Chemical Peels is also known as: Fruit Acid Peel, Skin Peel, Facial Peel, AHA Peel, Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid.

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peeling is a chemical form of exfoliation.  The procedure removes the superficial layer of the skin, speeds up cell turnover and stimulates collagen to produce smoother, clearer looking skin.

Are there different types of chemical peels?

There are a wide variety of peeling agents used for superficial peeling, such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), jessners solution, retinoic acid .  Chemical peel solutions differ in strength and therefore some create more skin peeling than others.  The choice of peeling agent will depend on your desired result and the type of skin being treated.

1. Alpha hydroxy acid peels

  • Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), lactic acid, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce minimal skin peeling.
  • AHA peels are the most commonly used, this is due to their safety and low complication rate.
  • Generally these peels are performed in a course of 3 – 6 peels done on a fortnightly basis for optimal results.
  • These peels do not induce obvious skin flaking or peeling and therefore recovery is quick.

2. Jessners peels

  • Jessner’s solution contains salicylic acid, resorcinol and lactic acid.
  • Generally these peels are performed in a course of 2 – 6 peels done on a monthly basis for optimal results.
  • This peel induces superficial peeling of the skin. However, it produces more of a peel than other superficial preparations. Clients may peel visibly for approximately 7 days.
  • This is a good initiating peel for those with troublesome acne.

4. Retinoic acid peels

  • Like a Jessner’s peel this produces more skin peeling than other superficial preparations, clients may peel visibly for approximately 7 days.
  • Generally these peels are performed in a course of 2 – 6 peels done on a monthly basis for optimal results.
  • Trichloraecetic acid is used to treat sun damaged and prematurely aged skin.

What does a chemical peel treat?

  • Leathery skin
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Freckles and pigmentation
  • Coarse skin  texture
  • Acne
  • Blackheads
  • Sun damage
  • Enlarged pores
  • Milia
  • Rosacea
  • Melasma

What does a chemical peel involve?

Pre treatment consultation

A non obligatory consultation is provided by one of our trained dermal therapists. This consultation enables you to express your concerns freely and confidentially. Following an assessment and examination a tailored treatment plan will be provided and the most appropriate treatment for you will be discussed.  

Pre peel skin preparation

We recommend you prepare your skin for 2 weeks prior to a chemical peel with active ingredients – we recommend Aspect Dr products,  to reduce risks of post peel complications, increase healing time and maximise peel outcome.


  • After the consultation, and if you are happy to proceed, you will need to sign a consent form before treatment can progress.
  • The skin is cleansed and degreased prior to application of the peel solution.
  • The peel is applied to the skin and left to dry. A few layers may be applied depending on the type of peel being performed.
  • Your skin may or may not sting a little and feel hot. A fan can be used to reduce the stinging and cool the skin.
  • Mineral makeup is applied prior to leaving the clinic.
  • The treatment may take 30 minutes depending on the area being treated and the type of chemical peel being performed.


  • Avoid strenuous exercise.
  • Avoid applying oil based make up during the first 24 hours. Mineral make up is fine.
  • Do not expose the area to intense heat (eg solarium or sauna).
  • If you experience skin peeling it is very important not to pick or peel the skin prematurely as this can lead to a prolonged healing or even scarring.
  • Avoid the use of skin care containing active ingredients such as retinol vitamin c, glycolic acid, lactic acid, perfumes and colours for 1-2 weeks following the peel.
  • Most patients wishing to maximise the benefits of their peel program commence an “at home” skin care regime using products that are therapeutically concentrated to increase cell turn over and speed up skin healing.
  • It is very important to avoid sun exposure.
  • The use of a broad spectrum SPF 30 and the wearing of a hat are essential.

Follow Up Appointment

  • You will be requested to return to the clinic a few weeks following your treatment.
  • This is an important part of the treatment process as your practitioner will ensure that your treatment is complication free and that you are satisfied with the treatment outcome.

Who will perform my treatment?

  • A dermal therapist who is thoroughly trained in advanced skin therapies and rejuvenation.
  • At the Rodin Clinic we pride ourselves on education, professionalism and patient satisfaction.
  • Our therapists have several years experience and are constantly updating their techniques in order to provide you with outstanding care and results.
  • Please see our staff profiles for further information.

Is there any recovery time?

  • Most client’s go straight back to their normal activities if they have had a light peel.
  • Immediately after the peel, your skin will appear pink like mild sunburn and feel slightly warm.
  • If you have a Jessner’s peel and you are very conscious about the appearance of flaky skin, we suggest timing the procedure so peeling mainly occurs over the weekend. This peeling process can last 2-7 days; however it will not begin until the 3rd or 4th day following your peel.
  • Throughout the peeling process the skin will appear slightly darker in some areas (this is the older skin preparing itself to peel away) and the actual peeling of the skin may be more noticeable in some areas than in others.  Following the peeling, this will gradually return to normal within one to two weeks.

Are there any possible complications or side effects?

  • Scarring and infection if peeling is removed prematurely.
  • Possible herpes simplex outbreak if prone to cold sores.
  • Hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation (darker and lighter areas of skin).
  • Allergic reaction.

What is the cost of a chemical peel?

  • Fees range from $99 – $169 depending on the type of peel that is best suited for your skin.
  • A consultation with a dermal therapist is provided for Free.
  • We recommend a course of 2-6 peels for best possible results.

For more information regarding our chemical peels in Perth, feel free to contact us at any time.