Chemical Peel

Chemical peels is a skin resurfacing technique by applying a chemical solution to the skin for various treatment intentions.

Types of Chemical Peel

We currently offer 3 different types of chemical peels.

These are all medical-grade chemical peels. The Radiance Whitening Peel and the Acne Peel can only be performed by a doctor, while the Brightening Peel can be performed by our therapist.

The first two aforementioned peels are specially formulated in a compounding pharmacy for professional use only, it cannot be purchased over the counter nor at the clinic for home use.

  1. The Radiance Whitening Peel contains AHAs (such as citric and lactic acid) which help to chemically exfoliate dead skin cells, and BHA salicylic acid which helps to improve acne. It also contains whitening compounds such as kojic acid and hydroquinone to improve skin tone, increase skin radiance and reduce the appearance of pigmentation. Resorcinol is anti-bacterial and also helps to improve blackheads and whiteheads.
  2. Acne Peel consists of 15% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) which helps to improve acne.
  3. Brightening Peel consists of 30% citric acid and we use it as part of a 4-step facial therapy for glowing, radiant skin after.

How is it different from the chemical peels that are done in spas or beauty salons?

The chemical peels we use contain a higher concentration/strength of acid and must be performed by a trained professional to avoid risks of chemical burns which may cause inflammation and/or scarring. A and B can only be purchased with a prescription and must be done by a doctor only.

Which chemical peel should I do?

Dr Samantha will assess your current skin condition and take into account previous treatments done to determine if you are a suitable candidate for chemical peels. She will also decide on which chemical peel will benefit you most based on your skin concerns, desired results and skin tolerability.

Benefits of Chemical Peel

  • Chemical exfoliation of the skin
  • Can help to improve and reduce acne/pimples, blackheads, whiteheads
  • Helps to lighten pigmentation/hyperpigmentation of the skin
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines/acne scars
  • Helps to even out skin tone
  • Helps to brighten the skin
  • Improve skin texture and radiance

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Frequently Asked Questions

Chemical Peels can be performed on many parts of the body, including the face, neck, decolletage, underarms, arms and legs.

It depends on the depth and type of peel down, and can be customised according to a patient’s wants as well as skin condition and desired results.

Generally, when an appropriate chemical peel is used, the risks of side effects are low.

Side effects of chemical peels include erythema, itch, dryness, uneven skin tone, burns and the risks of side effects tend to be stronger with deeper peels.

We recommend about 5-10 sessions and 4-6weekly maintenance sessions after. It depends on the depth of the peel, but on average an interval of 4 weeks is acceptable for most peels.

Dr Samantha personally likes to combine facial, picolaser and chemical peel for that glowy and radiant complexion.

  • Try to avoid sun exposure, or limit sun exposure as much as possible. Use a sunscreen and other sun protection measures such as a hat or umbrella if sun exposure is unavoidable.
  • Moisturise (but do not overdo it, especially for those with acne-prone/oily skin as this may trigger an acne outbreak). You will notice your skin tends to be more ‘thirsty’ in the few days after chemical peel.
  • Avoid using facial wash and toners containing retinol or acids or alcohol for about 3 days after chemical peel is done as these may cause irritation, especially for those with sensitive and/or dry skin.
  • Avoid picking at/peeling off skin that has started peeling as this may cause uneven skin tone and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)