Chemical Peel Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin on the face, neck, or hands by producing a controlled injury to the skin. It involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the outermost layers of skin to peel away, revealing smoother, younger-looking skin underneath. Peels can help to improve many skin concerns such as texture, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles and more.

Are the peels sold here professional strength?

Our peels are professional grade, unbuffered peels.

Who Can Use a Chemical Peel?

Just about anyone can get a chemical peel, but whether or not they are suitable for a particular person depends on several factors, including skin type, skin concerns, and overall health.

Who Shouldn’t Use a Chemical Peel?

You should NOT use a skin peel if:

  • You are currently taking antibiotics, accutane or oral steroids or if you have done so within the past year.
  • You have a tendency to form keloid scars.
  • You have previously experienced cold sores on the mouth or face or have a health condition that affects your immune system or your body’s ability to heal.
  • You are undergoing cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and/or radiation.
  • You have been treated with a hair removal system the past two days.
  • If you are pregnant or nursing.

Which Peel is Right for Me??

Chemical peels are used to address various skin concerns and the suitability of a chemical peel for an individual depends on their specific skin type, skin concerns, and overall health. Take our quiz to answer some simple questions about your skin's needs and goals to get a personalized recommendation.

Can men use chemical peels?

Yes, men can definitely use chemical peels. The suitability of a chemical peel for an individual depends on their specific skin type, skin concerns, and overall health, rather than gender.

Can I use a chemical peel on other parts of my body?

Chemical peels can be used on the body, however you will want to avoid the genital area. Typically the skin on the body is much thicker than the face, so you may want to consult with our estheticians to see the best fit for you.

Can peels can be used to remove tattoos or stretch marks?

Chemical peels are not typically used to remove tattoos or stretch marks. Both tattoos and stretch marks involve deeper layers of skin and pigment that extend beyond the reach of most chemical peels. While chemical peels can be effective for improving the appearance of the skin's surface, they do not penetrate deep enough to break down tattoo ink or significantly reduce the appearance of mature stretch marks.

How many layers does the skin consist of?


The skin is composed of several layers, and chemical peels are designed to exfoliate or remove some of these layers to address specific skin concerns.

The epidermis (outermost layer) is the top layer of the skin, and it's where many common skin issues like acne, fine lines, and uneven pigmentation are located. Superficial chemical peels, such as those using alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), primarily target the epidermis. They work by removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells, which can improve skin texture and color, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and address mild acne.

The dermis (middle layer) contains collagen and elastin fibers, which provide the skin with strength, structure, and elasticity. Medium-depth chemical peels, using stronger acids like trichloroacetic acid (TCA), can penetrate into the dermis. These peels can effectively treat more moderate skin concerns, including deeper wrinkles, acne scars, and more significant hyperpigmentation. Chemical peels are generally not designed to reach the subcutaneous tissue, which is the deepest layer of the skin. This layer contains fat cells and blood vessels and is well below the reach of chemical peel solutions.

Are there any peels or exfoliators that help with ingrown hairs?

Keeping skin exfoliated is one of the best ways to minimize ingrown hairs. Because ingrown hairs typically happen when hair becomes trapped beneath a layer of skin (rather than as a result of an oil-clogged pore), glycolic acid is the more effective choice. We recommend trying the Glycolic 10% Daily Exfoliator to help with ingrown hairs or AHA Vitamin C Glycolic 10% Daily Exfoliator if you're also looking to reduce dark spots associated with ingrowns. Our Salicylic 2% could also be effective for a deeper exfoliation of more stubborn ingrowns. Whichever exfoliator you choose, please note you will need to consistently apply it for a few days to break down the ingrown hair.

Are chemical peels painful?

Most people undergoing chemical peels, especially superficial peels like glycolic acid, typically experience a mild tingling or stinging sensation when the chemical solution is applied to the skin. This sensation is usually temporary and subsides within a few minutes as the solution is neutralized or removed. After the chemical peel, you may experience some redness, tightness, and mild discomfort as the skin begins to peel and regenerate. This is normal and can last for several days to a week, depending on the type and depth of the peel.


Can you use a daily exfoliator during the peel process?

Daily exfoliators are a great way to prep the skin beforehand and to maintain your results from your chemical peel, however you will want to wait a full week following a peel to resume to exfoliation.

Can you use any type of cleanser prior to the peel?

We recommend using a gel based cleanser for the best results. Cream based cleansers can tend to leave residue on the skin which may affect the penetration of the peel.

Can you use a peel while taking accutane?

Accutane is a powerful prescription medication used to treat severe and persistent acne which can make the skin more sensitive and fragile. Combining Accutane with chemical peels or other abrasive treatments can increase the risk of adverse effects and complications. It is generally recommended to wait at least six months to one year after completing an Accutane course before considering any invasive skin procedures, including chemical peels. Consult with a qualified dermatologist or your healthcare professional if you have a history of using Accutane.

What do I need to use to apply the peel?

We recommend using gauze pads, cotton rounds or cotton balls, as these materials allow for precise application and control.

Can you layer the peels to make them stronger?

Certain peels may be layered such as Jessner, TCA and our Fusion peel. The strength of the Jessner peel is determined by the number of layers, which can be done up to 8 times for a deep peel. TCA and Fusion peels can be layered up to 3 times. Please follow all directions when layering peels and use caution when applying aggressive peels such as the TCA.

Can the peels be mixed with one another?

We do not recommend mixing or tampering with the peels in any way. Different chemical peel solutions contain various active ingredients at specific concentrations. Combining chemical peel solutions without proper knowledge and expertise can lead to unpredictable and potentially harmful outcomes for your skin.


How many peels will I need to see results?

Chemical peels typically produce noticeable results over a series of treatments, not immediately after a single session. The extent of improvement will depend on the specific skin concerns being addressed and the type and strength of the peel. Typically, it takes between 6-8 chemical peel treatments to see desired results, but it may vary. Chemical peels require patience and a commitment to proper care and maintenance. Even after achieving your desired results, it's important to maintain a skincare routine to prolong the benefits.

What IS "FROSTING" AND WHAT does IT look like?

During a chemical peel, the treated skin may appear to turn white or take on a whitish-grayish hue. This occurs because the acid in the peel solution coagulates and denatures the proteins in the skin's top layer. Some degree of frosting is considered normal and expected with stronger peels. After the peel is complete, the frosted skin will gradually return to its normal color over the next several days. Not everyone will experience frosting, and that is normal too.

What skin care products are recommended to use following a peel?

We recommend using gentle and mild products that hydrate and nourish the skin, as well as sunscreen with SPF 30+. Our Hyaluronic Replenish Serum, Hydra-Plump Hyaluronic Serum 2.5%, Advanced Repair Daily Moisturizer, Hyaluronic Moisture Cream and Youth Restore Firming Ceramide Cream are all great post-peel products that do not contain active ingredients and will support your skin's natural healing process. Visit our Serums & Moisturizers page for more information on these products.

How many peels will I need to see results?

Absolutely! Sunscreen should always be a part of your daily regimen, but especially after performing a chemical peel, as the skin will be much more sensitive to the sun’s rays.

CAN I exercise after the peel?

We recommend avoiding vigorous exercise or activities that cause excessive sweating for at least 48 hours after performing a chemical peel. Increased perspiration can potentially irritate the treated skin, cause discomfort, or hinder the healing process. Additionally, excessive sweating can increase the risk of bacterial infection in the open pores and compromised skin.

Why did I not have any visible peeling after my peel?

If you had a very mild or superficial chemical peel, peeling may be minimal or not noticeable at all. Additionally, everyone's skin responds differently to chemical peels. Even with a stronger peel, some individuals naturally shed their skin more gradually and may not experience visible peeling. The absence of visible peeling does not necessarily mean the peel was ineffective. Chemical peels can still provide benefits by improving skin texture, tone, and addressing specific skin concerns even without significant peeling.



A chemical peel typically does not have any affect on men's facial hair in terms of growth or density. If you have facial hair, you may need to temporarily modify your grooming routine to be more gentle and avoid any potential irritation to the treated area.


Yes, a man with a beard can still receive a chemical peel, although there are some considerations to keep in mind. Since the beard hair can interfere with the direct application of the peel solution and make it difficult to achieve an even application, the peel may be less effective in the areas covered by facial hair. However, the areas of skin that are not covered by the beard can still benefit from the peel.


Yes - Shave at least 24 hours before you plan to perform a chemical peel. Be as gentle as possible to avoid any nicks or cuts that the peel acid can further irritate. Shaving before a chemical peel can actually help improve the effectiveness of the peel, as it ensures the peel solution is better absorbed and evenly applied without the interference of facial hair.


If you have a minor cut or any open wounds, it's best to postpone the chemical peel until the area has fully healed. Chemical peels contain active ingredients that can be highly irritating to broken skin and can potentially lead to further inflammation, pain, and delayed healing. It's important to allow the cut to heal completely before considering any chemical peel or other skin treatments.


Avoid shaving immediately after a chemical peel, especially if the skin is still experiencing post-peel sensitivity or if there is any visible redness, irritation, or flaking. Shaving can potentially further irritate the skin, leading to discomfort, redness, or even small nicks or cuts. The exact time frame for when it is safe to resume shaving will depend on the type and intensity of the peel, as well as individual factors like skin sensitivity and the healing process. After a chemical peel, the skin is in a delicate state, and it's important to allow it time to heal and recover.


It is not recommended to shave any skin that is actively peeling or flaking. To assist with removing any dead skin, we instead suggest incorporating gentle exfoliation into your skincare routine, like our Resurfacing AHA/PHA Exfoliating Scrub or any of our Medpeel Daily Exfoliators.


Who is the best candidate for a glycolic peel?

Glycolic peels are great for addressing fine lines and wrinkles, dull/aging skin, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and hormonal acne.

Will there be any downtime with the glycolic peel?

Glycolic peels are generally considered to have minimal downtime compared to some other types of chemical peels. You may experience mild redness, peeling, or flaking for a few days after the procedure, but most people can resume their regular activities immediately. However, the extent of downtime can vary depending on several factors, including the strength of the peel, your individual skin sensitivity, and how your skin responds to the treatment.

How much peeling will I experience?

You may notice some mild peeling or light flaking of the skin, but the degree of peeling can vary from person to person and can depend on the strength of the peel.


Who is the best candidate for a Jessner Peel?

Jessner peels are great for individuals concerned with acne, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, oily skin, large pores and mild to moderate wrinkles.

Is Jessner safe for all skin tones?

We recommend individuals with medium to dark skintones to use caution when performing Jessner peels due to the increased risk of hyperpigentation. It is advised to start with one layer ONLY during the first treatment and to not apply beyond 4-6 layers during future treatments.

How much peeling will I experience?

The amount of peeling you can expect from a Jessner peel can vary depending on several factors, including the amount of layers applied, your skin type, and your individual skin's response to the treatment. You may experience light to moderate peeling based on these factors.

How many layers can I do with the Jessner?

The Jessner can be layered up to 8 times. 1-3 layers for a light peel, 4-6 layers for a medium peel, 7-8 layers for a deeper peel.


Who is the best candidate for a TCA peel?

TCA peels are good for deeper wrinkles and sagging skin and for fair to medium skin tones.

Is there any downtime with this peel?

Depending on the depth of the peel performed, the recovery time can range from a few days to a week or more.

How often can I repeat this peel?

The TCA peels can be repeated every 2 weeks for the 10% and every 3-4 weeks for the 20%.


WhO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR a salicylic peel?

Salicylic peels are suitable for individuals with acne-prone skin, oily skin, and those seeking to improve skin texture and unclog pores.

What does the downtime look like with salicylic peels?

Salicylic peels generally have minimal downtime. You may experience mild redness and some peeling or flaking for a few days following the peel. Most people can resume their regular activities immediately.


What percent of acid is the Fusion Peel?

The Fusion peel is considered a medium-strength peel and is a specialized blend of various acids and fruit enzymes. This peel can also be layered up to 3 times for a deeper exfoliation, so depending on the depth of the peel performed, the recovery time can range from a few days to a week or more.

Who is the best candidate for the Fusion Peel?

The Fusion Peel can be used by all skin tones and skin types. It is great for addressing uneven skin tone, mild acne, anti-aging, and overall rejuvenation of the skin. It is a great step up for Glycolic Peel users who desire a slightly more aggressive treatment.

Is this peel safe for darker skin tones?

The Fusion peel was designed to be used on all skin tones. Users should always perform a patch test before applying any peel to a large area of skin. First-time Fusion peel users should only apply 1 layer during their initial treatment. Medium to dark skin tones should prep skin with a Daily Exfoliator for a week, stopping 3 days before the peel, to promote the most even application and lessen the risk of hyperpigmentation.

How much peeling will I experience?

Typically, the Fusion Peel Medium Strength will produce light flaking for about 3-7 days. Amount of peeling and recovery time increases if the peel is layered upon application. Each additional layer applied will result in a deeper peel and longer recovery time.

How often can I repeat this peel?

The Fusion Peel Medium strength can be repeated about once every 2-3 weeks.


How often can the AHA/PHA exfoliating scrub be used?

The AHA/PHA exfoliating scrub is recommended to be used at least 2x per week. The gentle, yet effective micro-exfoliators make it suitable for sensitive skin. Discontinue use if there are any adverse reactions.

Can the AHA/PHA scrub be used pre and post peel?

You may cleanse your skin prior to performing your chemical peel with the AHA/PHA scrub, but we do not recommend using it immediately after a peel. Skin is typically very sensitive after a chemical peel and it is recommended to wait at least 3-5 days before using an exfoliator again.

Can the Age Reverse Eye Cream be used AM/PM?

The Age Reverse Eye Cream can be used day or night - preferably twice daily. For daytime use, be sure to finish with SPF 30+.

How many pumps of the serum is advised to use?

Typically, one to two pumps of serum is enough to apply all over the face and neck.

Can I use the dark spot corrector brightening serum daily?

The Dark Spot Corrector Brightening Serum can be used daily, either as an all-over serum, or as a spot treatment on problem areas.

Can I use these products if I’m taking antibiotics?

Antibiotics themselves do not directly affect skincare products when applied externally. However, they can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight and may have a drying effect, so it's essential to be mindful of your skincare routine and consider any potential interactions or sensitivities. Always consult with a healthcare provider or dermatologist if you have specific concerns about using antibiotics alongside skincare products.

Are your products paraben free?

Yes, our products are paraben free

What is the shelf life of these products?

It is recommended to use the product within 90 days after opening. Unopened products kept in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight, can last up to 2 years. Please note that while using older products may not be relatively harmful, the product may have lost some potency and may not be as effective as a newer, fresher product.

Can I use these products On the rest of my body?

Our skincare products were formulated specifically for the face, neck and décolletage and we recommend to use them as directed on the label.

Can the HYDRA-PLUMP hyaluronic serum 2.5% be used with THE dark spot correcting serum, and IF SO, in what order?

Yes, they can be used together. We recommend to first apply the Hydra-Plump 2.5% all over the face, followed by the Dark Spot Corrector where needed.

After a peel, when can the dark spot correcting serum be used again?

We recommend to wait a week after performing a peel before applying the Dark Spot Corrector serum, as it contains active ingredients.


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