Chemical peel, sounds scary doesn’t it? Well we at DHA aesthetics can assure you it’s not! Let’s start with the fancy pants science bit???

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve many skin conditions with the application of various types and strengths of acid,  from fruit acid ( mild peel ) eg tartaric acid found in grapes, to TCA trichloroacetic acid ( strong/deep peel) The chosen peel solution induces a controlled injury to the skin resulting in a wound healing process which regenerates new tissue.

A mini history lesson for you, as far back as records indicate chemical peels were used by ancient Egyptians they mixed animal oils , salt , alabaster and sour milk ( contains lactic acid ) to improve texture of skin!

Types of peel


A superficial peel which removes outer layer of skin ( epidermis ) perfect for treating fine lines , mild acne , uneven skin tone and dryness.

DHA aesthetics recommend Circadia lactic acid and Dermaceutic milk peel
None to light peeling with mild heat sensation during treatment.


This type removes dead skin cells from the epidermis and from sections of the upper part of the middle layer of skin (dermis ) Can treat wrinkles ,acne scars , uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Can be repeated every three months.

DHA aesthetics recommend Dermaceutic Cosmo forte peel , Circadia mandeliclear or jessner peel
Peeling will occur up to 7 days moderate heat sensation during treatment.

DEEP PEEL ( the NASA of chemical peels )

This peel we must stress should only be applied by an advanced therapist / medic . In some cases pre skin treatments up to a month before may be required to prep your skin. This type removes dead skin cells from the epidermis and from mid to lower layer of dermis , perfect for severe sun damage , deep set wrinkles and scarring.

DHA aesthetics recommend Dermaceutic Cosmo TCA Heavy peeling expected 7-10 days can be uncomfortable during treatment but will be managed by a therapist.


That’s a lot of fancy pants info ! Let’s visualise a big slice of cake ? because we all love cake !

Light peel targets epidermis that’s the fancy frosting on cake
Medium peel targets upper dermis that’s the delicious sponge under fancy frosting
Deep peel targets mid lower dermis that’s the sublime filling on said imaginary cake!

Reasons why you can’t have a peel

  • Active herpes simplex or warts on the face
  • Wounded or sunburnt skin
  • Pregnant or breast feeding
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Vitaligo

If all of that is far too scientific and you are still unsure our Advanced skin therapist at DHA aesthetics offers complimentary consultations to assess and discuss treatments, ( essentially a chat and a cup of tea ! )