Chemical Peels

Acne, melasma, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and some types of acne scarring can all be successfully treated with chemical peels. The strength and type of chemical peel can be tailored to suit the specific condition of each patient’s skin.


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  • Chemical peels are used to treat acne, hyperpigmentation, fine facial lines and sun-damaged skin
  • The type and concentration of the peeling agent determines the depth of peel
  • Deeper peels  result in greater clinical improvements; however, these are associated with longer downtime and potential side effects
  • Glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, Vitamin A and TCA are the most commonly used peeling agents
  • Patients are carefully assessed by a specialist Cutis Clinic dermatologist or registered nurse to ensure correct concentration and peeling agents are used

Chemical peels refer to the application of a natural acid to the surface of the skin. Peels regenerate and resurface the skin at varying depths depending on the agent and concentration used.

Superficial peels remove dead layers of the skin and can help improve uneven pigmentation; medium-depth peels target deeper epidermal layers. The deepest peels contain smaller molecules that can penetrate well into the dermis and stimulate collagen production to improve both texture and tone.

Glycolic or Lactic Acid Peels

These peeling agents are the most commonly used chemical peels and both make up what is often referred to as the ‘lunch time peel’. Side effects are uncommon, recovery is quick and the procedure is affordable. Our peel concentrations start at 20% and typically end at 70%.  We recommend a series of peels at intervals of 2-3 weeks.

Ideal for acne, hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, mild photodamage, uneven skin tone.

Salicylic Acid Peels

Salicylic acid peels have an anti-inflammatory component which makes it ideal for acne treatment.  Redness resolves within 1 to 2 hours and results are visible within 2-3 days of the peel. Salicylic acid may be used as a once-off peel or a series of 2-3 peels spaced every 2 weeks.

Ideal for acne and blackheads

TCA (Trichloroacetic acid) Peels

The TCA peel reaches the deeper layers of the skin. Depending on the concentration used, a downtime of 6-8 days can be expected for TCA peels on the face, and up to 12 days for TCA peels on the chest area. A single TCA treatment improves hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone and improves skin texture by up to 80%. We recommend a series of 3 TCA peels that gradually increase in concentration on the chest and neck areas to minimise side effects.

Ideal for severely sun-damaged skin, stubborn pigmentation such as melasma, fine facial lines and freckles.


The mainstay of chemical peels in this condition is the treatment of blackheads and whitehead. Dermatologist often combine a topical retinoid with chemical peels for optimal results. Mild acne scarring can be treated with a series of glycolic acid peels, however with better results are seen with Fractional laser.


Both glycolic acid and TCA peels can be used to treat uneven skin tone and texture. Cutis Clinic specialist often incorporate the use of glycolic acid in the treatment of melasma.  Heavy pigmentation secondary to age and sun-exposure can also be addressed with TCA peels.


For mild solar damage, glycolic acid peels are ideal as patients have little, if any down time. Chemical peels will give a textural change in the skin (feels smoother) in addition to removing uneven pigmentation.  In higher concentrations of  peels,  pre-malignant cells can also be destroyed.


Higher concentrations of TCA peels reach the deeper layers of the skin, promoting neogenesis- stimulation of collagen. This in turn increases skin tone over time. We often combine TCA peels with Fractionated laser / laser resurfacing and anti-wrinkle injections to achieve optimal results.


For mild cases of acne scarring, a series of glycolic acid peels may be prescribed. Collagen stimulation becomes apparent after repeated treatments. Fraxel or fractionated laser resurfacing is a more effective treatment method for medium to severe scarring

Deep acne scarring

For severe cases of acne scarring (ice pick or deep scars), TCA Cross is the treatment of choice. For more information on TCA Cross peels click here.

  1. All make-up and debris is removed and your skin is thoroughly cleansed
  2. We apply a peel prep to the areas of to-be-treated skin
  3. Peel agent is applied over a period of 3-5 minutes; you may experience a mild stinging sensation
  4. Termination of the peeling agent action with a neutralization agent
  5. Application of sunscreen and protective serum

Several important factors determine which treatment is best for you. The specialist dermatologists and registered nurses at Cutis Clinic have broad experience in the many determining factors, such as skin condition, degree and depth of pigmentation or lesions, presence of acne, sun-damage, skin type and preferred recovery time (downtime).

Your specialist may suggest other options to get the best possible results for your skin.

Cutis Clinic chemical peels are performed by experienced registered nurses and specialist dermatologists. All patients are carefully assessed prior to prescription. Our selection of 5 peel types of varying concentrations enables us to prescribe a fine-tuned and individualised skin peel treatment series.

Chemical peels conducted at Cutis Clinic can be far stronger than beauty therapist or day spa peeling products. Our direct accessibility to and experience in other skin rejuvenation treatments such as fractional lasers, BBL and PDT provide all of our patients with a plethora of options, all of which are carried out by experienced professionals at our Brisbane clinic.

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Glycolic/AHA 1-2 hrs 5-7 (every 2-3 weeks) ++ ++ ++ +
Salicylic Acid 12-36 hrs 1-3 (every 2 weeks) ++++
TCA 6-8 days 1-3 (4-6 week intervals) ++++ ++++ +


** You will need to be assessed by a registered nurse prior to all chemical peel treatments as these must be prescribed by a specialist. This early evaluation ensures the best possible outcome.

Chemical peels are considered to be cosmetic in nature and NOT covered under Medicare.

Depending on the type of chemical peel used, unsightly skin conditions such as acne, pigmentation, sun damage, scarring or facial lines can be treated with success. Our dermatologists are trained to prescribe and perform all types of peels at different depths and concentrations. This gives us the flexibility to prescribe a peel series tailored to your skin condition.

Glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid peels need no downtime and provide a modest improvement in skin texture. TCA peels, depending on the concentration and depth, can give a dramatic improvement in skin texture and skin tone; however, downtime may consist of several days. An individualised peel regime always provides the best skin results.