What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that can be applied to the face, hands, and neck. They’re used to improve the appearance or feel of the skin. During this procedure, chemical solutions will be applied to the area being treated, which causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. Once this happens, the new skin underneath is often smoother, appears less wrinkled, and may have less damage.

Why you should consider having a Chemical Peel done ?

Here, you will find 10 reasons why you should get a chemical peel treatment.

It will:

  • Improve the texture of your skin,
  • Increase the cell turnover rate of your skin,
  • Help your skin produce more collagen,
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Decrease hyperpigmentation
  • Unclog pores and help clear up acne
  • Leave your skin smooth,
  • Make your skin look more even-toned,
  • Make your skin look dewy,
  • Improve minor scarring.


What will a Skin Peel do for my skin?

There are many benefits to receiving a chemical peel. Not only do chemical peels reveal a brighter, smoother and more refined complexion, they also improve the overall look and feel of the skin in just one treatment. Other benefits of receiving a chemical peel include:

  • Improving the skin’s colour, clarity, tone and texture
  • Stimulating new collagen and healthy skin cell growth, resulting in a radiant complexion
  • Reducing discoloration caused by sun damage
  • Helping to clear up breakouts
  • Smoothing away the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increasing hydration of the skin
  • Addressing visible skin imperfections and superficial scars
  • Enabling skincare products used at home to be more effective because a peel can remove several layers of skin build-up and congestion, allowing products to penetrate deeper into the skin

Are Skin Peels safe for all skin types?

Chemical peels are generally safe, but there are possible complications, and not every peel is right for all skin types.

There are three different levels of chemical peels: mild, medium, and deep. Mild treatments, like glycolic acid peels, are suitable for many skin types and give the skin a smoother, brighter look. The least likely to produce negative side effects, these peels remove only the top layers of damaged skin, but you will probably need multiple treatments to get the results you are looking for. Keep in mind, however, that even the mildest chemical peel still involves using an acid to remove layers of skin from your face or body. There is always a chance that discoloration or scarring might occur

Medium peels, like the popular trichloroacetic acid peel, go just a little bit deeper than mild peels. One major benefit is a reduction in minor wrinkles, which is an effect that mild peels do not tend to produce. The downsides include a greater chance of complications and an increased sensitivity to sunlight. Medium peels are popular because of their versatility — physicians can mix concentrations to suit many skin types. People with darker skin will most likely get the best results from a medium peel.

Phenol peels, commonly called deep peels, are not right for everyone. The explanation is in the name. A deep peel takes off several layers of skin and can have dramatic results. However, these results can be accompanied by a permanent bleaching effect, to the point that people with brown or even olive skin might be able to see a line between the treated and untreated areas. As a result, deep peels are usually only a good option for people with fair complexions.

Be sure to consult with your therapist before getting a chemical peel. Someone who is qualified will be able to talk you through the procedure and help you to decide what treatment will best suit your skin type.

What is the procedure for a Skin Peel?

Before your procedure, you will first have a consultation with the skin care specialist. During this visit, they will help you determine what the best treatment option is for you. They will let you know the details about the specific peel you will be getting, and they will ask about anything that could interfere with the peel. This may include whether you have taken acne medication, and information about whether you scar easily.

Before a chemical peel, you must:

  • not use any type of retinol or retin-A topical medication for at least 48 hours
  • inform your skin care specialist about any medications you take
  • not have been on Accutane for at least six months

The procedure, they will have you tie back your hair. Your face will be cleansed, and your therapist will numb the area with a topical anesthetic, especially if you’re receiving a deep peel. For deep peels, your doctor may also use a regional anesthetic, which will numb large areas. They are particularly likely to do this if you are having your face and neck treated. Usually left on the skin for 20+ minutes for the skin to be completely numb

Light peel

During a light peel a cotton ball, gauze, or brush will be used to apply a chemical solution like salicylic acid to the area being treated. The skin will start to whiten and may have a slight stinging sensation. Once complete, the chemical solution will be removed, or a neutralizing solution will be added.

Medium peel

During a medium chemical peel, your doctor will use a gauze, special sponge, or a cotton-tipped applicator to apply the chemical solution to your face. This may contain glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid. A blue colour may be added to the trichloroacetic acid, commonly known as a blue peel. The skin will begin to whiten, and your doctor will apply a cool compress to the skin. You may feel stinging or burning for up to 20 minutes. No neutralizing solution is needed, though they may give you a hand-held fan to cool your skin. If you have had the blue peel you will have a blue colouring of your skin that may last for several days after the peel.

Deep peel

During a deep chemical peel, you will be sedated. The doctor will use a cotton-tipped applicator to apply phenol to your skin. This will turn your skin white or gray. The procedure will be done in 15-minute portions, to limit the skin exposure to the acid.


What are the different types of Skin Peels?

At The Goddess Factor we stock both DR. GOBAC and Lamelle Peels, each with their own special properties to suit our clients conditions. Superficial and deep Peels.

Dr Gobac Peels

DR Gobac Bellanova Supertransforming Peel

Skin types: Normal and mature skin types.

Product description: Bellanova Supertransforming is a deep resurfacing formula that effectively eliminates the excessive superficial keratin by weakening desmosomes of congested cells. It promotes new cell regeneration and evens out skin tone. It is anti-inflammatory, restores the acid mantle of the skin and assists in treatment of pigmentation.


Glycolic Acid – Cleanses the lipid bilayer and restores it.

Lactic Acid – Bio-identical, water soluble helps to main the NMF, restoring the acid mantle of the skin. Reduces pigmentation and evens out skin complexion.

Proteolytic Enzymes (Fruit Acids) – Combined with AHAs to dissolve desmosomes and digest dead skin cells and accumulated keratin.

Dr Gobac Bellanova TX Peel

Skin types: Oily and problem skin.

Product description: Problem Skin/Acne treatment carefully designed to heal the skin and regulate oil production. Effectively eliminates the excessive keratin, weakens desmosomes of congested cells and promotes new cell regeneration. Assist in post acne scarring, calms inflammation and restores the acid mantle of the skin.


Salicylic Acid – Oil soluble, anti-inframammary, decongests oily skin.

Dragons Blood Plant Extract – Contains natural antibiotics and has anti-bacterial properties to fight bacteria that causes skin infections. Assist in building skin defensive mechanisms and forming protective anti- bacterial film.

Proteolytic Enzymes (Fruit Acid) – Combined with AHAs to dissolve desmosomes and digest dead skin cells and accumulated keratin.

Lamelle Peels

Professional Beta Skin Peel

Salicylic acid is a lipid-soluble beta-hydroxy acid that is derived from the bark of a willow tree. In the Beta Peel treatment, we used it for its effect on the lipid found in the corneum of the skin. This self-neutralising formulation is also effective in commedones (black and whiteheads) and congestion. The treatment will, especially with the first few treatments, cause some dryness of skin and flaking.

Professional Beta Peel with Retinol

In cases where more flaking is required, the skincare therapist might add retinol to your treatment. This may be done in the skin where the pigmentation is resistant to treatment or where the skin is not peeling adequately.

Professional Beta Peel with TCA Spot Treatments

This treatment combines the beta skin peel with spot treatments of TCA – the strongest type of chemical skin peel available from Lamelle. It’s designed for treatment-resistant pigmented and is especially popular in the treatment of solar pigmentation in more aged skin.

Augmented Professional Beta Peel

This treatment incorporates all 3 peels in one treatment: Beta Peel, TCA, and retinol. This treatment means the change in your skin can be quite drastic – social downtime should be expected. It’s chosen for severe aging, resistant pigmentation, and skin that requires aggressive intervention. Note: This treatment often requires a pre-treatment program of two weeks before the treatment can start.

Professional Alpha Peel

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (fruit acid) derived from sugar cane. And it’s what we use to make the Alpha Chemical Skin Peel, one of the most widely used for the treatment of photo-aging – or sun-damaged skin.

Retistore and Retistore Plus Peels

When doing chemical peels or chemical resurfacing, the aim in the long term is to restructure the entire epidermis of the skin. Doing this in one treatment with any other product can be painful and result in up to 14 days of social downtime. Retinol-based Lamelle Retistore and Retistore Plus gives us full epidermal restructuring with virtually NO discomfort and a very comfortable period of downtime that is more socially acceptable.

About Retistore

Retistore Plus has double the active ingredients and is focussed on lighter skin colours where aging is more related to lines, wrinkles and sagging. Retistore is less aggressive and is focussed on darker skin colours where aging is more related to pigmentation irregularities, change in texture and dull skin.

Your skincare therapist will suggest the best treatment for the challenges you are experiencing on your skin. She will suggest a course of treatments and might start with Retistore and move over on to the Retistore Plus when she feels your skin is ready for it.

Essentials Age Prevention Treatment

A very gentle treatment that contains some feel-good skin-pampering ingredients that make it ideal for maintaining the lustre and vibrancy of younger skin.

Professional Lacti-Firm Peel

Lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (fruit acid) derived from milk. Lacti-firm peels, the acid is combined with a plumping ingredient – DMAE. It’s a very comfortable, skin-firming and revitalising treatment with little if any, social downtime, depending on the concentration used.


The two concentrations are Lacti-firm 30/10 and Lacti firm 90/10. Although both concentrations are applied in the same way, the stronger 90/10 concentration is only used in medical units under the supervision of a medical doctor.

Professional Pro Alpha Peel

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (fruit acid) derived from sugar cane. And it’s what we use to make the Alpha Chemical Skin Peel, one of the most widely used for the treatment of photo-aging – or sun-damaged skin.

Which skin conditions can be treated?

  • wrinkles and fine lines
  • sun damage
  • acne scars
  • hyperpigmentation
  • scars
  • melasma
  • uneven skin tone or redness

Contra- indications for a Skin Peel?

  • Accutane:1 year off
  • Retin-A: Discontinue for 7- 10 days prior to treatment.
  • Pregnant or Lactatin
  • Allergy to Aspirin
  • Sunburnedor compromised skin: Outdoors Lifestyle, Tanning bed users, Avid golfer or skier, Sun worshiper
  • Serious medical condition: Heart condition/problem, Immunity disorder, Diabetes etc.
  • Medications:Diabetes Type 2, Lupus, chemo
  • Permanent cosmeticswait 7 days then cover with occlusive barrier
  • Active cold soresor lesions
  • Active facial rash
  • Immediately post lift of facial surgery needs doctor approval
  • Rosacea– Will need to be evaluated.
  • Facial Waxingrequires a 72-hour waiting period.

Can Skin Peels be done in conjunction with other treatments?

Yes, Skin peels can be combined with other treatments. This will boost the effects of the treatment either allowing the peel to archive it obtain results.

Microdermabrasion is a good example of a treatment to combine with a peel as this will remove all the unwanted dead skin cells before allowing the peel to penetrate the skin.

What After-care do Skin Peels Require?


  • Hands Off

The main goal of a chemical peel is to pull up and slough off the damaged skin cells, revealing healthy, glowing skin underneath. When the dead skin starts to shed, avoid touching, picking, or scratching it with your fingers. Let the dead skin shed off naturally, and do not peel the skin off with your own fingers – using fingers to remove the dead skin can lead to possible scarring.


  • Pull It Back

Pulling your hair back away from the face with a hair band can help prevent you from touching and keep breakouts at bay. It is important to allow the skin to go through its naturally peeling process, without accidentally contacting your skin while brushing back your hair. Touching the skin with dirty fingers and hands will only aggregate the new skin and may lead to breakouts. If breakouts do occur, do not treat them yourself! Have your aesthetician treat them for you or just leave them alone.


  • Moisturize – But Just Enough to Be Comfortable

After receiving a chemical peel, your skin will be sensitive. There may be certain products in your normal skin care routine that you will want to avoid, as they may have active and irritating ingredients. The only two products you will want to use on your skin during the peeling process are sunscreen and just enough of a bland (neutral) moisturizer to be comfortable. The skin feeling and looking dry is part of the peeling process, and your moisturizer will not be able to correct that.


Our advice is to use little to no moisturizer for the first couple days after treatment. In some cases, there will be a specific post care moisturizer provided at the time of treatment, which is safe to use, and your therapist will walk you through the details. For some people, the only thing that will not sting the skin is Aquaphor, which is easily available over the counter.


  • When applying moisturizer to the skin, be careful as well not to rub or scrub it in. Gently apply a thin layer of moisturizer all over the skin multiple times throughout the day, as needed. You will be able to go back to your regular skincare routine once the peeling process complete and skin no longer feels sensitive – generally within a week of receiving your chemical peel.


  • Protect Your Skin With SPF

You’ve just gone through the process of getting rid of damaged skin with a chemical peel – so it’s important to avoid damaging the new, vulnerable skin coming through by protecting it with a layer of sunscreen anytime exposure to the sun is possible.

Whether sitting by a window, spending time outside, or in front of a screen of any kind, you need to protect your newly brightened skin. Be sure to choose a physical sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and broad-spectrum high safety ratings – your skin will thank you later!


  • Let It Peel

Do not remove any of the dry, dead skin with any sort of rubbing, peeling, or pulling during the peeling process. Safe exfoliation can be done as soon as skin is no longer hypersensitive.