Chemical Face Peels

Chemical peels are chemicals of various strengths that are applied for different time periods and in a specific number of layers to create controlled destruction of the top layers of your skin and remove corneocytes (the dead skin cells). Deeper peels can also be applied to further promote collagen production.

The aim of peels is to promote regeneration, remodelling and improve your skin’s surface and texture by generating new collagen and elastin to the area.

Lymphatic drainage is also very important before any peel treatment and is highly recommended on the day of your peel.

Our Aliki Skin + Care trained dermal professionals will carefully assess your skin and address your concerns in order to choose the right peel and the right timing of the peel for you. We will always test patch a new peel on your skin.


  • Quick
  • Can be done during your lunch break
  • Affordable
  • Can be combined with microdermabrasion and skin lasers
  • Your skin immediately feels refreshed and renewed

Chemical Peels Improve

  • Fine lines
  • Aging due to sun damage
  • Rough textured skin
  • Hyperpigmentation e.g. post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
  • Freckles
  • Non‐inflammatory acne
  • Enlarged pores
  • Pigmented acne scars
  • Superficial acne scars
  • Papulosa nigra (common in darker skin)
  • Keratoses pilaris (e.g. of the thighs, arms)

Types Of Peels

Chemical peel ingredients vary in composition and strength.

Peel strengths range from very superficial to superficial to moderate. The stronger the peel, the more expected skin effects and the longer downtime that you will need at home.

The chemical peels available at Aliki Skin + Care are:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA)

TCA (Trichloracetic Acid)

Jessner Solution

Retinoic Acid


How To Prepare For A Peel

  • Have lymphatic drainage performed on the day of your peel
  • Ensure that you keep your skin as healthy as you can
  • Hydrate your skin twice daily using a great moisturiser/serum as peels work better on hydrated skin
  • Nourish your skin with antioxidants
  • Follow a good home care regime
  • Please remove your contact lenses
  • Remove your makeup
  • Depending on the peel selected for you, you may have no or 2 weeks of downtime.
  • If you are having a stronger peel, plan your peel for a time after work or just before the weekend.

After a very superficial peel you will notice:

  • No skin shedding
  • Mild skin redness

After a superficial peel you will notice:

  • Mild stinging
  • Mild skin shedding
  • Moderate skin redness
  • Swelling that usually subsides within 2-3 days

After a superficial to moderate peel you will notice:

  • Redness that can last hours to days
  • Swelling that usually subsides within 2-3 days
  • Stinging/ burning ranging from mild to moderate (depends on the peel)
  • Skin discolouration- browny/red discolouration that peels off between 2-10 days
  • Skin frosting and peeling

After ALL Peels

  • It is essential post-peeling to wear 30+ sunscreen that protects against UV A + B daily to prevent pigmentation and UV protection e.g. a wide-brimmed hat if going to be outside for a prolonged time.
  • You may likely notice skin burning, tingling and peeling, especially with the stronger peels.
  • That you use a skincare product with a natural antioxidant filter eg Vit A, B, C, E  as part of home care.
  • Use products with a Beta Glucan, Essential Fatty Acids.
  • Appropriate sunscreen (prevents all pigmentation)
  • Avoid procedures that may cause irritation for a 1 week period both before and after peels e.g Waxing, Aggressive hair treatments ( dyes and chemicals that may touch the face)
  • Avoid using abrasive products and procedures for 1 week period both before and after peels.

When Peels Are Unsuitable

  • If you have an active bacterial infection in the treatment area.
  • Open wounds, inflammation or irritation in the treatment area.
  • If you are taking photosensitive drugs e.g. doxycycline.
  • If you are immunocompromised e.g. taking immune-modulators are on immunosuppressants, are on cancer treatment.
  • If you have taken Isotretinoin in the previous six months.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients e.g. resorcinol, salicylates / aspirin.
  • If you have an active infection or lesions e.g.herpes simplex- coldsores in the area.
  • If you suffer from dermatitis e.g. BHA peels cannot be used.