Depending on the type of chemical peel performed, mild redness to extreme peeling/flaking of the skin can occur. This can last from a few hours to one week following the treatment, depending on the peel.

5. LED treatment

After the chemical peel, a complimentary LED light treatment is performed to reduce inflammation and promote general rejuvenation.

Are Chemical Peels Right for You?

Chemical peels may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin, eczema, or rosacea. If you recently had laser resurfacing or a deep chemical peel, waiting may be necessary before another chemical peel. Choosing the right type of peel for your skin is crucial; our cosmetic team can assist in selecting the appropriate peel based on factors like skin type and condition.

Step 1

Find a qualified and experienced cosmetic practitioner

Step 2

Book a consultation – this is required before any treatments may be performed

Step 3

Arrive at your consultation to discuss your treatment goals and plan

What Types of Chemical Peels are there?

At Melbourne Skin & Dermatology, we offer varying depths of chemical peels with trusted solutions like glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, mandelic acid, and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). We do not offer deep chemical peels.  Chemical peels can provide a number of benefits for your skin, including:

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Superficial peels

These peels penetrate the top layer of the skin (epidermis). They can be used to improve hydration, acne, texture, luminosity, pigmentation concerns and uneven skin tone.

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Medium depth chemical peels

These peels penetrate deeper into the skin and can be used to treat more severe concerns which do not respond to superficial peels such as fine lines and appearance of pores.  

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Deep chemical peels

Deep chemical peels penetrate deep into the second layer of the skin giving more drastic results. However, deep chemical peels carry significantly higher risks and side effects.

Chemical Peels for Acne Scars

Chemical peels can be an effective way to reduce the appearance of some types of acne scars. By stimulating collagen and elastin production, chemical peels can help to smooth out the skin and reduce the appearance of scarring. However, it’s important to note that chemical peels may not be effective for all types of acne scars.

Chemical Peels for Sun Damage

Chemical peels can be an effective way to reduce the appearance of sun damage. By removing the top layers of the skin, chemical peels can help to reduce the appearance of sunspots, fine lines, and other signs of sun damage. However, it’s important to remember that chemical peels are not a substitute for sun protection, and it’s important to wear sunscreen and avoid sun exposure after your treatment.

Chemical Peels for Enlarged Pores

Chemical peels can also be used to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.  The choice of chemical peel for enlarged pores largely depends on your skin type, the severity of the pore condition, and your overall skin health. The three most common peels we use to address enlarged pores are the following;

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Salicylic Acid Peels

These peels penetrate deeper into the pores and help to unclog them. Salicylic acid is oil-soluble, allowing it to effectively dissolve excess sebum and debris that contributes to enlarged pores.

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Glycolic Acid Peels

As an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Glycolic acid promotes skin cell turnover and can help minimise the appearance of enlarged pores.

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Jessner's Peel

This is a combination peel that includes Salicylic acid, Lactic acid, and Resorcinol. It is often used for treating a variety of skin conditions, including enlarged pores.

Pre-Care Recommendations for Chemical Peel

Discontinue use of products containing retinol, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acids for at least 7 days

Avoid sun exposure and wear an SPF 30+ and reapply regularly

Post-Care Recommendations for Chemical Peel

Refrain from picking at your peeling skin; use moisturizer and sunscreen for protection

Avoid sun exposure and wear an SPF 30+ and reapply regularly

Discontinue use of products containing retinol, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acids for at least 7 days following peel

Pre-Care Recommendations

Discontinue use of products containing retinol, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acids for at least 7 days

Avoid sun exposure and wear an SPF 30+ and reapply regularly

Post-Care
Recommendations

Refrain from picking at your peeling skin; use moisturizer and sunscreen for protection

Avoid sun exposure and wear an SPF 30+ and reapply regularly

Discontinue use of products containing retinol, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acids for at least 7 days following peel

Frequently asked questions

Chemical peels can be good for the skin when performed by a trained professional. However, it’s important to choose the right type of chemical peel for your skin type and concerns, and to follow the pre and post-treatment care instructions.

The best chemical peel for you will depend on your skin type and the concerns you are looking to address. The ingredients used in the peel can be tailored for specific concerns you may have.  For example, peels with glycolic acid and salicylic acid are great for acne-prone skin.

The results of a chemical peel can last anywhere from a few months to several years, depending on the type of peel you receive and your skin type.

Yes, you may see some results after just one chemical peel. However, for more significant improvements, multiple treatments may be necessary. Our team of Nurses and Dermal Therapists can develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to your specific skin type and concerns.

Chemical peels can help remove blackheads. Sometimes multiple treatments may be required and the results may not be immediate.  Your practitioner may simultaneously extract blackheads or use fine wire diathermy for immediate removal of blackheads.  A Hydrafacial is also a good option for those concerned about blackheads.

Whether or not a chemical peel is worth it depends on your individual skin type and concerns, as well as your expectations for the treatment. Chemical peels can be effective in improving skin texture and tone, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reducing the appearance of acne scars and sun damage. However, it’s important to consult with us to establish which peel may be right for your skin type and concerns, and to follow the appropriate pre and post-treatment care instructions. It’s also important to have realistic expectations for the treatment, as chemical peels may not provide the same results as more invasive treatments like laser resurfacing or anti-wrinkle treatments.

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Chemical Peel Price

An individual price will be determined at your consultation accordingly to your needs.

As a general guide, treatments usually cost $129.

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