A chemical skin peel is a treatment in which an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. In performing chemical peels, physicians apply alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or other chemicals to the skin.  

Typically administered as a facial peel, a chemical peel enhances and smoothes the texture of the skin. It is an effective treatment for facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation.  They exfoliate the outer layers of dead skin, revealing a new skin layer with improved tone, texture, and colour.

The chemical peel is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world, and was performed in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to help people achieve smoother, more beautiful skin.

What is a chemical skin peel?

A chemical peel is a non-surgical technique designed to revitalise damaged skin in people that have signs of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tones, acne and scarring. The aim is to resurface the skin resulting in a softer, smoother, more youthful look. Chemical peels are most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons, to enhance appearance and self-confidence. Chemical peel therapy may be performed in conjunction with other treatments. They are also an excellent choice for those that want to maintain their skin health.

What are the benefits of peeling?
  • Breaks down the intercellular bonds which hold dead skin cells to the face. Removes dead tissue without abrasion and aids exfoliation, giving a more radiant and youthful appearance.
  • Stimulates circulation to provide more blood to the area. Increases oxygen delivery to the skin for better removal of toxins.
  • Activates fibroblast activity to create new collagen (the skin never loses the ability to make new collagen, it just slows down). Therefore it’s fantastic for fine lines and wrinkles, scars and acne pitting.
  • Great for re-hydrating the skin. By removing the dead tissue that acts as a barrier, serums and moisturisers will then be more readily absorbed.
  • Certain peels are very anti-bacterial and are great for acne. They penetrate the skin and target the acne bacteria P-Porphorine, reducing break-outs and clearing up congested skin.
  • Our cosmeceuticals peels not only peel the skin but add high concentrations of active antioxidants to feed and nourish the skin.
How do chemical peels help particular skin conditions?


Acne is a complex skin condition involving excess sebum production, clogged pores and bacteria that cause inflamed acne lesions. The following three steps are essential to control acne: unclog pores, control follicular bacteria, reduce inflammation and irritation. Sircuit products can help to soothe irritated, acne-prone skin.


Pigmentation describes a range of conditions where skin becomes blotchy or discoloured. Pigmentation can be caused by hormonal factors, skin trauma and excessive sun exposure. Peels help remove pigmented surface cells, and improve cellular turnover. Prescription medications and phototherapy, such as Limelight/IPL or laser treatment, should be combined with chemical peels to achieve best results.

Sun damaged skin:

Excessive sun exposure can cause premature ageing, including changes to colour, texture and hydration. It can also cause more serious changes to the skin’s immune functions that can lead to skin cancer. Monthly peels help to maintain a fresher, smoother, more even complexion.

What should I expect from chemical peels?

Your face will be cleansed, analysed and appropriately peeled. You will feel a mild tingling feeling whilst the peel is active. Your pigmentation may appear darker before drying out and possibly peeling off. Significant improvement is seen in as few as 3-4 treatments. Fine lines and pigmentation should be reduced and your skin will appear refreshed.

How can I prepare for a chemical peel?

Please wear minimal make up. Please advise Zinc Clinic when making your appointment if you have taken or been taking acne medication within the last 12 months, had any laser resurfacing to the face, whether you are pregnant or breast feeding, using products such as Retrieve or Stieva cream, had a peel, IPL or other laser treatment within the last 3 weeks. We also need to know if you have a history of cold sores, use hormones or had recent facial surgery. Results are improved if skin has been prepared with an active skin care home range such as Sircuit Cosmeceuticals.

What do I need to do after treatment?

Immediately after the treatment the treated area will appear slightly red and have a slight sunburn sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts 2-24 hours and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs. Keep skin clean and use sun block with a minimum of SPF 30+ daily. You may notice mild peeling a few days after your peel.

What are the possible side effects?

Sircuit Cosmeceutical skin peels are a new generation peel that are self neutralising and work on a microscopic level unlike older skin peels previously available. Side effects are generally mild and extremely unlikely. Side effects may include: discomfort, redness, swelling, loss of pigment, increased pigmentation, peeling and flaking, infection, scaring and acne breakouts.