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Chemical Peels

Help reduce the effects of sun damage by having a chemical peel in Adelaide today

Chemical peels at ACM Adelaide
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Chemical Peels For Skin Rejuvenation - Adelaide

Reverse the signs of ageing by having a chemical peel today. Chemical peels are a proven method of creating more youthful appearing skin and also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hiding beneath the top layers of dead skin, you will find a beautiful complexion that is smoother, brighter and more refined, just waiting to show itself.  Chemical peels are the answer when it comes to revealing this inner skin beauty.  If your concern should be clearing up acne breakout, reducing hyper-pigmentation caused by sun damage or reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles then skin peels are also what you are looking for.


How it works

What is a Chemical Peel And Why Should I Get One?

Chemical skin peels use enzymes and acids to remove the dead top layer of skin, to reveal a more youthful, clearer and fresher appearing skin. Basically, a chemical peel exfoliates the top layers of your skin.  Instead of using a harsh scrub or dermabrasion, different types of chemical ingredients are used to remove the layers of dead skin.  Apart from curing your skin blemish issues, chemical peels will also allow the skin care products that you use to be absorbed more effectively.

It is a very popular treatment that is used all over the world and helps to treat wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.  Why not come and try chemical peel and see how life-transforming the results can be for you?

What Can a Chemical Peel Do to Help My Skin?

  • Even skin texture and tone.
  • Revive dull looking skin.
  • Rejuvenate and brighten the skin
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Soften and smooth the skin.
  • Reduce the effects of sun damage and eliminate/ reduce skin pigmentation.
  • Help to alleviate acne breakouts and reduce inflammation.
  • Stimulate the production of collagen, creating a plump, youthful appearing skin.

What Does The Skin Peel Procedure Involve?

At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, your skincare expert will prepare your skin, so there is a smooth base ready for the peel.  After the peel has been applied, you may notice a tightening and tingling sensation.  Different skin types, will, of course, react differently.  Depending on which skin peel formula you have chosen, the chemical may be left on for a few hours to neutralize or may only be left on for a few minutes. The manufacturer’s instructions are followed for each peel brand.  The doctor will look for the endpoint where frosting of the skin is visible.

What Are The Different Types of Chemical Peel?

We have a whole host of chemical peel treatments available which can offer solutions to a range of skin conditions. It is always our aim to offer the mildest treatment that will be effective, but sometimes deeper peels will be the best option.  Our skin expert, Dr Rahma Targett, will access your skin type and condition and recommend a skin peel tailored for you to yield maximal results.

There are basically three different types of chemical peel. The different types indicate just how deeply the chemical peel exfoliates the skin.

  1. Superficial Peel
  2. Medium Peel
  3. Deep Peel

The best chemical peel is chosen according to a persons skin type using the Fitzpatrick Scale. There are six skin types number 1 to 6.

Type 1: White skin, burns easily and doesn’t tan

Type 2:White skin, usually burns, rarely tans

Type 3:Darker skin, burns slightly and tans

Type 4: Light brown skin, rarely burns, tans easily

Type 5: Dark brown skin, rarely burns, tans easily

Type 6:Black skin does not burn

Lighter skinned people of type 1 to type 3 are usually safe to have any type of skin peel. They rarely have problems with hyperpigmentation or scarring.

Type 4 and type 5 skin are restricted to having superficial peels only. This is because this group of people are at risk of hyper or hyperpigmentation and scarring

What is a Superficial Skin Peel?

For skin issues that affect only the top layer of the skin, a superficial skin peel will be recommended.

Because a superficial peel does not involve the deeper layers of skin, they have fewer side effects and a faster recovery time.

Superficial chemical peels usually take from 1 to 7 days to heal. Always wear sunscreen to protect the skin as it heals.

Since superficial chemical peels do not penetrate deeply, 3 to 5 treatments may be required to see the desired results.  treatments may be conducted every 2 to 5 weeks.

What is a Medium Depth Skin Peel?

Medium depth skin peels are good for treating;

  • sun-damaged skin
  • minor acne scars
  • fine wrinkles
  • minor hyperpigmentation

Medium depth peels are able to reach down to a depth known as the papillary dermis. This is the second layer of the skin.

Medium depth peels will take between 7 to 14 days to heal. This type of peel will cause swelling which will get worse following your treatment. It may also cause your skin to blister.

Again, always avoid direct sunlight after your treatment.  You may wear makeup after 5 to 7 days.

What Ingredients Are Used in a Chemical Peel?

Dr Targett our resident skin specialist will determine which chemical peels will work best for your skin type and skin condition. For ageing issues and hyper-pigmentation, usually, a Glycolic Acid Peel will be suggested. For sensitive skin, lactic acid-based peels are often used.  If you are seeking a solution to your acne, then a salicylic acid formula or a combination treatment may be used.

When chemical peels are applied to the skin a white counting will appear after a period of time.  This is known as “frosting”. This frosting marks the endpoint of the peel, so the doctor will know when the chemical has had time to do its job.

Are There Any Side Effects to Chemical Peels?

Medium and deep peels are most susceptible to side effects.

Usually, side effects are only mild and transient. However, some people can develop long-lasting adverse reactions, including;

  • Persistent redness that lasts for months
  • Temporary dark patches of skin
  • Permanent light patches of skin
  • Scarring

If you wish to proceed with having a chemical peel, you will be asked to sign a consent form stating that you acknowledge the risks involved in the procedure.

Before & After

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ACM patient after chemical peels, before and afters gallery After
Milk Peel (per treatment) from $350
Cosmo Peel (per treatment) from $500

The Doctor

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Dr Rahma Targett

Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide.  She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and  a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques.  At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.



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What Is a Skin Peel For Acne?

Chemical peels are recommended when topical acne medication available from the pharmacy does not produce the desired results. A chemical peel will result in a clearer complexion free from active acne as well as improving the appearance of acne scars.

A chemical peel as the name suggests involves applying a chemical solution to the skin surface.  This will cause the skin to peel and blister over several days.  Fresh new skin will be revealed once the dead skin has peeled off. Additionally, a skin peels will reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and scars associated with acne.  Besides helping to eliminate active acne, an acne peel can make the skin appear smoother and help remove any pigmentation.

Why Are Chemical Peels a Good Treatment For Acne?

Most people do not know that chemical peels can not only treat acne scars but also treat active acne. Additionally, they can treat clogged pores, hyperpigmentation, inflamed breakouts, and mild scarring.

According to Dr Targett, “Chemical peels for acne are an excellent treatment for renewing the outer layer of the skin.  Chemical peels help to keep the pores clear by removing the dead skin cells.  Once the pores are clear, oil from sebaceous glands, as well as bacteria causing acne, are free to flow to the surface of the skin instead of causing an infection beneath the skin.”

Modern chemical peels are much milder than they once were.  You should not have to endure days of hiding away with red flaking skin.

By treating acne with chemical peels you can prevent the formation of acne scars as well as having clean, fresh, and acne free skin.

What Chemicals Are Used In a Chemical Peel For Acne?

There are basically three categories of chemicals peels that are used to treat acne. These are; AHA peels(alpha hydroxy acid), TCA peels (trichloroacetic acid) and Phenol Peels. AHA peels are the most gentle peels, TCA peels are a little stronger and Phenol peels are the strongest type of peel.  AHA peels are mild and used for the treatment of active acne.  TCA peels and Phenol peels are used for acne scars and are much more severe in action and require a longer recovery period.

There is no recovery time necessary, and patients can return home or work immediately after the injection process. There are no specific aftercare instructions and no downtime.

Within about a week, the muscle relaxant will have taken full effect, blocking signals to the sweat glands. You should see a noticeable reduction in sweat by this time. Patients should note that it is common to experience a substantial reduction, rather than complete elimination, of sweating.

The results of this treatment last for 6-8 months. Many patients return for repeat injections in order to maintain its effects.

What Can I Expect After Having A Chemical Peel For Acne?

The recovery period for a chemical peel for acne will depend on the type of chemical peel used.  For active acne, an AHA peel will usually be used.  After effects of an AHA peel include, redness, flaking skin, dryness.  These effects are usually very mild and you will be able to return to normal activities straight away without any downtime.