Chemical Peels – Lamelle

Resurfaces | Regenerates the Skin | Cell Turnover | Anti-Ageing | Problematic & Imperfections | Improved Texture & Tone | Hyperpigmentation

Chemical Peel is a chemical solution that harnesses your body’s natural processes of renewal, which can largely be summed up as “discard old skin cells to make space for new ones.” In other words, it causes the skin to peel so that the new skin can grow in its place.

The idea of peeling away small amounts of skin might sound scary initially, but Chemical Peels are one of the most common treatments for correcting skin and achieving visible results – especially in winter, when skin needs a bit of a lift – simply because they have proven so very effective in rectifying damage and renewing skin.


Different Chemical Peels have their own properties, but generally the Chemical Peel acids penetrate the skin and break the bonds between the layers of the skin, so the top layers will start peeling off. The type of Chemical Peel, its concentration and the exact chemical composition will determine how deep the peel penetrates and what conditions are being treated.

The percentages associated with the Peels, represents the concentration of the key ingredient in the Chemical Peel’s make-up. Don’t assume that the concentration is an indication of a Peel’s strength. The actual chemicals used and the way the entire chemical cocktail is combined in the product, plays a huge part in the strength and effectiveness of the Peel. Therefore, high percentage doesn’t necessary mean stronger.


A Chemical Peel is an exfoliation or resurfacing treatment which removes damaged, dead skin, allowing new and healthy skin to grow, resulting in the following benefits:

  • Improved skin tone and complexion
  • Improved skin texture
  • Hydrated and plump skin
  • Enhanced product penetration
  • Reduced dark marks
  • Improving problematic and damaged skin
  • Stimulating healthy new tissue growth

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Chemical Peels are used to treat:

  • Ageing skin
  • Improving fine lines and wrinkles and assisting with firming and tightening
  • Improving skin texture
  • Overall rejuvenation

Problematic Skin

  • Removal of commedones (black and white heads) and congestion
  • Oily skin with enlarged pores
  • Mild acne and mild acne scarring – calm aggressive inflammatory reactions in inflammatory acne
  • Acne Rosacea
  • Hyper-pigmentation and scarring

Brightening Pigmented skin caused by:

  • Solar Lentigines (UVR induced pigmentation)
  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
  • Melasma

Facial treatments:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest

Although Chemical peels are mainly performed on the facial areas, any body area can also be treated.

What will I feel and experience during and after the treatment?
It depends on the type of Chemical Peel applied.

Some Chemical Peels are painless with only a slight tingling and itchy sensation during the application. Other Peels are virtually painless with a minimal burning sensation of the skin soon after the application. There are also Peels that gives the skin a short intense heat and burn. Any discomfort experienced is short and subsides after about a minute or two.

Various degrees of redness may also occur during the treatments but will resolve quickly. Your skin may feel either clean, hydrated, glowing to a little tight and dry, and even feel slightly heat sensitive directly after the treatment or for the next 5 – 7 days. This will depend on the type of Chemical Peel that was applied.

Skin shedding of the various Chemical Peels also differ. In some instances, you will experience no visible peeling although microscopic peeling occurs. In other instances, you can experience

visible peeling and dry flaking, giving you a downtime of approximately 3 – 7 days. Skin takes a while to repair itself, so you can expect a significant change in skin smoothness, firmness, glow and texture anywhere between day 2 – 7 and your skin will feel hydrated, plumped and glowing.

How many treatments are required?
A Chemical Peel is not a once-off fix. Several treatments over an extended period may be needed to achieve results safely. Also, more than one type of Chemical Peel may be required to achieve results.

How long is a treatment session and what are the treatment intervals?
The Chemical Peel is usually no longer than 10 minutes, but due to upfront preparation of the skin, the treatment will last any time between 15 – 25 minutes.

Treatment intervals vary by the different types of Chemical Peels. Some of the Chemical Peels may be performed bi-weekly and others may only be performed every 4 weeks. Depending on the client’s concern, Chemical Peels will be recommended 2 x a month, alternatively, the average recommended interval period is approximately 1 x per month.

Due to the rapid cell turn-around of our skin, Chemical Peel intervals should not exceed 6 weeks.

Who can do this treatment and is it safe?
All skin types can be treated. The application of Chemical Peels is not harmful or unhealthy if managed within the treatment protocols.

It is important to note that each Chemical Peels have very distinct pre and post treatment protocols which the client need to adhere to.

A complimentary consultation session of approximately 30 minutes, is required upfront where a comprehensive assessment will be done to determine whether you can proceed with treatments. During this session, expectations and possible contraindications will be discussed, and a plan formulated in accordance to your needs. If you are allergic to aspirin or any related products, or you are pregnant you may not proceed with the Chemical Peel.

For the treatment of pigmentation for skin types 4 – 6, it is compulsory at Canvas Aesthetics to, use Corrective Brighter Concentrate and Ovelle Supplement 14 days prior to treatment. This is precautionary and to calm down the additional production of pigmentation, resulting in Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation.

Each Chemical Peel has a specific pre-treatment protocol and will be provided to you by your Aesthetics Therapist; however, an overview of the pre-treatment protocol is as

  • NB: Daily full-spectrum sunscreen is essential.
  • Stop active topical products 3 days before the peel:
  • Retinoids (Vit A) i.e. Correctives RA, Dermaheal Ultra Renewal, Clarity PM, Luminesce Evening Glow
  • Home exfoliators – AHA / Alpha Hydroxy Acids and BHA / Beta Hydroxy Acids.
  • No tanning/sunbeds 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • No laser/IPL/skin resurfacing treatments 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • For treatment of dry/sensitive skin, it is preferable to use the Serra range for at least 2 weeks prior to the peel – assists with repairing impaired barrier. For dry/combination skins, use Barrier Repair 4 days prior.
  • For treatment of pigmentation, use Corrective Brighter Concentrate and Ovelle Supplement 14 days prior to treatment (assists with additional production of pigmentation/ Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) – NB:Compulsory for skin types 4 – 6.

Each Chemical Peel has a specific post-treatment protocol and will be provided to you by your Aesthetics Therapist; however, an overview of the post treatment protocol is as follows:

  • Minimum post care products are required for 5 days post care treatment (soap-free Cleaner and a Barrier Cream / Restore).
  • Avoid direct sun exposure 14 days post peel – risk of hyperpigmentation (PIH).
  • DO NOT pick or pull skin! Can cause hyperpigmentation / scarring.
  • No waxing/exfoliating/chemical peels/IPL/laser/skin resurfacing/or needling treatments for 2 weeks after treatment. This includes toners and cleaners that contain alpha hydroxy acids.
  • Resume normal skin care routine, including products containing Retinoid ingredients – 5 days after the peel.
  • Make-up can be worn the following day post peel.

In addition to adhering to strict post treatment protocol and care, the following additional home care routines are advisable for effective and long-lasting results:

  • Keeping your skin hydrated and nourished with a quality skin care program and daily application of a full spectrum sunscreen
  • Taking appropriate supplements and nutrients
  • Maintaining a general healthy lifestyle which includes:
    – A healthy and balanced diet
    – Daily hydration (minimum of 6 – 8 glasses of water)
    – Regular exercising
    – Avoid smoking
    – A balanced and healthy mind

When will I see results?
The skin is usually normal after a mild Chemical Peel and looks and feels noticeably smoother and tighter. With each additional treatment, you should see incremental improvement in the overall appearance of your skin.

How long will the results last?
The treatment can last up to 12 months dependant on your lifestyle, for example if you are a smoker or like to be in the sun, this can affect the results. A proper skincare regime at home as well as regular Chemical Peel treatments, are essential for optimal and long-lasting results.

Chemical Peels vary from R590 – R1800 for individual treatments – this depends on the formulation and strength.

Treatment packages are available at discounted rates, payable upfront for client savings and convenience. See price list for more detail.