Are all Face Peels the same?

By November 22, 2018 February 7th, 2019 Professional resources

In short, no. There are many types of peels, starting from enzyme peels and chemical peels and range from different strengths.

Types of Peels

Enzyme Peels

Enzyme peels are derived from natural active ingredients mainly found in fruit extracts, for example, pomegranate and papaya. Enzyme peels are gentle on the skin and work to break up the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. This type of peel don’t contain acids and is safe to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, however, it is always best to talk to the professional prior to the treatment.

Chemical Peels

There are three types of chemical peels which are classified according to the depth of the skin in which they penetrate;

  • Superficial Peels
  • Medium Depth Peels
  • Deep Peels

Within each type of chemical peel also sit various brands of peels, for example, The Perfect Peel, which is considered a medium depth chemical peel. Each peel brand offers different formulas and therefore different results and downtime length etc. so be sure to fully research into each type of peel and brands before going any further. Many clinics and professionals offer free consultations and will analyse your skin and offer their advice on which type of chemical peel, if any, would be best for you and your skin.

Superficial Peels

Superficial peels are the mildest type of chemical peel, often nicknamed the ‘lunch-time’ peel, superficial peels require no downtime. They are a light peel that treat the surface of the skin, penetrating only the epidermal layers without going beyond the basal layer and are generally Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid or Salicylic Acid based.




Superficial peels are left on the skin for a few minutes and you may feel a slight tingling sensation on the treatment area. Generally, this type of peel may leave skin feeling tight for a few hours after the treatment and cause very little to no peeling.

Superficial chemical peels are better suited for those who have dry skin, light acne or fine wrinkling.

Medium Depth Peels

Medium depth chemical peels, often include to as TCA peels, penetrate the upper reticular dermis, treating both the surface of the skin and into the uppermost layer of the epidermis, the basal cell layer.




Varying by brand, medium depth peels are either left on the skin for as little as 15 minutes or for up to six hours or longer, depending on the desired result. Medium depth peels generally do cause the skin to peel, typically starting 48 hours after treatment and lasts for 5 – 7 days.

Medium depth chemical peels are better suited for those who have wrinkles, open pores, acne, acne scars,  and uneven skin colour.

The Perfect Peel is considered a medium depth peel that causes a slight stinging sensation on the first application, should be left on for at least six hours as it’s self limiting and self neutralising peel and does cause the skin to peel.

Deep Peels

Deep chemical peels are the most aggressive of skin peels, they have dramatic results and only one treatment is required for results that can last for up to 10 years. The chemical Phenol is the base of deep chemical peels which treats down to the lower dermal layer of the skin.




A sedative and a local anaesthetic are given prior to a deep chemical peel treatment to help relax and numb your face.

Due to the strength of deep chemical peels, the treatment is performed under carefully monitored conditions (heart and blood pressure) as phenol can cause dangerous effects on the heart and kidneys, especially if the patient has history of heart disease.

Deep chemical peels are better suited for those who have deep facial wrinkles, extremely sun damaged skin, scars or even pre-cancerous growths and have a down-time of approximately 2 weeks.


Not all peels are the same, there are many different types and strengths of peels. Ranging from natural enzyme peels, to varying types of chemical peels, each offering different treatments, reaching various depths of the skin and for different needs and results.

Free Consultation

Many professionals offer a free consultation, if you are unsure which type of peel would be best suited to your skin and needs, speak with a professional.

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