Chemical Peels

Chemical peel has remained a popular and effective method of resurfacing the skin for over 100 years. In this time frame, many other procedures for skin rejuvenation have come and gone, but peeling has persisted as a reliable, efficacious and cost-effective method of skin renewal.

Over the past decade, ablative and non-ablative lasers and pulse light treatments have come to the forefront to become major tools in facial rejuvenation, and to some extent, chemical peels have been somewhat relegated to second place. However, a large body of scientific knowledge has been gathered in relation to the chemistry and clinical outcome of chemical peel procedures, such that a resurgence of their popularity is seen recently.  With this increased knowledge, chemical peels have found a place alongside other treatments. At Facial Artistry we routinely perform chemical peels in combination with other treatments to obtain the best possible outcome.

What can peels help treat?

  • Improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Can help lighten brown spots, freckles, melasma or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Assist in the treatment of acne and congestion
  • Assist in the reduction of large pores
  • Rejuvenates tired and dull looking skin, revealing new smoother youthful skin


Traditionally chemical peels are classified according to the depth of the peel.

Very Superficial (Very Light)

Low potency alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)

Beta-hydroxy acid (BHA)

Superficial (Light)

70% glycolic acid

Jessner’s solution

TCA 20-30%


30-40% TCA

Jessner’s solution plus 35% TCA

70% glycolic acid plus 35% TCA


Baker-Gordon phenol peel

Skin preparation

Skin preparation is one of the most important concepts of chemical peeling. It encourages uniform penetration of the peeling agent, increases the healing time post peel and also minimises the possibility of complications.

What peel is right for me?

Most people prefer to have very superficial or superficial peels as there is minimal to no social downtime. Quite often they are referred to as the ’lunchtime peel’, because you can literally pop in during your lunch break and go back to work afterwards. Usually a series of superficial peels is required to achieve the desired results.

The medium and deep peels require less frequency of treatments, however have more downtime.

Why have a chemical peel at Facial Artistry?

Elise Birchall, our qualified Dermal Clinician, personally consults all of her patients before performing any peel. At your initial complimentary consultation, Elise will discuss what you would like to achieve, and together work out the best peel to treat your skin concerns. At this time a pre-treatment skin plan will be discussed so that you can achieve optimal results.

With Elise’s nationally accredited qualifications, she is the best person to help you with your skincare needs. Elise has extensive training in Laser and Light based therapies, chemical peels, medical microdermabrasion, skin needling and skin tightening. She has a thorough understanding on how the skin functions, making her the perfect person to help you with your skincare needs. She is always happy to answer any questions you have.

If peels are not the best treatment solution to achieve your goals, then Elise will discuss other treatment options.

How much does a chemical peel cost?

We understand you are curious to know how much the procedure you are thinking of having might cost. Your face, your skin and your expectations are different to anybody else’s. At your initial consultation with Elise a treatment plan and quote will be provided based on your desired results. Treatment packages are available for a series of medical peels.

Our philosophy is simple. We want you to be fully informed, we want you to understand all your options and have one accurate price quoted once. Our experience tells us that this is what most of our clients want too.

To request an appointment with Elise Birchall to discuss your suitability for a chemical peel please email us or call us on 02 6255 8988.