What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are a way of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface to allow new healthy cells to grow back and create smoother-looking skin. They help rejuvenate skin on the face, neck, hands, forearms and chest.

Over the years, dead skin cells can accumulate on your face and clog up your skin. A face peel works by accelerating a natural process already taking place in our bodies. We are constantly shedding skin, so a chemical skin peel is, at its most basic, an accelerated form of exfoliation. It can help reduce acne scarring, reverse skin damage, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and remove hyper-pigmentation, liver spots and other signs of ageing.

Transform’s team of JCCP-registered practitioners guides thousands of people through their cosmetic treatment journeys each year. Our specially-trained practitioners and nurses will discuss the most suitable skin peeling treatment to achieve the results you want as part of your personalised plan. Get in touch by calling us on 0330 053 9115 or emailing [email protected] to book a free consultation and find out how we can help today.

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Chemical face peels FAQs


If you are considering a face peeling treatment, you may be curious about the different types of chemical peels, the costs and recovery time. We have answered many of these questions below, but if there is something else you’d like to know then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.

Chemical Peels frequently asked questions

A chemical face peel is a non-surgical procedure designed to give you fresher and healthier looking skin. The peel contains an acid base, which safely and effectively removes dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. Your expert aesthetician will apply the face peel, and you’ll notice a warm sensation as the treatment starts to work on your skin. Depending on the type of chemical peel you have, a soothing cream may be applied – and you’ll notice your skin peeling around two to three days after your treatment.

Yes, we have some great offers on our chemical peels! As our deals change regularly, we recommend you give us a call us on 0330 053 9115, email us at [email protected] or book a free consultation so we can chat through our current offers. During your consultation with your patient advisor, you’ll be given a bespoke treatment plan including the chemical peel cost in our UK clinics. They’ll explain in detail the various offers and finance options we have available, which now include 12 months interest-free credit on treatments that cost £250 or more, with no initial deposit. Please note that our finance is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, which is a credit intermediary regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. All finance is subject to individual status and terms and conditions apply.

We understand that everyone’s skin is different, and so we offer a range of different chemical peel types. The benefits vary depending on which one you choose. Typically, we offer mild, medium and deep chemical peels which contain different strengths of active ingredients to achieve different results. For instance, mild chemical face peels, such as the Obagi Blue Radiance Peel, don’t penetrate below the top layer of the skin (the epidermis). Medium strength face peels, such as Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), penetrate to the surface of the middle layer of the skin (the dermis). Deep chemical peels, such as the Phenol peel, penetrate deeper into the dermis and are commonly used to reduce sun damage or wrinkles. During your initial consultation, your professional practitioner will chat to you about the results you’d like to achieve and the different types of chemical peels available – and advise you on which would be best for your skin’s colour, texture and needs.  

How often you can have a chemical peel depends on the type of treatment you’re having. Many patients choose to have our mild face peels carried out regularly – for instance, once every two weeks – as part of their overall beauty regime. This helps to keep skin looking and feeling radiant, smooth and blemish-free. Medium-strength face peels such as our Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) peel can be done once every month or two to maintain results. When you speak to your friendly patient advisor, they’ll let you know how often you can do a chemical peel depending on your desired results and skin type.

A chemical skin peel offers benefits for a wide range of skin conditions. For instance, they can help to reduce small or coarse wrinkles, liver spots and other signs of skin ageing. You can also have a chemical peel for acne scars, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Whatever results you’d like to achieve, we’re here to help you look and feel your best. Whether you’re interested in a skin peel for acne or simply to refresh dull or tired skin, our expert aestheticians will let you know which types of chemical peels will help you achieve your desired outcome.

Essentially, both face and body chemical peels do the same thing – exfoliate the skin. Each of our skin peeling treatments is medically formulated with an acid base to remove dead skin cells safely and effectively from the top layers of the skin. Once applied, the chemical peel brings the pH of your skin to a specific level of acidity, which loosens dead and damaged skin cells and encourages cell renewal. This results in bright and radiant looking skin. You can get chemical peels for scars, to reduce lines and wrinkles, reverse sun damage and more.

How long your face peeling treatment takes will depend on whether you’ve chosen a mild, medium or deep chemical peel, but the procedure will usually last around half an hour. Firstly, your aesthetician will prepare your skin and then they’ll carefully apply the chemical face peel. It will be left to work for a specific amount of time before being removed whilst you’re in the clinic. Typically, a soothing cream is applied afterwards, and your practitioner will let you know what products to use in the days following your treatment. Depending on the results you’d like to achieve, you may need to have a chemical peel course – and your patient advisor will let you know if you need multiple treatments during your consultation.

As with most medical aesthetic treatments, you may experience some minor chemical peel side effects. Most commonly, this may be temporary dry skin, peeling or flaking, and some redness. These are completely normal after a skin peel, and they’ll gradually ease until they disappear completely after a few days. Of course, the chemical peel side effects will vary depending on the strength of the treatment you’ve had and how sensitive your skin is, but your JCCP-registered practitioner will explain this to you before your treatment so you know what to expect. They’ll also give you chemical peel aftercare advice, such as the best products to use to minimise potential side effects.

Following a chemical peel recovery times can vary, depending on the type of peel you’ve had and how sensitive your skin is. For instance, if you have a mild face peel, you should be able to carry on with the rest of your day as normal following your treatment, whereas if you have a deep chemical peel, the recovery time may be between 7 and 10 days. Rest assured that your expert aesthetician will be able to advise on the likely recovery time for your procedure and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that you’ll have particularly sensitive skin after a chemical peel, so it’s important to wear high-strength sun block following treatment.

We understand that your chemical face peel may just be the first step in your skin transformation journey, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Our expert aestheticians will give you all the chemical peel aftercare tips you need to help you maintain your beautiful radiant glow following your skin peel. They’ll let you know which products to use, how best to look after your skin, and advise you about any ongoing treatments you may need. For instance, certain face peels such as our Glycolic and Obagi Blue Peel are usually most effective when treatment is carried out every two weeks as part of a chemical peel course. We’ll create a bespoke treatment plan for you during your consultation once we know exactly what results you’d like to achieve. It’s important to know that you’re likely to have sensitive skin after a chemical peel, so you’ll need to apply strong sunscreen as part of your chemical peel aftercare routine.

We know that everyone’s needs are different when it comes to cosmetic face peels, which is why we create a personalised treatment plan to help you get your desired results. This means that the chemical peel cost can vary, depending on which strength of treatment you have and whether you need a chemical peel course. As a guide, a single Obagi Peel Radiance Blue face peel treatment starts from £80, and courses start from £225. An Epionce Refresh treatment starts from £70 for a single treatment, while an Epionce Corrective treatment starts from £110. You can find out more about the chemical peel cost in our UK clinics on our pricing page. During your consultation with your patient advisor, they’ll let you know the likely chemical peel price, the various finance options and our great value treatment packages.

More details on facial peels

When you come to Transform, we design the entire experience around you and your needs. We’ll listen carefully to your aspirations for being the best you, and you’ll receive all the advice and support you need throughout your skin transformation with us. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect from our chemical face peels.

Chemical Face Peels step by step

Your journey to great skin starts when you meet your friendly and knowledgeable patient advisor. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering face peeling treatment, whether it’s right for you, the likely chemical peel cost and finance options, and when you’d like to have the treatment. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our professional practitioners or nurses.

At your free consultation, your professional practitioner or nurse will ask you about the results you want to achieve. They’ll guide you through your skin peeling treatment options and create a personal plan to ensure that you achieve the best results. Your treatment plan will depend on the skin issues that you wish to address, whether that’s congested, dull, tired skin, small or coarse wrinkles, skin ageing, liver spots, acne scars or sun damage. We provide a range of medical formulation chemical peel treatments of varying strengths. Each is designed to penetrate and exfoliate to a particular depth. These range from light peels such as Epionce®, Obagi Blue Radiance and Glycolic, right through to deep Phenol peels that can help reduce facial wrinkles or treat sun damaged skin. You can discuss every aspect of your treatment with no obligation to go ahead. Our patient advisors and nurses are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you have. If you feel ready to proceed, we can book your treatment in for a date and time that suits you.

On the day of your face peeling treatment, you’ll be able to go through any last-minute questions with your practitioner or nurse. Each chemical skin peel has a different strength of active ingredients and therefore the treatment itself varies. Generally, the procedure involves preparing the area to be treated and then carefully applying the chemical skin peel. It will be removed after a specific time and, depending on the type of peel, a cream may then be applied. The chemical peel works by bringing the pH of the skin to an optimum acidity level. This chemically loosens the glue that binds the dead and damaged cells, causing exfoliation and promoting new cell growth. The treatment usually takes around 30 minutes and will be carried out in one of our Care Quality Commission-registered facilities.

You’ll be able to leave the clinic as soon as your chemical peel treatment has been completed. Some chemical peels are single skin peeling treatments and you should be fine to go about your normal day-to-day activities with no downtime. Other types of treatment may require a chemical peel course, some of which have little or no downtime, some with a maximum of 7 to 10 days recovery period. As you will have sensitive skin after your chemical peel, you should always use sunblock post-treatment.

We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the treatment itself, so we’re here to support you. If you have any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. During your consultation, our fully qualified practitioners will assess your skin and provide chemical peel aftercare advice and recommendations for ongoing treatments. Mild cosmetic face peels such as the Glycolic peel can be used as an extension of your beauty regime and repeated at certain intervals to help keep skin looking smoother and fresher. For example, face peels such as Glycolic, Epionce Lite Refresh and Obagi Blue Peel are recommended once every two weeks and are most effective when a course is completed. Epionce corrective face peels are recommended once every four weeks to maintain a glowing complexion. Easy TCA peels are recommended once a week or once every two weeks, with a total of four peels in a chemical peel course.

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