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Chemical Peels

The aim is to improve the appearance of the skin – for example, by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone.

About Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure where a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove its outer layers. This process stimulates the growth of new, smoother skin with improved texture, tone, and appearance.

Types of Chemical Peels:

There are three main types of chemical peels, categorized based on their depth of penetration:

  1. Superficial Peels: These peels use mild acids, like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), to exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis). They address mild skin concerns like fine lines, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness. Superficial peels generally require minimal downtime and can be repeated every 2-5 weeks.

  2. Medium Peels: These peels use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to penetrate deeper into the skin, reaching the upper part of the middle layer (dermis). They can improve moderate wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. Medium peels typically require a few days of downtime.

  3. Deep Peels: These peels use phenol, a stronger acid, to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin. They are suitable for severe wrinkles, sun damage, and precancerous growths. Deep peels require the longest recovery time, often involving significant swelling and peeling, and are usually performed under sedation.

Benefits of Chemical Peels:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve uneven skin tone and texture
  • Treat acne and acne scars
  • Diminish age spots, freckles, and sun damage
  • Brighten and refresh the complexion

How it Works

There are a few peels that could be considered in this category:

  • Mesoestetic Peels: These are a range of professional-grade chemical peels known for their effectiveness and safety. They offer various formulations to address specific concerns like hyperpigmentation, aging, acne, and more. They are designed to deliver noticeable results with minimal downtime compared to deeper peels.

  • TCA Peels (lower concentrations): Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels can be customized to different concentrations. Lower concentrations (around 15% or less) can provide significant improvement in skin texture, fine lines, and discoloration with relatively short downtime compared to higher TCA concentrations.

  • Modified Jessner’s Peels: This peel combines lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol for a deeper exfoliation than superficial peels but with less downtime than a full Jessner’s peel. It’s effective for treating acne, melasma, and photodamage.

The choice of the most efficient peel for you depends on several factors, including:

  • Skin Concerns: The type of peel should be chosen based on your specific skin concerns (e.g., fine lines, acne, hyperpigmentation).
  • Skin Type: Your skin type (e.g., sensitive, oily, dry) will determine which acids are most suitable for you.
  • Downtime Tolerance: Consider how much downtime you’re willing to accept, as some peels require more recovery time than others.

The comfort level during a chemical peel can vary depending on several factors:

  1. Type of Peel:
  • Superficial Peels: These typically cause a mild tingling or burning sensation that lasts a few minutes. Some people experience mild itching or tightness as the peel dries.
  • Medium Peels: These can cause a more intense stinging or burning sensation that may last for 15-20 minutes. Some people may experience mild discomfort for a few hours afterward.
  • Deep Peels: These are usually performed under sedation or with local anesthesia due to the potential for significant discomfort. You may experience a burning sensation during the procedure and pain during the healing process.
  1. Individual Pain Tolerance:

Everyone experiences pain differently. What one person finds tolerable, another may find uncomfortable.

Chemical peels do not have a permanent effect. The results of chemical peels can last from a few weeks to several months, depending on the type of peel used.

However, while the effects are not permanent, chemical peels can offer lasting improvements to the skin. Here’s how:

  • Skin Regeneration: Chemical peels stimulate collagen production and cell turnover, which can lead to long-term improvements in skin texture, tone, and elasticity. These improvements can last months or even years, depending on individual factors and skincare habits.

  • Addressing Underlying Concerns: Peels can effectively address underlying skin concerns like acne, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. By improving these issues, the skin is healthier and less prone to future breakouts or damage, leading to more lasting results.

  • Cumulative Benefits: Repeated chemical peels can offer cumulative benefits, with each subsequent treatment building on the previous one. This can lead to gradual and sustained improvement in the skin’s appearance over time.

Different Types of Chemical Peels and Their Duration:

  • Superficial Peels: Results typically last a few weeks.
  • Medium Peels: Results can last several months.
  • Deep Peels: Results can last years.

Chemical peels themselves aren’t drugs, but the solutions used in them often contain active ingredients that are regulated. Here’s what you should know about the safety aspect:


  • National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA): This is the main body overseeing medications and cosmetics in Malaysia. Any peel solution with active ingredients (like acids) should ideally be registered with them. This ensures basic safety standards have been met.
  • Clinic/Practitioner Certification: More important than the peel itself is the person administering it. Look for clinics with:
    • LCP Certified Doctors: Letter of Credentialing and Privileging, meaning they’ve been vetted for aesthetic procedures.
    • Ministry of Health (MOH) Licensed: Ensures the facility meets hygiene and safety requirements.

Candidates for Chemical Peels

  • Acne and acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough skin texture
  • Dull complexion
  • Are in good overall health

Chemical peels can be beneficial for a wide range of patients with various skin concerns. 

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have a question?

Quick answers to questions you may have

You will undergo the normal healing process, including the degree of redness, peeling, and any potential discomfort you might experience.

Your skin will be more sensitive after a peel, so it’s crucial to use gentle, non-irritating products. Ask for specific recommendations for cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens.

Sun protection is crucial after a chemical peel to prevent further damage and hyperpigmentation. Ask about the recommended SPF level and how often you should reapply sunscreen.

Your practitioner will advise you when it’s safe to start using your regular skincare products, including retinoids or other active ingredients.