Elements Skin Cancer Clinic

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peeling is a rejuvenating procedure that improves the texture and appearance of the skin. Essentially, a chemical solution is applied to the skin to cause peeling of its upper layers.  The peeled skin is then replaced by new skin is fresher and less blemished in its appearance. Depending on the depth of the peel it can remove freckles, brown blotches, scaly sunspots and even superficial wrinkles. Peels are best suited to those with fair skin.

Peels are classified according to their depth of penetration.

 Ultra-Superficial Peels

These peels freshen up the skin by microscopically exfoliating the skin’s uppermost layers without causing any peeling visible to the naked eye. Their main action is to make the skin look fresher, healthier and more radiant.

Superficial Peels

This type of peel removes only the very uppermost layers of the skin.  Accordingly, it will only make the skin fresher and smoother but does not remove wrinkles, freckles, sunspots or brown blotches. There is minimal or no discomfort after the treatment.  The skin peels off over the next 3 days and healing occurs by about the 4th or 5th day.  There is generally some ‘down time’ and superficial peels can be repeated every 2-3 months if necessary.

Medium Peel

A Medium Peel removes skin to a greater depth than a Superficial Peel.  It is excellent for removing most signs of sun-damage such as freckles, brown blemishes, blotchy pigmentation, sallowness, skin coarseness and even sunspots.  It can improve or totally remove very fine wrinkles, especially around the eyes.  It cannot, however, remove those wrinkles that reach deeper than the depth of the peel. After the procedure the skin may feel “tight” like mild sunburn for a day or two. Peeling commences around the 4th or 5th day and should be completed by the 7th day. 

The number of peels needed varies depending on skin type & condition treated.