Chemical Peels

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peel is a procedure where a pharmaceutical-grade chemical solution is applied to the skin to:

  • remove damaged skin cells
  • stimulate growth of new skin cells and
  • improve the collagen layer in the skin

Our clinic uses a full arsenal of different peel solutions depending on the skin problem being targeted. These include various strengths of alphahydroxy peels, salicylic peels, and Jessner peels. The acidic ingredients in the peels used are from natural sources eg citric acid (from citrus fruits), mandelic acid (from almonds), kojic acid (from berries), and so on. We use peels from the Skin-Peel (US) and Medik8 (UK) lines.

What is it used for?

Chemical peels can be used for:

  • improving the general skin appearance – fresher look
  • removing acquired pigmentation – from sunspots to deeper pigment such as melasma and chloasma (mask of pregnancy)
  • improving acne scars, and treating mild to moderate acne (blackheads)
  • improving fine lines and skin creases

How long does the procedure take? Is it painful?

  • Procedure usually lasts from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the strength of the peel.
  • Usually a slight stinging sensation lasts a few minutes: this shows that the peel is actually working.

What should I expect afterwards?

  • There should be 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 peeling 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.

Any preparation before or care after the procedure?


  • Doctor may advise using an exfoliant and / or depigmenting cream from one to a few weeks prior to the peel.
  • Light microdermabrasion may be advised before the procedure to allow better effect.
  • Test patch may be advised during the consultation, especially if your skin type is dark or tanned.


  • Sun protection factor, continuing exfoliating or depigmenting creams, barrier creams depending on strength of peel.
  • May use make up if skin shedding is not prominent.

How often should treatments be done?

Weekly to monthly, depending on the indication and the strength of the peel.


Some anti-acne drugs or deep dermabrasion within the last 6 months, pregnancy or breast feeding.

Who will perform my treatment ?

Your consultation and first peel will be performed by Dr David Grech MD who has been a medical practitioner since 1996 and has practised cosmetic procedures since 2001. He is a certified Medik8 peel user and has performed hundreds of peel treatments over the years.

Dr Grech’s additional expertise lies in combining, where appropriate, peels with other medical aesthetic treatments, such as topical cosmeceuticals, pulsed light and carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, for maximum effect and skin improvement. He is a member of the European Society of Cosmetic & Aesthetic Dermatology (ESCAD) and attends annual medical congress updates in Paris and London every year.

The aesthetic nursing team at ClinicaJóia will assist Dr Grech with your subsequent peels. They are also peel user trained.

What treatment fees* should I expect ?

Pre-peel consultation fee € 30, waived if the peel treatment is done on the same day of consult. Fees are from € 60 for a lip peel to € 120 for one full face peel. Bespoke quotes for multiple peel treatments.

* these fees are periodically revised