Chemical Peel For Acne Treatment


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What is chemical peel? 

 A chemical peel is an acidic solution, which is applied to the affected parts of your skin. On penetrating the skin, the solution destroys dead skin, unclogs pores and makes way for new skin to regenerate. The acne blemishes and scars disappear. There are three basic types of peels: 

  • Superficial Peels: which is a mild peel and can be used on all skin types.

  • Medium Peels: can penetrate a little deeper into your skin. Medium peels are also known to cause second degree burns on the skin.

  • Deep Peels:  penetrate further into the deeper layers of the skin and are also known to cause second-degree burns. A deep peel is not suitable for people with dark skin tone as it can lead to hypopigmentation. A deep peel can be performed only once.  

What happens during a chemical peel procedure?

The chemical peel process is quite simple:

  1. At the outset, the doctor cleanses your skin.
  2. He/she then applies the solution comprising the chemical peel on your skin, using a soft brush.
  3. The solution is left on your skin for approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Thereafter, the doctor applies a neutralizer on your skin to end the chemical reaction of the solution on your skin.
  5. Application of the neutralizer is followed by a cold compress, which is applied to reduce the discomfort on your skin. (A hand-held fan may also be used to minimize the burning feeling on your skin.)
  6. The doctor then applies a cream or a mask on your skin again and leaves it on your face for a few minutes
  7. Finally, the doctor cleanses your skin.

The duration of the entire process is around 20-30 minutes. 

Will the chemical peel suit my skin type? 

There are various types of chemical peels available, such as Salicylic Acid peel, Glycolic Acid Peel, TCA (Trichloroacetic acid) Peel, Phenol Peel and Fruit Acid Peel.

The chemical peel most suitable for you is determined on the basis of your skin texture, type, problems, and many other similar aspects. 

Are there any side effects of chemical peeling? 

Some side effects you may experience as a result of chemical peeling include redness, dryness, discolouration, peeling, flaking, or scaling of the skin and even swelling of the face to the point that your eyes are temporarily shut. Temporary scabs or crusts may appear on the treated areas. 

Are there any post-treatment guidelines for the chemical peel procedure? 

After undergoing a chemical peeling treatment it is advisable not to venture out under the sun for a couple of days. Once you completely recover and decide to go out, it is advisable to use a sunscreen with high SPF, preferably above 30.

How long will it take to recover from a chemical peel session? 

If it is a medium chemical peel it will take 3-7 days for the new skin to appear. The skin will be completely healed after two weeks. 

In cases of deep chemical peels, the new skin will appear 7-10 days after the treatment. It will take around two months for complete healing to take place. 

Am I an ideal candidate for the chemical peel procedure? 

This treatment is not for you if you are breastfeeding or are pregnant. This treatment is also not for you if you suffer from severe active acne.

You are an ideal candidate for chemical peel treatments if you suffer from superficial acne or acne scars, and have a fair skin. 

What is the price/cost of a chemical peel procedure in India? 

Cost of Chemical Peel can vary significantly depending upon the city/locality,  clinic/hospital type & amenities, experience of the provider, the technology & material used, skin area and skin type, the number of sittings etc. Typically, the cost of Chemical Peel may range from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 8,000 per session.

Please consult your doctor to get the exact treatment plan and price quote suiting your unique needs. 

Are the results of chemical peel treatment permanent? 

Results are not considered to be permanent. Acne may disappear for few months or years and may re-appear. 

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People interested in this topic also read: 


1. Rendon M, Berson DS, Cohen JL,  Roberts WE, Starker I, Wang B, Evidence and Considerations in the Application of Chemical Peels in Skin Disorders and Aesthetic Resurfacing. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 2, 2018.

2. Khunger N. Standard guidelines of care for chemical peels. Ijdvlcom. 2018. Available at:;year=2008;volume=74;issue=7;spage=5;epage=12;aulast=Khunger. Accessed March 2, 2018.

3.O'Connor A, Lowe P, Shumack S, Lim A. Chemical peels: A review of current practice. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 2, 2018.

4. Costa I, Damasceno P, Gomes K. Managing Chemical Peels Complications. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 2, 2018.

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Patient Experiences

abhishek gandhi
Chemical Peeling Treatment
I am undergoing Chemical peeling treatment from Dr vijay,it is an amazing treatment only if u r taking it from well experienced doctor like Dr of my friend took the same treatment from some another clinic and it was a waste. But Dr vijay gave me 100% results.thanks ...Read Less
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Questions answered by trusted doctors

Verified User
Can we do facial after 3 days of chemical peeling . .
Dr. Suruchi Puri
Dermatologist/Cosmetologist, Delhi
Ideally chemical peel is a better option then facials , has a scientific base . For better results you can have a combination peel depending on what your skin demands and doctor may keep on changing the concentration as and when required provided he has all options . Dr.Suruchi Puri was associated with Femina Miss India contest and can advice you if you are interested. It would be better if you get yourself examined and a proper peel or concentration is done depending on your skin type . U can visit our website B-2/31 janak Puri , u can seek an appt on 9868 080340 . All the best & take care . If we can be of some help to u do let us no
Verified User
I have cystic acne.. is it safe to have a chemical peel? Which peel is best?
Dr. Shaurya Rohatgi
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Can treat without peeling also. The treatment of acne differs according to the grade of involvement. Some people have more oilyness on the face which results in breakouts. After completing treatment for controlling the active breakouts, tablets can be stopped and creams need to be continued to prevent recurrence. Diet and lifestyle modifications are also important. Please don't do any self treatment such as over the counter Steroid creams. Don't burst the pimples with your fingers as it can result in ugly scars. The marks and pores left behind after the pimples heal can also be treated. Please call me or send your photos through online consult option for detailed prescription and diet advice.,,
Verified User
I have acne and consulted dermatologist. I have been provided with  oinment for the acne. And I am asked to do chemical peel next month. I want to know whether, chemical peel is harmful or it can be done to clear my pigmentation ?
Chemical peels are done to make your skin look even and fresh . Any flaws can be taken care to the maximum. Acne and marks can improve after couple of sessions. An allergic individual might have irritation and cannot be done very rare though. Proper post peel care need to followed as advised by your doctor.
So please go ahead and look awesome .
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Did you know?

Foods do not cause breakouts

Chocolates do not cause pimples or acne, neither does pizza or fries. In fact, there's little evidence that specific foods actually do cause acne. Staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet, though, can help definitely result in a clear, glowing skin.

Sun exposure can minimize breakouts

Spending small amounts of time (10 to 20 minutes) in the sun can be beneficial for healing acne. Too much sun exposure though can be harmful. It can cause more breakouts and darken existing acne scars.

Do not overclean

Over exfoliating and over cleansing can actually aggravate your acne problems. It can irritate and dry your skin out, and make it produce more oil and then cause breakouts. Overdoing acne treatments can have the same effect. Therefore, stick to a morning and night regimen — cleanse, medicate, and moisturize.

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