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Chemical Peels: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Chemical peels can lift and flake away the top layers of your skin, removing everything from active acne and associated scars to age spots, wrinkles, and sun damage. Acids used in a chemical peel can range from mild to strong depending on the nature of your skin complaints, their duration, and how deep they are in your skin's layers they originate from.

If you've never had a chemical peel before and are unsure of what to expect, we've put together this guide to walk you through the procedure and prepare you for the days and weeks that follow.

After your chemical peel

A thorough skin washing is the first step in all chemical peels that we perform here in our office. A light or medium peel can begin immediately, but a thorough peel may necessitate the administration of a small sedative to ensure your comfort.

The chemical solution is applied to your skin using a brush or cotton applicator by one of our skilled aestheticians. You may notice that your skin begins to turn white or gray as it sits on the surface.

As the acids permeate the skin, most people experience some mild stinging, and the stronger the chemicals, the more intense the sensation. If you receive a medium peel, we will provide you with a portable fan to help cool your skin and alleviate any moderate discomfort you may experience.

We neutralize the acid and remove it from your skin when the treatment is finished in 20-90 minutes (again, depending on your goals, the solution, and your skin).

A chemical peel's post-treatment days and weeks

Your face will be red, sensitive, and puffy for a few days after your chemical peel. You should avoid scratching, rubbing, or picking at your skin following a chemical peel, regardless of the type of peel you underwent.

There is a deterioration before there is a restoration

You may experience any or all of the following effects in the first few days:

  • Dryness

  • Flakiness

  • Discoloration

  • Breakouts

Peeling is a hallmark of this highly successful skin treatment, so be prepared for some flaking to occur. The wrinkles, age spots, and sun damage that are embedded in your skin's outer layers are shed along with the dead skin cells. In most cases, the peel takes place three to four days after your procedure. It's better to let the peeling happen on its own, without attempting to pull it off.

A light peel usually takes approximately a week to heal entirely, but medium and severe peels might take up to two weeks to cure completely. While your skin is healing, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep it safe and avoid applying makeup until we give the all-clear.

Will the changes I make to my skin be noticeable?

Each person's experience with a chemical peel is unique, as the outcomes rely on a variety of factors, including age, skin condition, the degree of discolouration, and the solution employed. Most of our patients are pleased with their outcomes and decide to return for a few more sessions to further their progress.


Chemical peels are used to improve the appearance or feel of the skin. Looking for a way to make your skin look better? Make an appointment right now! To get in touch with me, Sumiko Lui, please email me at or book your appointments here.

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