chemical peel

Chemical peels are a type of cosmetic treatment that aims to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, or hands. Our Medical Spa offers Jessners, TCA, and Glycolic acid peels.

  • The process involves applying a peel solution to the skin, which causes 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.
  • Chemical peels have several advantages over other treatments available in medical spas, including deep exfoliation, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, treatment of acne and acne scarring, and reduction of hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and age spots.
  • Compared to surgical procedures, chemical peel treatments are minimally invasive and offer significant improvements without the need for cuts or incisions.
  • Our Medical Spa offers various strengths and types of chemical peels, including light, medium, and deep peels, which allows us to customize the treatment based on the individual’s skin type, concerns, and desired results.
  • Light and medium peels usually have a shorter recovery time than more invasive procedures, and people can often return to their normal activities immediately or within a few days.
  • Chemical peel treatments can be more cost-effective than other more invasive cosmetic procedures despite offering significant improvements in skin appearance.

However, 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. To determine the most appropriate treatment plan, it’s best to consult with a doctor or a professional at a medical spa.


What are the different peels that you provide?

We provide Jessners peelTCA peel, and Glycolic acid peels. The primary differences between Jessner’s peel, TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) peel, and a peel that combines 50% Glycolic Acid with 12% Hydroquinone and 8% Kojic Acid are based on their ingredients, application depth, intended purpose, and targeted skin concerns. Let me explain each of these in detail:

Jessners Peel

  • A combination peel is created by blending lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol in an ethanol solution. 
  • This Peel targets different skin layers and aspects, with each component designed to have a specific effect.
  • This Peel is classified as a medium-depth peel because of its depth of penetration. 
  • However, the extent of its penetration can be customized by adjusting the number of layers applied.
  • This Peel is renowned for its ability to treat acne, oily skin, mild to moderate hyperpigmentation, and fine surface wrinkles
  • It operates by unclogging the pores, decreasing oil production, and improving the overall texture and tone of the skin.

30% TCA Peel

 The chemical used in the Peel is Trichloroacetic Acid, which is safe for use. A medium to deep penetration peel is achieved using 30% TCA. The 30% concentration is effective for treating moderate skin imperfections, such as acne scars, pigment irregularities, sun damage, and deeper wrinkles

Compared to light peels, it provides more significant results but carries a higher risk of side effects and requires a longer recovery period. However, its recovery time is shorter than that of very deep peels.

Trichloroacetic Acid works by causing the outermost layer of cells to dry up and peel off. The depth of penetration is determined by the TCA concentration used. The Peel has many applications, including the treatment of moderate lines, severe sun damage, deeper wrinkles, and pigmentation issues. It stimulates collagen and elastin production, resulting in firmer, more youthful skin.

To achieve optimal outcomes and recovery, it is crucial to seek advice from a skincare specialist. They can determine if a 30% TCA peel is appropriate for your skin type and concerns and provide guidance on pre-care and post-care requirements.

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

This Peel combines Glycolic Acid, Hydroquinone, and Kojic Acid, all of which are skin-lightening agents. Depending on the concentration used, the degree of penetration can vary from shallow to moderate.

  • A 50% concentration of Glycolic Acid is a strong peel that can rejuvenate the skin.
  • This blend’s primary objective is to address pigmentation problems such as sun spots, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
  • Both Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid are effective at reducing melanin production, which can aid in the lightening of dark spots and the evening out of skin tone.

Key Differences between these peels

The depth and strength of Jessners and TCA peels can differ, with TCA potentially reaching further into the skin. Even when the concentration is high, Glycolic Acid peels usually do not go as deep as high-concentration TCA peels.

  • Jessner’s Peel is ideal for mild acne and pigmentation, while TCA peels are more flexible and target more profound wrinkles and scars.
  • The Glycolic Acid peel combined with Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid is formulated to treat hyperpigmentation and achieve an even skin tone. These peels have unique compositions that make them useful for different skin concerns. Adding Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid to a Glycolic Acid peel targets skin lightening, a goal not emphasized in Jessners or TCA peels.

When selecting between these peels, it’s vital to consider your specific skin concerns, desired outcomes, and any potential sensitivities or contraindications. A consultation with a skincare professional or doctor is recommended 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 designed to target specific skin concerns.

Jessner’s Peel

  • This Peel is beneficial for oily skin. It reduces acne and acne scars by using salicylic acid to unclog pores and break down oils.
  • It regulates oil production and exfoliates the skin surface to minimize age spots, sun spots, and melasma.
  • The Peel removes the outer layers of skin, leading to a smoother texture and minimizing fine lines and surface wrinkles. It can rejuvenate dull complexions, resulting in a more radiant appearance.

30% TCA Peel

  • This 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, stimulating collagen production and targeting deeper wrinkles and fine lines.
  • It’s useful in treating sun damage, such as actinic keratosis and other precancerous lesions, and improving scarring, including facial scars and acne scars. These peels can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks to a certain extent.

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

  • This Peel combines ingredients that are known for their ability to reduce patches of discolored skin, making it highly effective in treating melasma.
  • It can lighten post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) caused by skin injuries like acne and reduce the appearance of sun spots, age spots, and freckles, giving your skin a more even tone and texture.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of these peels depends on individual skin types and conditions. It’s recommended to consult an expert to determine the most suitable Peel and customize a treatment plan for optimal results.

Key points to consider

  • Jessner’s Peel is a great choice for oily or acne-prone skin, mild pigmentation, and texture issues.
  • TCA Peel is a versatile option for deeper wrinkles, scars, sun damage, and significant pigmentation problems.
  • Glycolic Acid Peel with Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid is specially formulated for hyperpigmentation and skin lightening, making it effective for uneven skin tone, melasma, and sun spots.


How many sessions of chemical peel are needed?

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


Jessners Peel

This Peel is typically used to address common skin issues like acne, mild to moderate hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and uneven skin texture. To achieve significant improvement, it is generally recommended to undergo 3 to 6 treatment sessions, with intervals of 4 to 6 weeks between each session. Follow-up treatments may be necessary every few months to maintain the results.


TCA Peel

This Peel can help treat a variety of issues, such as moderate wrinkles, significant sun damage, acne scars, and more pronounced hyperpigmentation. The number of sessions needed for treatment will depend on the individual case. Deep TCA peels usually require a single treatment due to their intensity and the significant recovery time required. However, deep peels are relatively uncommon due to the increased risk of side effects and longer downtime associated with the treatment.


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

This Peel is typically used to treat severe hyperpigmentation, melasma, and sunspots. To significantly lighten hyperpigmentation, a series of 4 to 6 sessions is generally recommended, with each session spaced four 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. Maintenance treatments may be necessary to maintain the lightening effect, particularly if the underlying cause of the pigmentation, such as sun exposure, is not controlled.


Key considerations

  • The frequency of necessary sessions for a chemical peel can vary significantly from person to person. A qualified skincare specialist like Dr Garg can develop a personalized treatment plan that considers 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.
  • To minimize risks and facilitate the healing process, it is critical to follow the guidance of a skincare expert and comply with the aftercare instructions.
  • 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?

Please keep in mind the following pre-care instructions for this treatment:

  • If your skin is sun-damaged or tanned, make sure to avoid direct sunlight exposure and sunburn for at least one week before your Peel.
  • To prevent skin sensitivity or irritation and avoid excessive peeling, stop using exfoliating agents like glycolic or salicylic acid, retinoids, and products containing sulfur or benzoyl peroxide for about a week before the Peel.
  • Share your skin history with your skincare practitioner, including any recent cosmetic treatments, facial warts, or cold sores that you may have had.
  • In the days before your Peel, keep your skin well-hydrated with moisturizers to help it react better to chemical peels and heal faster.
  • To prevent skin irritation, avoid using hair removal creams, depilating, or waxing on the treatment area for at least a week before your Peel.
  • If you want to optimize your skin recovery and results, avoid smoking before and after your Peel since it can impair healing.
  • Provide your skin care professional with a list of all medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements.
  • As recommended by your skincare professional, avoid cosmetic injections, laser treatments, and other skin procedures for a period before your chemical peel.
  • Have gentle, hydrating skincare products available for use after your Peel, such as a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • If your skin is sensitive or you’re undergoing a medium or deep peel, your skincare professional may suggest 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 after a chemical peel treatment?

The outcome expected from the treatment can differ depending on the degree of the Peel, which can be light, medium, or deep. However, the expectations and care instructions are similar for all types. Here’s what you can generally anticipate after receiving a peel treatment:


Immediate Post-Peel Effects

  • After treatment, redness and sensitivity are typical symptoms that may appear in the skin, similar to sunburn. The intensity and duration of these symptoms may vary depending on the depth of the Peel.
  • Peeling usually begins after a few days of treatment. Light peels may cause mild flaking, while moderate and deep peels can cause more visible peeling that can last for over a week.
  • During the peeling process, you may experience a feeling of tightness and itching due to the shedding of old skin. To avoid scarring, it’s crucial to avoid manually peeling or scratching the flaking skin.


Care and Recovery

  • Moisturizing: Keeping your skin hydrated is critical. Use a mild, fragrance-free moisturizer to soothe and hydrate your skin. Your skincare specialist will recommend 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 recommended 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, avoid scrubbing or using hot water on your face, and 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 provide post-peel treatments if required.


Healing Time

  • Light peels usually have a recovery period of approximately 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 about 7-14 days. During the early days of the recovery period, it’s recommended that you stay indoors as the peeling is most intense.
  • Deep peels have the most downtime. The recovery period may last several weeks. It’s important to monitor the skin carefully during this time to manage the healing process and prevent complications.



It’s important to note that the results of a skin peel may differ 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 generally 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 receiving a chemical peel, it’s important to follow your skincare specialist’s instructions to ensure your skin heals properly. This will ensure the best possible outcome.


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

Before undergoing this treatment, it is important to discuss your medical history and current health status with your skincare professional, as certain conditions can increase the risk of adverse reactions.

  • Complications may arise if the treatment area has active herpes simplex (cold sores), warts, open wounds, psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis.
  • 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.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect skin sensitivity and healing. Certain chemicals used in peels have not been established as safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.
  • If you tend 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.
  • If your skin has been sunburned or significantly exposed to the sun prior to the Peel, it can be more prone to adverse reactions, including uneven pigmentation.
  • The skin’s response to this treatment can be affected by medications such as topical retinoids, antibiotics, or medications that increase photosensitivity.
  • 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.
  • Healing can be affected, and the risk of complications can be increased if you have conditions such as lupus, scleroderma, or other autoimmune disorders.
  • The use of waxing or depilatory products in the treatment area can increase skin sensitivity and should be avoided 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 wide range of aesthetic treatments, including Botox, Dermal Fillers, and Laser skin resurfacing. The complete list is on this page.


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