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What is a Chemical Peel?

And how do chemical peels work?

  • A chemical peel is a dermo-cosmetic procedure that provokes accelerated skin regeneration in a controlled manner.
  • This is achieved by applying chemoexfoliation agents that act on different layers of the skin.
  • Promotion of natural exfoliation.
  • The peeling action eliminates external layers of the skin.
  • This stimulates collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycan production.

Why use a Chemical Peel?

Purify and oxygenate the skin

Leaving it moisturised and free of impurities

Improve the texture of the skin

By closing open pores and increasing the thickness of the dermis

Address the effects of skin ageing

By softening the appearance of wrinkles and adding turgidity

Add luminosity

Through unification of skin tone and smoothing cutaneous imperfections

Depigmenting effect

Lighten and attenuate pigmented lesions

Acne & Scars

Reduce the incidence of acnes and improve the appearance of scars

Classification of Chemical Peels

Classified into 4 levels depending on the depth of action, which in turn correlates with the nature and intensity of action

Highly superficial




Superficial statum corneum:

  • Increases the uniformity of the skin tone for a more luminous appearance

Epidermal to basal layer:

  • Stimulates epidermal growth by removing the straum corneum. The skin flakes in a similar way to that occurring after excessive exposure to the sun

Papillary dermis:

  • Causing significant peeling by inducing superficial dermal inflammation
  • It completely removes the dermis, which then renews until fully regenerated

Reticular dermis;

  • Inflammatory reaction in this layer
  • Induces collagen and elastin fibre reconstruction
  • Marked flaking and peeling

Factors influencing the depth of exfoliation

Skin typology and condition

history, thickeness, treatment area, activity and density of sebaceous gland, integrity of epidermal barrier, etc

Chemical substance

AHA, BHA, alpha-keto acids, TCA. etc

Concentration and pH

of the chemical substance affect peel depth, intensity and effectiveness

Application technique

Quantity of product, number of layers, exposure time


  • Aqueous, alcoholic, hydroalcoholic:

Penetrate and act quickly. Action related to quantity of product and number of layers

  • Gels

Penetrate slowly. Action related to exposure time

Skin preparation

Previous treatments and pre treatment preparation

Selection of the peel

  • Doctor

Must be conversant with the indication, properties and mechanisms of action of each chemical agent

  • Patient

Individualised selections taking into account objective and skin classification

Protocol for Chemical Peel Treatments

1. Pre peeling home preparation

2. Skin preparation

3. Peel application

Use of a daily application of home treatments 1x/day commencing 15 days prior to treatment may optimise skin response to peeling:

  • Vitamin C in the morning.
  • Tyrosinase inhibitor during the day.
  • Vitamin A at night.

The skin will be;

  • Cleansed twice and then wiped off.
  • Toner applied and then a
  • Degreasing agent is applied.
  • Vaseline is applied under the eyes, around the lips and adjacent to the nostrils

The peel will be applied and spread quickly and evenly with gauze. You might notice some tingling or stinging.between 2-10 minutes depending on the area

4. Immediately post peel

  • A neutralising spray will be applied to help calm the area treated.
  • A facial wipe will then be used until you cannot feel any trace of the peel on your skin

5. Regenerate and repair

6. Finish and protect

7. Post peel home care

A post peel fiber mask will be applied to sooth and decongest the skin.

A skin repair cream will be massaged in until fully absorbed.

During the flaking process apply a skin repairĀ  product. After the flaking process consider using a peel booster.

Protect your skin several times a day with a suitable SPF 30 or 50+ product

For 48 hours after the treatment session, you should avoid direct exposure to sunlight or artificial light, heat, saunas or swimming pools

Chemical Peel Treatment Cycles

Advanced Dermapeels at Xquisite Solutions

At Xquisite Solutions, only the *superficial Hydroxyacid peels are offered

Number of recommended sessions

Maintenance sessions

Suitable mainly for Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV

4-6 sessions with a minimum interval of 2 weeks between sessions

1 session, 4-24 times a year

Peels offered at Xquisite Solutions

Mesopeel Glycolic - 20% and 30%

Mesopeel Lactic - 30% and 40%

Mesopeel Salicylic - 10% and 20%

*Mesopeel Modified Jessner

  • Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
  • Great transdermal penetration
  • Encourages cellular regeneration
  • Stimulates production of collagen
  • Promotes glycosaminoglycan synthesis
  • Best for ageing skins
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid AHA)
  • Stimulates production of collagen
  • Stimulates production of glycosaminoglycans
  • Recommended for delicate areas such as neck and neckline
  • Blocks melanogenesis
  • Best for pigmentation
  • Longer treatment cycle; 3-4 weeks between treatments
  • Beta-hydroxy acid (BHA)
  • Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects
  • Controls sebaceous secretion
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Best for acne prone, comedogenic &/or seborrhoeic skins
  • Recommended for areas such as upper limbs, back, knees and elbows
  • The strongest peel offered at Xquisite Solutons
  • Beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) and Apha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
  • Salicylic acid 14% + lactic acid 14% + citric acid 8%
  • Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects
  • Astringent and antiageing properties
  • Suitable for those who have had peels previously
  • Broad spectrum peel
  • Recommended for dark spots, irregular skin tone, ageing

Risks of Chemical Peel Treatment

Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Higher risk in skin types V-VI

Hypersensitivity to the chemical agent

Irritation of sensitive areas

Such as the peri-ocular area

Marked flaking

Above and Below the Waist

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the treatment take?

How many treatments will I need?

How long is the downtime?

The approximate treatment time is 45 minutes.

See above

24 hours or less in most cases. Always discuss before treatment.

Is this done in the office or hospital?

How effective is the treatment?

Is there a Medicare rebate for the treatment?

This is an office treatment that does not require admission to hospital.

These are highly effective treatments. Overall outcomes are affected by the skin condition prior to treatment, prior skin preparation, ancillary treatments and the type of chemical peel. Some people need more treatments than others.

There is no Medicare rebate for the treatment.

Is there any pain associated with the treatment?

Can treatment take place at any time of the menstrual cycle?

How do chemical peels work?

The treatment is painless. Sometimes a mild tingling might be noticed.

The treatment can take place at any time of the menstrual cycle.

See information above

What if I've had my eyebrows tatooed?

You will need to defer your peel for 6 weeks

You look good
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