A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to skin to peel away the top layers. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking.

Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, skin discoloration and scars — typically on the face.  Peels may also remove pre – cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control acne.  Peels are most commonly performed on the face and neck, although the chest, back, hands, arms, and legs can also be treated depending on the type of peel that is used.

By varying the amount of chemical applied, you can get different depths of peel while using the same chemical agent.  A superficial peel addresses only the outer layers of skin, and results in a healthy glow that lasts for several weeks. Repeat peels are necessary to maintain results.  A medium peel results in the deeper penetration and regeneration of collagen, the protein that is a major component in the body’s connective tissue.  Medium depth peels can be achieved with a variety of chemicals.

Lillique Offers verities of chemical peels:

  • Vi Peel
  • PCA Peel
  • Jessner’s Peel


Significant complications with chemical peels are infrequent, but potential complications include:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Temporary changes in skin or uneven tone. These include: Hyperpigmentation (a darkening of the skin, treatable in most cases with current bleaching techniques)
  • Cold sores breakouts in patients who have a history of recurring blisters and cold sores, like herpes and shingles. (An anti – viral medication before and after the procedure can help to prevent this).
  • Risks for those with a family history of heart disease (Phenol peel only).


You should not have a chemical peel if you:

  • Continue to have excessive sun exposure
  • Have active Herpes Simplex, Warts, history of Keloidal scarring
  • Underwent any type of recent facial surgical procedures
  • Used Accutane in the last year (which increases your chances of excessive scarring) or on an active high dose B5 supplement
  • Pregnant or Lactating
  • Have any auto immune diseases
  • Have had any recent radioactive or Chemotherapy treatments
  • Have sunburn, windburn or broken skin or have recently waxed or have recently used a depilatory such as Nair® or use Vaniqua®.