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#4: SkinBASICs – Chemical Peel for BEGINNERS

A COMPLETE GUIDE AND KNOWLEDGE about Chemical Peels for Beginners


Hello Skincare enthusiast, am back with a new topic this week which has been recommended topic for a long time by many people. Here am gonna speak up all the myths and truths about the chemical peels.

Whilst there is a plethora of new devices on the market for improving skin tone and texture, there has been a huge resurgence in adding chemical peels to clinical protocols. A well-executed peel series will reveal a smooth, revitalised texture through regenerating new epidermal cells and resurfacing the skin. Chemical peels have evolved and medical specialists are now realising the benefits of peels over device-based modalities for the following reasons:

  1. Peels can lower social downtime with more regular shallow to medium depth peel sessions

  2. More predictable outcomes with new generation peels, improved protocols and thorough cosmeceutical pre and post-care

  3. Comparable clinical results with lower consumable costs versus machine-based modalities

It’s important to never prescribe or attempt to do a peel by yourself. Go to a professional if you’re seeking treatment. For more information on the decision to get a peel, contact to my clinic or take a consulting online by clicking the link


Skin specialists today are towards a low concentration/ higher frequency peel protocol. This stems from our greater understanding of maintaining the integrity of the epidermis to reduce complications. Salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, fruit enzyme, retinoids and modified Jessners are now considered the ideal ingredient options for peels.


A superficial peel based on the proteolytic enzyme papain, which facilitates the chemical breakdown of epidermal proteins. This peel is ideal for hydrating and restoring increased luminosity.


Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) indicated for the treatment of fine lines, dehydration, uneven skin tone and acne. It is considered less irritating than glycolic due to its higher molecular weight and is overall deemed the superior AHA option due to the versatility of peeling levels and hydration properties.

A lactic acid peel sheds the epidermis, increases ceramide production, binds water to the skin and produces hyaluronic acid. It is generally recommended to commence peeling at lower concentrations of about 20%, and gradually increase to up to 60% over the treatment period. Multiple treatments (up to 8) are needed for desired results.


Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) derived from Salicin, which is found naturally in willow tree bark. Salicylic acid contains the same anti-inflammatory ingredient as Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) which gives it an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. This peel effectively reduces excess sebum production, penetrates pores and clears oily intrafollicular debris. Both lactic and salicylic acid can be used alone or layered according to the dosage suitable for the patient. Salicylic acid is always applied first as it is lipophilic, with the hydrophilic lactic acid applied over the salicylic. Generally, more sensitive skin will tolerate 5% salicylic peels and more robust skin will tolerate up to 30%, over a series of 6 treatments.


This peel is a superficial to medium depth peel and is indicated for acne, superficial scarring, hyperpigmentation and fine lines. It combines 14% salicylic acid, 14% lactic acid, and 14% resorcinol in an ethanol base.

Resorcinol is a melanin inhibitor and also a powerful keratolyic. This means that it dissolves or breaks down keratin, the protein in the stratum corneum and within the pores. and melanin inhibitor. Kojic acid, which prevents activation of tyrosinase, can also be added to create a ‘Modified Jessner’ to address hyperpigmentation.

Preparation of your skin with proper cosmeceuticals prior to chemical peel and the post-treatment care will be on next blog post.

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