How Effective Is Chemical Peeling?

Posted on September 2, 2021

Chemical peels give you new, younger-looking skin.

A chemical peel can make your skin look and feel fantastic. While this treatment sounds promising, chemical peeling | before and after data shows how it works in real life.

In a nutshell, chemical peels improve and smooth out the surface of the skin. There are many chemical peels suitable for different skin types and conditions. Hence, you should seek an award-winning cosmetic doctor’s advice before getting one.

In this article, I will talk about chemical peels and their benefits. I will also answer the most frequently asked questions about chemical skin peels.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

As its name implies, a chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that involves a chemical solution. Cosmetic practitioners apply this chemical solution to the skin. This makes the skin blister and gradually peel off. As a result, the skin becomes smoother and less wrinkled.

Depending on your doctor’s advice, chemical peels can be done on your face, hands, or neck.

In general, chemical peels improve the feel and appearance of your skin. During the treatment, a chemical solution exfoliates the skin. This removes the skin’s top layers.

Then, the skin grows back. The new skin becomes smoother. Depending on the intensity of the chemical peel, you might need to go through the treatment again to achieve your goals.

Since chemical peels reveal new skin, you have to take care of your skin afterward. Remember, new skin is sensitive to the sun. Thus, you must stay away from the sun until your skin recovers.

In addition, chemical peels must be done by top skin clinics in London. You must make sure that the clinic you are eyeing has qualified cosmetic practitioners. Make sure that they also have extensive experience in doing chemical peels.

Chemical peels involve chemical solutions that cause old skin to peel off.

Chemical peels involve chemical solutions that cause old skin to peel off.

Chemical peels are only effective if done by a certified cosmetic practitioner.

Do Chemical Peels Work?

Yes, they do. Chemical peels work as long as they are done by skilled and experienced practitioners.

There are many types of chemical peels available depending on your skin type and condition. Chemical skin peels that work for other patients might not work for you. Hence, you should seek professional advice before pursuing the procedure.

My clinic offers two common types of chemical peels namely TCA peels and skin pigmentation peels. Here’s how these skin peels usually go:

TCA Peel

TCA peels are a non-surgical treatment for scarring, wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration. These chemical peels are named after trichloroacetic acid (TCA), an acid used during the treatment.

Trichloroacetic acid is a non-toxic substance that gives you better skin. In particular, TCA clears dead skin cells away. By doing this, a TCA peel eliminates the surface layers of dead skin.

Your skin will appear frosty white at first. Then, it will become brownish red before peeling. After this, TCA will start to reveal newer, smoother skin.

Within seven to 10 days, your skin will regenerate and new, radiant skin will appear. The reaction will then erase your fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. A TCA peel will also stimulate collagen production. As a result, your skin will look and feel youthful and fresh.

Depending on your goals, I usually recommend getting a TCA peel once to twice a year.

Skin Pigmentation Peel

As its name implies, skin pigmentation peel is a non-surgical facial treatment for skin pigmentation. Unlike TCA peels, this type of peel is named after the condition it treats.

Dark patches characterise hyperpigmentation. These patches usually result from excess melanin production.

Sun damage, hormone fluctuations, genetics, and other factors cause excess melanin production.

Just like TCA peels, this kind of skin peel on face also eliminates the surface layers of the skin. By doing this, a skin pigmentation peel gets rid of the patches caused by hyperpigmentation.

In my clinic, we do customised skin peels to decrease pigmentation in darker, ethnic skin. Since hyperpigmentation causes dark patches, patients need more frequent skin peels.

Depending on your goals, I usually recommend getting a skin pigmentation peel once a month.

Benefits of Chemical Peeling | Before and After

Chemical peeling offers a lot of benefits. Here they are:

1. A chemical peel decreases the appearance of fine lines.

Fine lines are superficial lines found at the topmost layer of the skin. They are usually small and shallow, making them hard to see at the beginning.

Due to their nature, many people do not notice their fine lines forming. Fine lines tend to form in your 20’s to 30’s, so you should watch out for them.

In addition, fine lines most frequently form around the mouth and eyes. They also form on areas with thin skin, like the eyebrows and forehead.

A chemical peel helps you solve this. It prevents the development of fine lines, giving you a head start in preventing more signs of aging. A chemical peel also regenerates your skin, giving you a fresh look.

Chemical peels have several benefits including reducing fine lines, scars, and wrinkles.

Chemical peels have several benefits including reducing fine lines, scars, and wrinkles.

2. Face peeling decreases the appearance of wrinkles.

As you grow old, the elastin and collagen under your skin breaks down. However, this is a natural process.

Collagen and elastin are two highly important substances. They support and strengthen your skin, giving you a firm and youthful look.

When your collagen and elastin levels go down, your skin becomes prone to many signs of aging. The most dreaded one? Wrinkles.

In a gist, wrinkles are a worse version of fine lines. As I mentioned, fine lines are shallow. Wrinkles are deeply seated within your skin’s multiple layers.

Face peeling helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. As the layers of your skin get eliminated, the wrinkles go with them.

3. Skin peels improve areas damaged by the sun.

The sun emits UV rays, which cause harm to your skin. For this very reason, doctors always tell you to stay away from the sun. However, there are times when you cannot stay away from it.

Frequent sun exposure damages your skin in many ways. For one, UV rays penetrate the deep layers of your skin, killing or damaging cells on the way.

Moreover, the sun’s heat dries out unprotected areas of the skin. This deprives the skin of its natural lubricating oils, resulting in dry and dull skin.

UV rays can also cause sunburn and long-term damage. However, skin peels help improve areas with sun damage by renewing your skin.

Chemical peels reduce the appearance of mild scars.

4. A chemical peel improves the appearance of scars.

Scars are another skin issue that bothers many patients. When your face has scars, your confidence goes down. Hence, you must get rid of your scars as soon as you can.

A chemical peel helps you. Chemical peels improve the appearance of mild scars. Since chemical peels involve chemical solutions that remove the outer layer of old skin, your scars fade.

However, a chemical peel can only help with mild scarring. Severe scarring usually calls for more intense treatments such as surgery.

5. Face peeling treats acne.

Acne is one of the most common skin problems among adults. Like scars, acne decreases your self-esteem.
Furthermore, many people find it hard to totally remove acne. Even when flare ups are gone, there might be some acne popping out from time to time. Acne can also leave marks.

While time heals acne scars, you can get treatments that remove your acne and its marks as soon as possible. One of the most common treatments for this is the chemical peel.

As chemical peels remove old skin, acne usually goes with them. Hence, you can rely on skin peels to remove acne and its marks.

6. Skin peels reduce pigmentation.

Pigmentation comes in many forms―freckles, dark patches, age spots, and more. In addition, pigmentation results from many factors like sun exposure, hormonal change, and genetics.

Since skin peels involve solutions with strong concentrations, they can treat the target area. Specifically, chemical peels reduce the appearance of pigmentation by eliminating the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer.

Depending on your condition, a chemical peel can also penetrate the dermis, the skin’s middle layer. This produces more dramatic results. It also helps solve darker pigmentation.

7. A chemical peel improves the general texture of your skin.

When you don’t have a specific concern, a chemical peel still helps. Since chemical peels give you new skin, it improves its general texture as well.

In addition, chemical peels can reduce tiny bumps, uneven skin tone, and dry skin. It also smoothens the skin, improving its texture.

As the practitioner applies the chemical solution, the skin exfoliates as well. However, you must work with a certified doctor so the exfoliation does not damage your skin.

Chemical Peeling | Before and After

Here are some chemical peeling | before and after photos that demonstrate how effective chemical peels are:

Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery & Harold Brody, MD

Patient 1: This patient suffered from wrinkling around her mouth. After getting a chemical peel, her skin became smoother. She also looked younger.


Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery & Pearl Grimes, MD

Patient 2:This patient suffered from hyperpigmentation on his face. After getting a chemical peel, his skin tone became even.


Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery & Harold Brody, MD

Patient 3: This patient suffered from wrinkles around her mouth and deep nasolabial folds. After getting a chemical peel, her skin became smoother and more refreshed.

Chemical Peeling before and after photo
There are several things you must know about chemical skin peels.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chemical Peeling | Before and After

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions involving chemical peeling | before and after:

How does a chemical peel work?

A chemical peel works by eliminating the top layer of your skin. Depending on the type of chemical peel, the treatment can go deeper.

Mild chemical peels suit mild issues such as uneven skin texture. On the other hand, strong chemical peels suit intense issues such as pigmentation.

What can chemical peeling | before and after do?

Patients seek chemical skin peels mainly because they want to improve their appearance. Chemical peels can improve your skin. It can also give you a more attractive, youthful glow.

Chemical peels can also increase your confidence, relationships, and work performance.

What can a chemical peel treat?

Chemical peels can help solve many issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, scars, acne, pigmentation, and an uneven skin texture.

Depending on the intensity of your condition, chemical peels can help solve most if not all of your skin issues.

Where can I get a chemical peel?

You can get a chemical peel from The Harley Street Filler Specialists London. Our clinic is committed to giving you nothing but the best chemical peels.

Moreover, my team and I offer the best customer service we possibly can. Your experience with us will be smooth and memorable.

How do I get started with treatment?

Before having any skin treatment, you should consult with a doctor. If you choose to consult me, I will walk you through the entire process.

How do I prepare for the treatment?

Ten days before the treatment, you should avoid medications that impact blood clotting like ibuprofen, aspirin, and vitamin E. You must also avoid medications with glycolic acid.

If possible, find someone to drive you home after the procedure, so you don’t have to exert a lot of effort.

I will also explain the best options for you depending on your conditions and goals.

How is a chemical peel done?

Your skin will be cleaned first. Then, cream will be applied to your skin to allow the chemical solution to penetrate your skin.

After this, the chemical solution will be applied to your skin. You will then be monitored until the process is completed.

What should I do after a chemical peel?

You will experience some discomfort after a chemical peel. As you recover, there are some actions you can take to heal better and faster.

For one, you must not pick your skin as it peels. Apply moisturiser and sunscreen every day, with the approval of your doctor. Our clinic offers aftercare support, so contact us if you have concerns or questions about recovery.

What are the risks of chemical peels?

After a chemical peel, you will experience a reaction similar to sunburn. Your skin will become red. Then, your skin will scale in three to seven days after the procedure.

Your skin will also turn brown and peel off within one to two weeks after the chemical peel.

How long does a chemical peel last?

There is no universal answer to this. How long the results last depends on your skin type and condition.

In general, light chemical peels can last for one to two months. Strong chemical peels can last for two to six months.

How much does a chemical peel cost?

There is no universal answer to this. The cost of chemical peels depends on the type, strength, and location.

Mild chemical peels in the UK cost approximately £60 to £100. Stronger peels can cost more than £500. The cost will increase if you are getting complementary procedures such as lip filler enhancement and eye bag fillers.


Chemical peels at the Harley Street Filler Specialists London are among the best treatments in the UK. With a world-renowned team to assist you, you can reach your aesthetic goals in no time.

Are you interested in having a life-changing chemical peel? Book a consultation now!

Dr. Julian De Silva, Medical Director

About the Author

Dr Julian De Silva is a leading facial plastic surgeon that specialises only in surgical and non-surgical facial procedures. Dr. De Silva has considerable experience in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery from fellowships in London, Los Angeles, and New York. He is one of a handful of elite surgeons to be recognised with British, European and American qualifications, memberships and board certification.

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