6 things you need to know about Chemical Face Peels

6 things you need to know about Chemical Face Peels

The term ‘Chemical Face Peel’ often conjures up the image of Samantha from Sex and The City wearing a giant black hat to hide her literally peeling face. Don’t let this term or image scare you off! At The Clinic, Chemical Peels are our number one treatment for improving skin tone and texture. We perform over 60 peels per week and have been doing so for over 20 years. Here’s what you need to know about Chemical Peels…

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical Peels treat the Epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, to remove debris, dead skin cells, congestion and pigmentation, and increase cellular turnover to reveal more brighter skin. Different to your typical facial, a Chemical Peel involves the application of a sophisticated chemical agent, which is absorbed into the skin and then rinsed off. We do not waste time with steam or massage as it is the ingredients in the Chemical Peel that have the power to transform your skin. These ingredients have come a long way since Samantha’s experience, so you do not have to literally peel to achieve results.

Epidermis Skin Cell Layer - The Clinic

How do Chemical Peels Work?

Our Peels are classified into 3 levels which refers to the depth at which they penetrate the skin.

Level 1 Peels

Level 1 Peels operate in the most superficial layer of the Epidermis, known as the Stratum Corneum. This layer of skin is commonly referred to the “dead skin cell layer” which forms the protective barrier of the skin. When thickened or compacted, due to various factors such as; ageing, moisturising with insufficient exfoliation or oily skin, it can cause the skin to appear dry, rough, dull or congested.

Blueberry Peel - The Clinic

What to expect:

The results from Level 1 Peels are instant with no downtime. Skin appears instantly brighter, softer, smoother and more hydrated.

Who is suitable:

Level 1 Peels are suited to all skin types. Often used as an introductory to medical grade skin treatments, those with minimal skin issues who are feeling like their skin is dry, dull or congested or those who require a “freshen up” prior to a special event.


Blueberry Antioxidant Peel ($150)

Benefactor AHA BHA Resurfacing Peel ($150)

Societe Oxygenation Peel ($150)

Level 2 Peels

Level 2 peels work to a greater depth in the Epidermis, making their way to the inner layers of the skin, such as the Stratum Spinosum.

What to expect:

Depending on skin type, Level 2 Peels can cause some initial sensitivity and irritation which resolves within a few days of treatment. Results become evident after 10 days; skin will appear healthier, smoother and brighter with a reduction in pigmentation and a clearer complexion.

Who is suitable:

These peels are particularly beneficial for treating mild to moderate skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation, photodamage or grade I-II acne. Level 2 peels are also a suitable treatment option for sensitive or reactive skin types.


PCA Skin Perfecting Mandelic Peel ($150)

Benefit Brightening Peel ($150)

Peptide Anti Ageing Treatment ($250)

Level 3 Peels

Level 3 peels are able to penetrate the various layers of the Epidermis reaching the Basal Layer (bottom layer) of the Epidermis and the Papillary Layer (upper layer) of the dermis.

Timeless Peel - The Clinic

What to expect:

Depending on treatment and skin type, Levels 3 peels can result in redness, peeling or flakiness for up to five days post treatment.  Due to depth of penetration, results are more dramatic and become noticeable 2 weeks post treatment. Clients can expect a significant improvement in tone and texture, including reduction in pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and a reduction in papules and pustules in the treatment of acne.

Who is suitable:

Clients who require treatment of complex and moderate-severe skin issues such as ageing including fine lines and wrinkles, melasma, Grade III-IV acne, acne scarring including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and moderate-severe photodamage. Some Level 3 Peels can also be used as preventative treatments in oilier or resilient skin types.


Timeless Retinol Peel ($250)

Detox Problem Skin Peel ($250)

Deep Sea Rejuvenation Peel ($660)

Why Should You Pay More For a Professional Peel?

Compared to take home peels, those performed in a cosmetic clinic are higher potency and clinically proven to produce results. As with any professional skin treatment, you should look for a technician that you trust and know the products they are using.

At The Clinic, we only employ doctors or registered nurses who have a medical understanding of how the skin works. We use Cosmedix and PCA Skin branded products and will always be honest and open about the expected results for your own skin type. Our team specialises in advanced peel layering techniques and can tailor the treatment to suit your needs. 

To learn more about how our Chemical Peels can improve your skin, book a consultation with our medical team today. To book, call us on 02 9386 1533 or Request Appointment.

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