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Chemical peel - Lola Beauty Allure

Understanding Chemical peels...

A chemical peel, also known as chemexfoliation or dermapeeling, uses a chemical solution to improve the appearance of your skin. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to your skin, which causes trauma or injury to your skin’s layers. The skin layers eventually peel off revealing more youthful skin. The new skin is usually smoother with fewer lines and wrinkles, has a more even color and is brighter in complexion. What conditions does a chemical peel treat? Chemical peels are used to treat certain skin conditions or to improve your appearance by improving the tone and texture of your skin. Chemical peels are most commonly performed on your face, neck or hands.

They can help reduce or improve:

  • Fine lines under your eyes or around your mouth and wrinkling caused by sun damage, aging and hereditary factors.

  • Certain types of acne.

  • Mild scarring.

  • Sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, uneven skin coloring.

  • Precancerous scaly spots called actinic keratosis.

  • Rough skin, scaly patches, dull complexion.

  • Dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills.

You will work with your esthetician to determine the best option for you. This joint decision can vary depending upon the condition of your skin and the objectives of treatment. At Lola Beauty Allure, I only offer light to medium depth peels. Deeper peels should only be performed by a dermatologist. 


Light Chemical Peels


A light (“lunchtime”) chemical peel provides subtle improvement over time and is often done in a series. The outermost layer of skin is removed. This choice may be best if you have fine wrinkling, acne, uneven skin coloring or dry, rough sun-damaged skin to help promote a healthy glow.


Recovery from this type of peel may be within hours to a few days but with little to no down time. Light chemical peels contain alpha hydroxy acids and/or beta hydroxy acids. Chemical peels primarily containing alpha hydroxy acids may be referred to as “AHA chemical peels” or “ glycolic acid peels.” Glycolic acid is the most common type of alpha hydroxy acid used in skin care. Salicylic acid chemical peels are the most common type of beta hydroxy acid peel.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are derived from fruit, sugar, sour milk, and other natural sources. AHA chemical peels often contain:

  • Glycolic acid (extracted from sugar cane)

  • Lactic acid (extracted from milk)

  • Malic acid (extracted from pears and apples)

  • Citric acid (extracted from oranges and lemons)

  • Tartaric acid (extracted from grapes)

Medium Chemical Peels

Medium Chemical Peels

A medium chemical peel gives your skin a smooth, fresh look. The outermost layer and the upper part of your middle skin layer are removed. This choice may be best if you have uneven or moderate skin discoloring, age spots, acne scarring or fine-to-moderate wrinkles. Recovery from this type of peel may take a week or more and require some down time.

During medium-depth chemical peels, acids are used to create an intentional, controlled injury to a specific skin depth.

The acid breaks the chemical bonds which hold the skin cells together, causing them to peel off. The acids used in medium-depth peels are able to penetrate the epidermis and a proportion of the dermis.

The aim is to deeply exfoliate the skin which, in turn, stimulates new epidermal and dermal growth, increased collagen production and more evenly distributed melanin. The new skin that grows has improved surface texture and appearance.

Medium -depth peels are usually carried out using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) at concentrations between 35% and 50%. Other acids are sometimes used, including: glycolic, pyruvic and salicylic acid, as well as Jessner’s solution, which is a combination of acids.

How to prepare for a medium depth peel...

6 weeks prior to your treatment, stop using skin products containing vitamin A derivatives, unless directed by your practitioner.


1-2 weeks prior to your treatment, avoid exfoliating facials, waxing, hair removal creams, laser hair removal, electrolysis and sunbathing/sunbed use.


24 hours prior to your treatment, stop using exfoliating products including those containing alpha and beta hydroxy acids.

After care...

It is very important that you carefully follow the advice of your practitioner, following a peel treatment, to help improve the benefit of the procedure and reduce the risk of complications or side effects. As the chemical peel penetrates deeper layers of skin, you may experience more discomfort and peeling afterwards, compared to a superficial peel.


Do not scratch or pick at your skin as doing this may result in permanent scarring. The peeling skin is a barrier. Your aim is to take care of it, not remove it! To help avoid infection, follow your practitioner's advice regarding hygiene, including washing your face gently with a mild cleanser and not wearing make-up. Ensure you wear a high SPF sunscreen during the course of your treatment and for 4 weeks after. Avoid any direct sun exposure for 6 weeks.


Only use the skincare products advised by your practitioner. Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after your treatment, and avoid saunas, steam rooms and hot showers until your skin is healed. Do not have any other facial treatments for at least 1 week after the peel. If, at any point, you experience any unexpected pain or swelling, discolouration, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation or infection, consult your practitioner immediately. Please note that prior to the skin peeling away, it may become uniformly darker.

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Potential side effects and risk...

Your face may swell slightly following a medium-depth peel and your skin may turn dark brown with white streaks. Following this, the skin will peel over 5-7 days, during which time it may be itchy, tight and easily irritated. Once the skin has peeled, fresh, bright red skin will appear. This will fade to your normal skin tone over 3-6 weeks.


Sometimes, skin redness persists for more than 2-3 months, but this also usually disappears in time. Hyperpigmentation (brown spots on skin) may occur with all peels. To reduce the chance of this, apply high factor sunscreen daily and avoid direct sun exposure for 6 weeks post peel. Bleaching creams can be used to help minimise the appearance of any hyperpigmentation – these should only be used if prescribed by your practitioner. You should not undertake at-home bleaching without the advice of a medically qualified prescriber. 


If you are susceptible to cold sores, you may find you have an outbreak after a chemical peel. To help prevent this, taking a course of antiviral medicine beforehand may be advised by your esthetician. There is a small chance of developing a localised skin infection following a chemical peel. Scarring is extremely unlikely with a medium-depth peel if it is done properly, by a medically qualified practitioner, who will advise appropriate before and aftercare ensuring the risk of infection is minimised.

Which peels do I offer? 

Jessner Peel (med): Produce effective yet predictable peeling with 14% Salicylic acid, 14% Lactic acid and 14% Resorcinol. This advanced solution helps to oxygenate and detoxify congested skin while providing antibacterial, antiseptic and astringent properties while reducing oil production. 

TCA Peel (med): The Gold Standard of Peeling! This 15% solution of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and powerful natural tyrosinase inhibitors is renowned for its results in treating, correcting, and controlling pigmentation, wrinkles, and acne. The potent antioxidants vitamin E and retinyl palmitate, in combination with TCA, provide unparalleled results in safe and controlled skin Peeling. Colorblind making it safe for all fitzpatricks.

5 Berry Pigment control peel (med): This potent TCA and antioxidant peel is the perfect solution for photo-aging, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and acne. 5-Berry Pigment Control Peel combines 7% TCA and the reparative, protective, and anti-aging benefits of 5 natural berries: cranberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, and bearberry. Colorblind making it safe for all Fitzpatricks.

Chocolate Power skin rescue peel (med): 50% lactic acid and the natural extracts of cocoa, resveratrol, and acai berry are combined to deliver superior refining, anti-aging, and skin restorative benefits. This unique formulation influences collagen and glycosaminoglycan production thereby improving skin hydration, elasticity, and tone.

Salicylic Acid peel (med): 

Provide strong exfoliation and increased cellular turnover for stubborn conditions such as acne. 20% Salicylic acid enhances the penetration of treatments while oxygenation and detoxifying congested skin. Perfect for resistive, thick and oily skin.

Lactic Action 30 or 50 (light): Exfoliator combines the exfoliation and skin brightening power of 30% lactic acid with active tyrosinase inhibitors and skin calming herbal extracts. Provides excellent exfoliating action while moisturizing, healing, and protecting the skin. This compound is not only a superior exfoliant but also one of the best treatments for hyperpigmentation and is a preferred peel for skin of color.

Oxygen skin regenerative peel (light): Cutaneous skin cells rely on oxygen diffusion. This unique one of a kind oxygenating peel formulation releases bio-oxygen power aiding inner-cellular diffusion and the benefits of lactic acid for cell regeneration revealing baby smooth, youthful looking skin. Oxygen Skin Regenerating Peel breathes back a youthful life to hypoxic, dull, tired, damaged skin cells. Rich in arabinogalactans derived from botanical plants, skin will brighten, firm, tone and immediately glow with health.


The following conditions are considered to be chemical peel contraindications. Contraindications to chemical peels must always be discussed with your skincare professional. If you have a concern, always ask your esthetician prior to receiving a peel.

  • Use of Accutane®, Retin-A®, or other medications that exfoliate or thin the skin within 6 months

  • Recent cosmetic surgery, laser resurfacing, deep or medium depth chemical peels or dermabrasion

  • Severe rosacea or acne

  • Easily scars or has hyper-pigmentation tendencies

  • Pregnancy – always consult with your obstetrician prior to receiving chemical peels

  • Breast-feeding

  • Sunburn or irritated skin

  • Open sores or lesions

  • Infectious disease

  • Active Herpes simplex

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart disease

  • Deficient immune system

  • Permanent cosmetics–wait 7 days then cover with occlusive barrier

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