Chemical Peels – What To Expect

Do you remember the sun-drenched days of your youth when peeling skin was considered a dreadful thing and a reflection of too much UV exposure?  Well, today the word peeling has a very different connotation in skin care and represents the controlled therapeutic shedding of the outermost layers of skin.

Which Depth is Right for You?

In this medical grade skin care procedure, the first choice the health care team must make is the depth of the peel. In a light (superficial) chemical peel, only the top layer of skin, called the epidermis, is removed. In a medium chemical peel, the shedding extends to superficial portions of the dermis (the middle layer of skin). A deep chemical peel continues the shedding of skin even further – as far as the mid to lower sections of the dermis.  The depth of the peel is dependent on the strength of the solution used with deeper peels generally resulting from changes in the composition, concentration and pH (acidity) of the solution in addition to the contact time of the application. Furthermore, the depth of the skin chemical peel determines the extent of “remodelling” done by the body because the body regenerates new tissue based on the amount of “damage” done by the peel. We are essentially creating an injury with the knowledge that the body’s repair system will make it better than new. The skin’s repair system relies on a type of cell called a fibroblast which will respond to the controlled trauma to the skin by making more collagen (the predominant structural skin protein) and elastin (the elastic component).

Preparation and Healing

One to two weeks of preparation is needed to prepare your skin for the therapeutic skin chemical peel procedure. Also, your body will take time to complete the process of shedding old skin and generating new – often 10-14 days, so it is important to know that more commitment is necessary to obtain the best possible results.  During that 10-14 day healing process, your skin will initially look red and feel tight and dry (first 48 hours), then exfoliate (3 days to 2 weeks). Regular application of a bland moisturiser will make this process less noticeable and enable you to return to your normal activities as quickly as possible.

Discussing your medical history with your cosmetic health care team will help us to create the best possible conditions for a complication-free procedure. We can also combine a skin chemical peel with other resurfacing and rejuvenation methods to create individualised treatment plans. Best results are achieved with six treatments at four-to-six-week intervals.


This 30-minute treatment is designed to address some of the following conditions – Melasma (hormone-induced pigmentation), fine lines, acne, superficial scars, UV (sun) damage, and other types of undesirable pigmentation. It will result in rejuvenated skin with an improved texture and appearance.

Why Cosmetic Injectables Darwin?

Now that you know more about a skin chemical peel, you may wonder why you should select our cosmetic clinic in Darwin to provide this new age skin treatment.  The easy answer is twofold. Firstly, we have 23 years combined medical experience and will truly focus on safely improving the overall health of your skin instead of just focusing on external appearance. Secondly, our medical skin care team is passionate about helping their customers learn about best skin care practices and will take time with you during your initial consultation to make sure we understand your desires and expectations.