A chemical or enzyme peel refers to the application of one or more chemicals/enzymes to the face or hands which induce accelerated exfoliation, controlled skin damage and peeling. As the skin damage is repaired by the natural healing process of the body, the skin's appearance will improve with due time.

Pre-treatments may include topical vitamin A, alpha hydroxy acid cleansers and hydroquinone containing creams. They will improve the results seen from chemical peeling. First the skin is thoroughly cleansed to remove make-up and surface residue. The chemical solution is then applied for several minutes, usually 5-6 minutes. A stinging sensation will be experienced and this will depend on the concentration and duration of the application. The chemical solution is then either removed with saline solution or neutralised by an alkaline agent.

Chemical peels are broadly defined by the depth of skin damage they produce:

These procedures will require an initial consultation with a beauty therapist or clinician. Photographs will be taken of your face before each treatment session. Complications are uncommon if performed properly. These may include blackheads, secondary infection, scarring and patchy pigmentation. Persistent solar keratoses may require additional treatment with cryotherapy, 5-Fluorouracil cream or 5-ALA photodynamic therapy.