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Chemical peels can help improve the appearance of the skin by removing dead skin cells, stimulating new cell growth and reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of ageing, as well as improving the texture and tone of the skin.

Frequently Asked Questions
How do chemical skin peels work?

Chemical peels work by using a chemical solution to remove the outermost later of the skin (epidermis) and/or the second layer (dermis), depending on the type of peel. The chemical solution cause controlled damage to the skin, which stimulates the body’s natural healing response, and as a result, new, healthy skin cells are produced.

Are chemical skin peels safe?

When performed by a qualified and experienced skin care professional, chemical peels are generally considered safe. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks and potential side effects to be aware of such as;

  • Redness and irritation
  • Peeling and flaking
  • Sensitivity to the sun
  • Scarring (In rare cases)
  • Infection 
  • Changes in skin pigmentation (In rare cases)

It is important to discuss the potential risks and side effects with your skin care professional before undergoing a chemical peel.

Are chemical skin peels painful?

The level pain associated with a chemical peel can vary depending on the depth of the peel. Superficial peels are generally not painful, but you may experience some tingling or mild stinging during the treatment. 

Medium and deep chemical peels can be more uncomfortable, and you may experience a burning or stinging sensation during the treatment. Your skincare practitioner may using a cooling fan to help minimise discomfort. 

Alternative treatments to chemical skin peels

There are several alternative treatments to chemical peels that can also improve the appearance and health of the skin, such as:

  • Micro-dermabrasion 
  • Laser skin resurfacing 
  • Micro-needling
  • Mesotherapy
  • Chemical-free topical treatments
Am I a good candidate for chemical skin peels?

Chemical peels can be a good option for a wide range of individuals seeking to improve the appearance of their skin.

In general, good candidates for chemical peels include individuals with mild to moderate skin imperfections and fair to medium skin.

There are certain individuals who should not have a chemical peel or should exercise caution before undergoing treatment. These include;

  • Very dark skin tones - There is an increased risk for hyperpigmentation or other complications.
  • History of abnormal skin scarring or keloids.
  • Active skin infections or open wounds
  • Certain medications
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding

It is important to discuss your medical history and concerns with your skin care practitioner before undergoing treatment, so that they can determine if a chemical peel is appropriate for you.

Is there any downtime after chemical skin peels?

hemical peels can be categorised into three different levels based on their strength: superficial, medium and deep. The amount of downtime associated with a chemical peels will depend of the type of peel your receive and the depth of the peel. Generally, the deeper the peel, the longer the downtime. 


  • Superficial peels usually have little to no downtime. Some redness and peeling may be experienced but you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately after the treatment.
  • Medium peels can require anywhere for a few days to a week of downtime. Your skin will likely be red, sensitive and may begin to peel/flake. 
  • Deep peels can require several weeks of downtime. You may experience some significant peeling, crusting and discomfort during this time.


With all types of peels, it is important to follow specific aftercare instructions and avoid sun exposure to ensure proper healing. 

What results can I expect from chemical skin peels?

The result of a chemical peel will  typically start to become visible within a few days to a weeks after the treatment. The skin will noticeably appear smoother and more radiant, with a more even tone and texture. Over time, the results of a chemical peel can continue to improve as the skin’s natural healing process promotes the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

What areas can be treated by chemical skin peels?

Chemical peels can be used to treat various areas of the body, but they are most commonly used on the face. However, chemical peels can also be used on the neck, chest, back, arms and hands. 

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If you want to improve the appearance, texture and tone of your skin, VIDA Clinics are here to help. Take the first step in your skincare journey and book a consultation with us today.

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Simply book a consultation at one of our locations below and we can address any concerns you may have, to help advise you on the best course of treatment for your individual needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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