A chemical peel is a procedure whereby a pharmaceutical-grade solution is applied to the skin to regenerate and resurface skin cells by removing the top layers of skin. Chemical peels vary in the strength and depth at which they work.

At Clinica Jóia, we make use of Mesoestetic® and MedPeel® chemical peels. These pharmaceutical-grade brands offer various sub-types of peels, ideal to treat numerous skin problems. We offer a full menu of peels including Glycolic, Lactic, Salicylic, Mandelic, TCA (trichloroacetic acid), Jessner and Tranexamic Acid peels. Various combination options are also available.

Chemical peels are used to treat various skin problems. They can be used to improve sun-damaged skin, acne and acne scars, and skin pigmentation problems such as epidermal and dermal melasma (pigmentation). Peels also work well for fine lines and wrinkles, improvement of skin texture, to removing damaged skin cells, and by stimulating the growth of new skin cells, can improve the collagen layer in the skin. Peels are generally considered a “lunchtime” medical office procedure, however, deeper peels will require a longer recovery time.

  • Glycolic peels improve exfoliation of superficial layers of the stratum corneum, stimulate cell regeneration, moisturize the epidermis and reinforce the skin’s natural barrier function. They are ideal for all skin types. We offer various strengths of glycolic peels.
  • Lactic peels stimulate production of new collagen. They have a natural moisturizing effect on the skin. Indicated for sensitive, dry and thinning skin and delicate areas such as the neck and décolleté due to being highly tolerated.
  • Salicylic peels have a very good sebum-regulating effect. Indicated for oily skin with acne and/or seborrheic blemishes. They can also be applied to areas such as the arms, back, knees, elbows, etc.
  • Mandelic peels gently and gradually penetrate the skin, stimulating collagen and proteoglycan synthesis, encouraging skin rejuvenation and allowing gentler, more gradual exfoliation. They are ideal for oily and seborrheic skin and/or individuals with dyschromia (unevenness of skin colour and tone).
  • Self-neutralizing trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels gradually penetrate the skin to treat moderate to severe skin ageing, dyschromia and pigmented lesions, superficial and medium-depth acne scars on oily and/or acne-prone skin.

At ClinicaJoia we also offer the very latest peels with tranexamic acid, a medicinal ingredient which works to block the tyrosinase enzyme in the pigmentation pathway, and thus is the latest and most effective weapon to safely treat pigmentation.

Combined peels are exclusive peels formulated with a precise combination of chemical exfoliants. This synergistic combination of substances makes it possible to practically treat the most specific and common aesthetic disorders (hyperpigmentation, acne, ageing, etc.) by maximising the properties of each agent to give optimal results.

If you are interested in a chemical peel, you will begin by meeting with our clinic doctor for a consultation. During the consultation, you will be able to discuss what you are hoping to gain from this treatment and to ask any questions you may have regarding our available peels. The aesthetic nursing team at Clinica Jóia will assist our clinic doctor with your subsequent peel. They are also peel user trained. Before undergoing a peel, our clinic doctor may suggest using an exfoliant and/or depigmenting cream from one to a few weeks prior to the peel. Light microdermabrasion may also be advised before the procedure to allow the peel to work better. A test patch may also be advised during the consultation, especially if your skin type is dark or tanned.

The treatment itself generally lasts around 20 minutes, however, this will depend on the type and strength of the peel used. The solution will be applied to your skin and once the allotted time has passed, a neutraliser will be applied and cleaned off. Sometimes you may have an ice pack applied to the skin post treatment for a few minutes. During the treatment you will likely experience a stinging sensation, however this is normal and indicates the peel is doing its job.

Our healthcare professionals will then give you information on how to care for your skin post-treatment. This may also include the use of particular products. After the procedure, you should expect redness and a feeling of mild soreness and skin tightness shortly afterwards. Some swelling and darkening may occur in the first 24 to 48 hours. Actual shedding of skin may occur up to 7 days after. This does not always happen, and depends on the kind of peel used. We use the most advanced peel preparations; those targeting the deeper skin layers are designed to specifically protect the top layer of your skin. Apart from this, some other side effects of chemical peels can include blistering of skin, changes in skin colour, scarring, irritation and infection.

At Clinica Jóia, chemical peels can be combined with various skin rejuvenation treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light, platelet rich plasma or mesotherapy for a more holistic approach. Peels are usually the first treatment recommended by the cosmetic dermatologist before any subsequent Botox®, dermal filler, skin resurfacing or thread (suture) lift procedures.

Generally, chemical peels can be repeated from fortnightly , depending on the indication and the strength of the peel and until the desired result is achieved. The need for future treatments will depend on the problem being addressed and the way your skin reacts to the treatments.

At Clinica Jóia, our consultation fee is €30, waived if the treatment is performed on the same day of consult. The price of a single peel is €120* however multi-packs can be purchased at a discounted price.

* these fees are periodically revised.