Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels


This process includes the application of exfoliating agents to produce a controlled partial thickness injury with the intent of improving skin colour and texture. Sun damaged layers are removed and replaced with newer, more normalized tissues.

Improvements can be made in pigmentation disorders such as freckling, lentigines, superficial melasma and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation as well as inflammatory acne and fine wrinkling and dull skin with coarse texture.

Please note you will need 6 weeks skin preparation before having your peel. To book in for your consult and skin preparation analysis please call (02) 49 43 3232

There are three main peels we offer at Charlestown Cosmetic Medicine:

Lactic Peel

This peel is great for all skin types and conditions and is a great starting point. Derived from milk acid, this peel provides deep exfoliating and hydrating action. No down time is required, and the result is a bright, clear and refreshed complexion. Combat dehydration, aging, congestion and dull skin with our 30% and 50% peels

Jessner Peel

This peel contains salicylic acid, lactic acid and resorcinol.

This is a safe, superficial peel which treats the epidermis. The salicylic acid is particularly good for acne as it loosens the adhesion between skin cells, opening up pores and blackheads as well as clarifying the complexion in the process.

It will result in more flaking and redness than the fruit acid peels performed by our beauticians. The expected downtime is under one week. 

We aim to freshen the complexion and reduce blackheads, blemishes, pigmentation and acne scars.

TCA Peel

If your skin condition requires additional deep treatments, Trichloroacetic Acid 30% can be layered over a Jessner peel.

This stronger agent will reach into the dermis for a moderately deep result.

Your “downtime” is longer - maybe one up to two weeks - but the results are correspondingly better.

Side Effects

Superficial and moderate peels are generally safe. The initial redness, scaling and peeling are expected responses to the skin injury. The risk of bacterial infection can be minimised by careful skin care, hand washing and the use of antiviral medications for those prone to cold sores. Dr Lee will write you a prescription if need be. Picking at flaky skin is an absolute no-no. Hyperpigmentation (brown marks) can occur more commonly in darker skin types and in those who have previously experienced scars which darken. The preparatory use of skin bleaching medications will help to switch off your pigment cells and prevent this from occurring.

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