Benefits Of A Chemical Peel

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
woman getting spa treatment on face

What exactly is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a technique that is used to improve your skin’s overall appearance. It helps smooth any imperfections by removing the outermost layers of your skin’s surface. The process of a chemical peel is applying a controlled injury to the skin, which results in the “peel”.

Types of a chemical peel

This is the most superficial type of peel. It removes the epidermis layer and treats fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness. For the best results, it is recommended to go every 2-5 weeks.

This peel goes a little deeper into the epidermis layer and a little into the dermis layer. It treats wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness as well.

This is the deepest peel. It removes cells deep into the dermis layer and treats deep wrinkles, scars, or precancerous growths.

The possible side effects can include:

  1. Redness
  2. Scabbing
  3. Swelling
  4. Scarring
  5. Changes in skin color
  6. Infection
  7. Heart, kidney, or liver damage (seen from deep chemical peels)

The process


Before the peel is done, your face will be cleaned off and your hair will be pushed back to be protected from any chemicals. Your eyes will then be covered to protect from anything getting in. For medium and deep peels you might receive a painkiller or sedative.


Light- An applicator will be used to apply the chemicals. The treated area will start to whiten. There is very minimal pain with the light peel, you may feel a stinging or tingling sensation. Once done, the chemicals will be washed away with a neutralizing solution.
Medium- An applicator is used to apply a trichloroacetic acid, which can sometimes be mixed with glycolic acid. The skin that was treated will start to whiten. The doctor then will apply a cool compress to help the skin and oftentimes a fan will be used for the skin as well. A neutralizer solution is not needed for the medium peel. The stinging sensation will last up to 20 minutes when done.
Deep– During the deep procedure, you will receive IV fluids. While you are having the procedure done, they will closely monitor your heart rate due to the chemicals being used. An applicator is used to apply carbonic acid, which is also known as phenol. Since phenol can affect some organs in your body, the deep chemical peel is done in 15 minute sessions to limit exposure to the chemical.


Depending on which peel you receive, you’ll be able to notice differences. The more times you receive a peel, the more noticeable they start to become. A deep peel will have the most dramatic effect. With all chemical peels your skin will become sensitive. It is important to use protection when outside.

Wanting to try a chemical peel?

Back To Basics offers a variety of skin care treatments, including chemical peels. Give us a call at 806-322-3706 to receive more info or book an appointment for any of our services.