When is the best time to have a Chemical Peel?

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

Not exactly, you could potentially have a chemical peel at anytime of the year

The Best Time of Year to Have a Chemical Peel

Although we have our skin on show more within the summer months, believe it or not, the Autumn / Winter months are the best time to have a Chemical Peel. This is mainly due to there being less sun in the Autumn and Winter months. We like to call this period, Peel Season!

After having a Chemical Peel, you should limit your skin’s exposure to the sun for better recovery as your skin will be sensitive and vulnerable.

Does that mean I can’t have a Chemical Peel any other time of the year?

No, it doesn’t mean that. You can have a Chemical Peel whatever time of year you want, providing your skin is suitable. Many clinics provide a free consultation to analyse your skin and discuss chemical peels and other treatments that may also be suitable for you.

As everyone is individual and so is their skin, if you are struggling with acne or acne scarring (as an example) and don’t want to wait till the Autumn / Winter months, you can still have a chemical peel. You simply have to take more precautions in the spring and summer months to ensure you aren’t exposing your skin to the sun.

The Science

Chemical Peels are available in different strengths; superficial, medium and deep. The Perfect Peel is considered a medium depth peel and is effective at delivering a vast improvement with just one treatment.


The outermost epidermal layer (top layer of the skin) of the skin, named the Stratum Corneum, is a skin defence barrier and is responsible for looking after the underlying tissue from the external environment. This layer of skin is responsible for preventing the penetration of UV rays, infection and dehydration.

Chemical Peels remove the Stratum Corneum layer of the skin which in turn leads to the renewal of the dermal matrix. Due to this, exposing your skin to the sun soon after your chemical peel treatment could potentially lead to pigmentation issues including hyperpigmentation and sun spots. Therefore, harming the recovery of your skin after having a chemical peel.


So to summarise, yes, Autumn / Winter is a better time of the year to have a Chemical Peel from a recovery point of view, due to sun exposure. However, this shouldn’t stop you from having the treatment any other time of the year if you are able to manage your skin’s exposure to the sun.

Your post-treatment actions after having a chemical peel can affect your final result. If you are venturing outside and exposing your skin to the sun within days 3-5 post peel, we recommend using a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every 2 hours.

Find a Perfect Peel Trained Professional / Clinic Near You

Many professionals offer a free consultation. Our accredited professionals of The Perfect Peel® perform Chemical Peels throughout various times of the year. To find your nearest clinic offering The Perfect Peel®, visit our Clinics page.