Chemical Peel

A facial peel refers to the application of one or more chemicals to the face which ‘burn’ off damaged cells. 

They may be used to treat damage caused by exposure to the sun, to remove pigmentation such and fine lines and wrinkles.

A peel removes several layers of sun damaged skin cells, leaving fresh skin which has a more even
surface and colour. It may stimulate new collagen to be formed improving skin texture. Peels may result
in superficial, moderate depth or deep skin injury.

Uses of chemical peels:

Acne like blackheads and whiteheads and the mild superficial acne scars.
Pigmentation of the skin like sun spots, age spots, freckles and melasma. Minimise fine wrinkles especially around the eyes. It does not treat severe wrinkles.
There are 3 main types of chemical peels including Glycolic acid (alpha hydroxyacids), Trichloracetic acid (TCA) and Jessner peels (containing salicylic acid and lactic acid).

Before the peel

Pre-treatment creams are applied to the face at night for several weeks prior to the peel. By exfoliating the skin and reducing pigmentation themselves, they improve the results seen from chemical peeling.


The peel

Superficial chemical peels are a minor procedure and no special arrangements are needed. First the face is thoroughly washed to remove surface oil. The peeling agent is then applied for several minutes. It stings – how badly and for how long depends on the chemical, its concentration, whether you’ve had pre-treatment with aspirin, and individual factors. A fan can help. The peel is then neutralised, and the burning sensation lessens. Antibiotics and painkillers may be required after deeper peels.


Superficial peels result in mild facial redness and occasional swelling which usually resolve within 48 hours. The peeling is similar to sunburn. Most people can continue their normal activities. Make-up
can be applied a few hours after the procedure.
Looking after the skin after the peel:

  • Keep treated areas cool (use a water spray).
  • Do not pick! Picking delays healing and causes scarring
  • Moisturise – use light preparations after a superficial peel, thicker moisturisers after a deeper peel
  • Protect from the sun – especially for the first 6 months

Dr Lynn Chiam…

Dr Lynn Chiam graduated from the National University of Singapore and subsequently received her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (Internal Medicine) United Kingdom. She completed her specialist training in dermatology...

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