Chemical peels are cosmetic procedures that work to help reduce lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone due to sun damage. Chemical peels are made from strong acids or basic solutions that are applied to the skin's surface to create a deliberate injury. As a result, the skin reacts by repairing itself by shedding dead skin cells and allowing fresh new cells to resurface.


The types of chemical peels vary, depending on what you wish to achieve. Mostly, chemical peels are recommended for the following conditions:

  • Certain types of acne
  • Age spots (lentigines)
  • Skin discolouration/uneven skin tone
  • Lack-lustre complexion
  • Fine facial lines
  • Rough-textured skin
  • Melasma
  • Sun-damaged skin


What is microneedling?

Microneedling also known as collagen induction therapy, is a process involving repetitive puncturing of the skin with sterilised microneedles.

How does it work?

The microneedles penetrate the stratum corneum and create small holes known as micro-conduits with minimal damage to the epidermis. This leads to the generation of growth factors which stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis.

Treatable conditions:

It's helpful to treat multiple cosmetic and dermatologic conditions.
Dr Tarryn Jacobs mainly advises it for rejuvenation and skin laxity as well as atrophic acne scars.


Light chemical peels

A superficial/light peel is considered a gentler option as it incorporates a mixture of alpha-hydroxy (AHA), glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and Jessner peels. In some cases, three to five applications are required to achieve the most favourable results, and there is no downtime required.

Medium-depth chemical peels

Deeper medium peels comprise a high percentage of alpha hydroxy, salicylic acid, and trichloracetic acid (TCA), which improves the skin drastically but requires a much longer downtime.

Deep chemical peels

Deep chemical peels infiltrate the reticular dermis, the skin's deepest layer. These peels are better suited to treat deep wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, and severe scars. Deeper peels are an aggressive form of skin resurfacing that correct uneven-toned skin and help restore a bright and youthful-looking appearance.