chemical peel

Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments designed to improve skin appearance on the face, neck, or hands. We offer Jessners, TCA, and Glycolic acid peels in our Medical Spa.

  1. During the procedure, a peel solution is applied to the skin, causing it to exfoliate and peel off. The new skin that replaces it is usually smoother, less wrinkled, and may have less damage than the old skin.
  2. This treatment has several advantages over other treatments available in medical spas. These include deep exfoliation, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, acne and acne scarring treatment, and reduction of hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and age spots.
  3. Compared to surgical procedures, these peel treatments are minimally invasive. They offer significant improvements without the need for cuts or incisions.
  4. These peels are available in various strengths and types (light, medium, and deep peels), allowing for customization based on the individual’s skin type, concerns, and desired results. Light and medium peels usually have a short recovery time compared to more invasive procedures, and people can often return to their normal activities immediately or within a few days.
  5. Despite offering significant improvements in skin appearance, these peel treatments can be more cost-effective than other more invasive cosmetic procedures.
  6. It’s important to note that not everyone may be suitable for these peels. The choice between a peel treatment and other treatments should be based on an individual’s skin type, specific skin issues, and desired outcomes. Consulting with a doctor or a professional at a medical spa can help determine the most appropriate treatment plan.


What are the different peels that you provide?

We provide Jessners peel, TCA peel and Glycolic acid peels. The differences between Jessners peel, TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) peel, and a peel that combines 50% Glycolic Acid with 12% Hydroquinone and 8% Kojic Acid primarily rely on their ingredients, depth of application, primary purpose, and the specific skin concerns they address. Allow me to explain each of these in detail:

Jessners Peel

  • It is a peel that combines lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol in an ethanol solution and is referred to as a combination peel. Each component of this peel targets different skin layers and aspects.
  • This peel is classified as a medium-depth peel in terms of its depth of penetration. However, the extent of its penetration can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the number of layers applied.
  • This peel is known for its effectiveness in treating acne, oily skin, mild to moderate hyperpigmentation, and fine surface wrinkles. It works by unclogging the pores, reducing oil production, and enhancing the overall texture and tone of the skin.

30% TCA Peel

 The peel is made up of Trichloroacetic Acid, which is a non-harmful chemical. We use 30% TCA peel. The 30% concentration is a medium to deep peel and is capable of penetrating the upper to mid-dermis.

The 30% TCA peel, are effective for treating moderate skin imperfections such as deeper wrinkles, sun damage, pigment irregularities, and acne scars. They offer more significant results than light peels but come with a higher risk of side effects and a longer recovery time than lighter peels, though not as extensive as those associated with very deep peels.

Trichloroacetic Acid works by causing the uppermost layer of cells to dry up and peel off. The depth of penetration of this peel can range from medium to deep. The concentration of TCA used determines the depth of penetration.

The peel has a variety of applications.

  • It can be used to treat severe sun damage, deeper wrinkles, moderate lines, and pigmentation issues.
  • The peel aids in the production of collagen and elastin. This results in firmer and more youthful-looking skin.

It’s important to consult with a skincare professional to determine if a 30% TCA peel is appropriate for your skin type and concerns, as well as to understand the pre-care and post-care requirements for optimal outcomes and recovery.

50% Glycolic Acid Peel with 12% Hydroquinone and 8% Kojic acid Peel

This peel is made up of Glycolic Acid, Hydroquinone, and Kojic Acid, which are all skin-lightening agents.

  • The depth of penetration of these peels generally ranges from superficial to medium, depending on the concentration used.
  • The 50% concentration of Glycolic Acid is considered to be a potent peel that can renew the skin.
  • The primary purpose of this combination is to address pigmentation issues like sun spots, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
  • Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid are both effective in reducing melanin production, which can help to lighten dark spots and even out skin tone.

Key Differences between these peels

  • The depth and intensity of Jessners and TCA peels can vary, with TCA potentially penetrating deeper. Even at a high concentration, Glycolic Acid peels are generally shallower than high-concentration TCA peels.
  • Jessners peel is great for mild pigmentation and acne, while TCA peels are more versatile, targeting deeper wrinkles and scars.
  • The Glycolic Acid peel with Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid is designed to treat hyperpigmentation and achieve an even skin tone.
  • These peels have unique compositions that make them suitable for different skin concerns. The addition of Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid to a Glycolic Acid peel targets skin lightening, which is not a primary focus of Jessners or TCA peels.

When choosing between these peels, it’s crucial to consider your specific skin concerns, desired outcomes, and any potential sensitivities or contraindications. A consultation with a skincare professional or doctor is advised to determine the most suitable peel for your skin type and goals.


What are the common skin conditions treated using chemical peels?

Chemical peels come in various types, each intended to target specific skin issues. The list below outlines some common skin concerns that can be improved with these peels:

Jessners Peel

  • The treatment utilizes salicylic acid to reduce acne and acne scars by unclogging pores and breaking down oils. Additionally, it minimizes the appearance of acne scars.
  • Individuals with oily skin may find this peel beneficial as it regulates oil production, leading to less greasy skin.
  • The peel is effective in treating mild to moderate hyperpigmentation, including age spots, sun spots, and melasma, by exfoliating and renewing the skin surface.
  • One of the benefits of this peel is that it removes the outer layers of skin, promoting a smoother texture, which can also minimize fine lines and surface wrinkles.
  • For those with a dull complexion, the peel can rejuvenate the skin, resulting in a more radiant appearance.

30% TCA Peel

  • This particular peel is effective in treating moderate to severe hyperpigmentation issues that are more significant than those that can be addressed by Jessner’s peel.
  • By using higher concentrations, this peel can penetrate deeper into the skin, which stimulates collagen production and targets deeper wrinkles and fine lines.
  • These peels are useful in treating sun damage, such as actinic keratosis and other precancerous lesions, by eliminating the damaged outer skin layers.
  • These peels are ideal for promoting skin regeneration and improving scarring, including facial scars and acne scars.
  • Although it is not their primary use, these peels can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks to a certain extent.

50% Glycolic Acid Peel with 12% Hydroquinone and 8% Kojic acid peel

  • The treatment of melasma can be highly effective when combining these ingredients, which are known for their ability to reduce patches of discolored skin.
  • If you have dark spots resulting from skin injuries like acne, this peel can be a great solution as it can effectively lighten post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
  • Do you have sun spots or age spots that make your skin look uneven? The peel can help reduce their appearance and lead to a more even skin tone.
  • Freckles can be caused by genetics or sun exposure, but the peel can help lighten them and give your skin a more even appearance.
  • If you’re experiencing dull skin or uneven skin texture, this peel is a great option. Glycolic Acid helps to exfoliate the skin’s surface, while Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid work together to brighten your complexion.

Key Points to Consider

  • Jessners Peel is a great choice for individuals with oily or acne-prone skin, as it can also help to alleviate mild pigmentation and texture issues.
  • TCA Peel is a versatile option that can be used to treat deeper wrinkles and scars, as well as significant sun damage and pigmentation problems. It’s a good choice for those seeking more intensive rejuvenation.
  • Glycolic Acid Peel with Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid is an especially formulated peel that targets hyperpigmentation and skin lightening. It’s especially effective for people with uneven skin tone, melasma, and sun spots.

It’s worth noting that the effectiveness of these peels can vary depending on individual skin types and conditions. It’s recommended that you consult with an expert to determine the most suitable peel and to customize a treatment plan for optimal results.


How many sessions of chemical peel is needed for the common skin conditions?

Various factors such as the severity of the condition, the individual’s skin type, and their response to treatment can impact the number of sessions needed to manage typical conditions. The subsequent section provides a concise overview of each peel type.

Jessners Peel

Common skin issues that are usually dealt with include acne, mild to moderate hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and uneven skin texture.

  • To see significant improvement, it is generally advised to undergo 3 to 6 treatment sessions, with intervals of 4 to 6 weeks between each session.
  • In order to maintain the results, follow-up treatments may be necessary every few months.

TCA Peel

Treatment can aid with a range of issues such as moderate wrinkles, significant sun damage, acne scars, and more pronounced hyperpigmentation.

  • The number of sessions needed for the treatment will depend on the individual case.
  • In the case of deep TCA peels, it is often recommended to have a single treatment due to their intensity and the significant recovery time required.

However, deep peels are relatively uncommon, mainly because of the higher risk of side effects and longer downtime associated with the treatment.

50% Glycolic Acid Peel with 12% Hydroquinone and 8% Kojic acid Peel

Typically, chemical peels are used to treat skin conditions such as severe hyperpigmentation, melasma, and sunspots

  • To significantly lighten hyperpigmentation, a series of 4 to 6 sessions is generally recommended, with each session spaced 4 weeks apart
  • The number of sessions required can vary depending on the severity of the pigmentation and the skin’s response to the chemical peel. 

To maintain the lightening effect, maintenance treatments may be necessary, especially if the underlying cause of the pigmentation, such as sun exposure, is not controlled.

Key Points

The frequency of necessary sessions for a chemical peel can vary greatly from person to person.

  • A qualified skincare specialist like Dr Garg can devise a personalized treatment plan that takes into account your specific skin type, condition, and desired results. They can adjust the plan based on your skin’s response to the initial sessions.
  • Consistent follow-up treatments can help maintain the effects of a chemical peel and address any new or recurring skin issues.

It is important to adhere to the guidance of a skincare expert and comply with the aftercare instructions to minimize risks and facilitate the healing process. Proper skincare practices, including protecting your skin from the sun, are essential for preserving the benefits of any chemical peel treatment.


How to prepare for chemical peel treatment?

Below is the summary of pre-care instructions for this treatment:

  1. Shield your skin from direct sunlight exposure and sunburn for at least one week prior to your peel if you have sun-damaged or tanned skin.
  2. Stop using retinoids, exfoliating agents (such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid), and any products containing benzoyl peroxide or sulfur for around a week before the peel to prevent skin sensitivity and potential excessive peeling or irritation.
  3.  Share your skin history with your skincare practitioner, including any history of cold sores, facial warts, or recent cosmetic treatments.
  4. Keep your skin well-hydrated in the days leading up to your peel to help moisturized skin react better to chemical peels and heal faster.
  5. Avoid waxing, depilating, or using hair removal creams on the treatment area for at least one week before your peel to prevent skin irritation.
  6. Smoking should be avoided before and after your peel to optimize skin recovery and results since it can impair healing.
  7. Inform your skin care professional about all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements.
  8. Avoid cosmetic injections, laser treatments, and other skin procedures for a period before your chemical peel, as suggested by your skincare professional.
  9. Have gentle, hydrating skincare products available for use after your peel, including a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
  10. If you’re undergoing a medium or deep peel, or if you have sensitive skin, your practitioner might recommend a consultation and a patch test to assess how your skin responds to the peeling solution.

By following these pre-care instructions, you can help ensure that your skin is in the best possible condition for a chemical peel, resulting in more effective outcomes and a smoother recovery process.


What can I expect post a chemical peel treatment?

The anticipated outcome of the treatment can vary based on the degree of the peel, ranging from light to medium or deep. Nevertheless, there are similar expectations and care instructions for all types. After getting a peel treatment, here’s what you can typically expect:


Immediate Post-Peel Effects

  • Redness and sensitivity are common symptoms that may be observed in the skin after treatment, similar to sunburn. The intensity and duration of these symptoms depend on the depth of the peel. 
  • Peeling usually starts a few days after the treatment. Mild flaking may occur with light peels, while moderate and deep peels can cause more noticeable peeling that can last from several days to over a week. 
  • During the peeling process, you may experience a sensation of tightness and itching due to the shedding of old skin. It’s important to avoid manually peeling or scratching the flaking skin to prevent scarring.


Care and Recovery

  • Moisturizing: It is important to keep your skin hydrated. To soothe and hydrate the skin, use a mild, fragrance-free moisturizer. Your skincare specialist will suggest appropriate products.
  • Sun Protection: After the peel, your skin will be more susceptible to sun damage. Stay away from direct sunlight as much as possible, and every day, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, reapplying as required.
  • Avoid Certain Products and Activities: As advised by your practitioner, avoid using exfoliants, retinoids, and other possibly irritating skincare products for a specified period. Also, to prevent irritation, avoid strenuous exercise, saunas, and anything that might cause excessive sweating for the first few days.
  • Gentle Skin Care Routine: Use a gentle cleanser and avoid scrubbing or using hot water on your face. Gently pat your skin dry without rubbing.
  • Follow-Up Care: Depending on the kind of peel, follow-up visits may be required to monitor your healing process and administer post-peel treatments if required.


Healing Time

  • Light peels typically require a recovery period of around 4-7 days with minimal downtime. During this time, you should be able to continue with your regular daily activities without any issues.
  • Medium peels usually require a recovery period of approximately 7-14 days. During the initial days of the recovery period, it’s recommended that you stay indoors as the peeling is most intense.
  • Deep peels require the most downtime. The recovery period for deep peels can extend up to several weeks. It’s important to carefully monitor the skin during this time to manage the healing process and prevent complications.



It is important to note that the results of a skin peel may vary based on the type of peel used. While some results, such as brighter skin, may be noticeable immediately after the peeling process has ended, other benefits, particularly those of medium and deep peels, such as reduced wrinkles and scars, may take several months to fully manifest as the skin heals and collagen production is stimulated.


Side Effects and Risks

Chemical peels are usually safe, but they can have side effects. Deeper peels are especially risky and can lead to infection, scarring, changes in skin coloration, and allergic reactions. You can minimize these risks by following pre and post-care instructions carefully and choosing an experienced practitioner.

After getting a chemical peel, it’s important to follow your skincare specialist’s instructions to ensure your skin heals properly. This will give you the best possible outcome.


What all conditions needs additional consultation and precaution before going for chemical peel treatment?

Discuss your medical history and current health status with your skincare professional before undergoing this treatment, as certain conditions can increase the risk of adverse reactions.

  • Active herpes simplex (cold sores), warts, open wounds, psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis in the treatment area can increase the risk of complications.
  • If you have used Isotretinoin (Accutane) within the past six months to a year, you may be at a significantly higher risk of scarring and other adverse effects, as it can impact skin healing and regeneration.
  • During pregnancy and breastfeeding, hormonal changes can affect skin sensitivity and healing, and certain chemicals used in peels have not been established as safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.
  • If you have a tendency to form keloids or hypertrophic scars, you may experience abnormal scarring after a peel. Additionally, if you have recently undergone cosmetic treatments such as laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, or fillers in the treatment area, you may be at a higher risk of complications if the skin has not fully healed.
  • Sunburned skin or skin that has been significantly exposed to the sun prior to the peel can be more prone to adverse reactions, including uneven pigmentation.
  • Medications such as topical retinoids, antibiotics, or medications that increase photosensitivity can affect the skin’s response to this treatment.
  • Allergic reactions to the chemical agents used in the peel itself or to pre/post-treatment products are also possible.
  • Individuals with darker skin types are at a higher risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) or hypopigmentation following this treatment.
  • Conditions such as lupus, scleroderma, or other autoimmune disorders can affect healing and increase the risk of complications.
  • Use of waxing or depilatory products can increase skin sensitivity and should be avoided in the treatment area for a specified period before and after the peel.

To minimize the risk of adverse reactions, it is crucial to provide your skincare professional with a detailed medical history and to follow all pre- and post-care instructions. A qualified professional can help determine whether this treatment is suitable for you, considering any potential risks based on your specific conditions or health status.


Why choose Onestop Aesthetic Travel and Wellness Center for your aesthetic procedure like Chemical Peel?

The doctor herself or someone closely supervised by Dr. Anuja Garg performs most of the procedures at Onestop Aesthetic Travel and Wellness Center. Dr. Anuja Garg, our clinic’s doctor, has received Aesthetic Medicine training from the American Board of Aesthetic Medicine, and is certified by the board in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. With over 15 years of experience treating patients, she has the expertise to handle any complications that may arise. Therefore, you can be confident that you are in capable hands when receiving treatment at Onestop Aesthetic Travel and Wellness Center.

How much does it cost to get one session of the chemical peel?

You can check our prices on this page.


What other treatments do you provide at your clinic?

We provide a plethora of aesthetic treatments including Botox, Dermal Fillers, Laser skin resurfacing. You can check the complete list on this page.


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