The substances that are widely used are:
Alpha hydroxy acids – ΑΗΑ. The ΑΗΑ are ideal for treating mild photoaging, active acne and acne scars, fine expression lines, pigmentation disorders and skin dryness.
Glycolic acid. Glycolic acid comes in different strengths, ranging from 30 to 70%. It is ideal for treating pigmentation disorders (melasma, sun/age spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, chloasma), active acne and acne scars.
Salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is indicated in severe active acne, folliculitis, large skin pores, seborrhea and pigmentation disorders.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA). TCA is used at concentrations of 10-15-20 and 70%. It is indicated for the treatment of photo-aging, actinic keratosis, solar lentigines and expression wrinkles. TCA 70% is used for treating xanthelasmas.
Mandelic acid. Is indicated for hydration, cleansing, pore refining and seborrhea regulation.
Azelaic acid. It is indicated for treating active acne, acne signs, rosacea and pigmented skin lesions.
Kojic acid. It is ideal for treating pigmented skin lesions.
Jessner solution. We apply it to treat photo-aging lesions, expression wrinkles, seborrhea and acne.
Phenol (carbolic acid). Chemical peels that use phenol have deep and strong exfoliating action, leading to complete rejuvenation of the skin. Phenol is recommended for photo-aged skins with deep expression wrinkles (deep furrows) and pigment dyschromias, as well as for skins with deep scars and marks caused by grade IV acne. Particular caution must be exercised, because the use of phenol may be accompanied by serious complications.
There are three main types of chemical peels:
Superficial/Light Peels: They mostly act superficially by removing the top layer of the skin, the epidermis.
Medium Depth Peels: They penetrate deeper into the skin reaching the upper layer of the dermis.
Deep Peels: They reach the deepest layer of the dermis.
The deeper the peel penetrates the skin, the more visible its effect. However, deep peels require long-term recovery, i.e., the time required for the patient to return to his/her activities after treatment is longer.
Reduction of wrinkles and fine lines
Elimination of pigmentation abnormalities, spots, liver spots, melasma
Treatment of active acne
Treatment of acne scars
Treatment of eyelid xanthelasma (yellowish deposit of fat and cholesterol under the skin around or on the eyelids)
Treatment of actinic keratosis, mild precancerous skin lesions
The price for a medium-depth chemical peeling starts at €105/area/session.
Chemical peels can be used in combination with other treatments, such as:
FAQ’s on chemical peels
Cosmetic Derma Medicine uses more than 20 different chemical peel types, depending on the skin’s problem and type, to achieve the best possible result.
There are superficial/light, medium-depth, and deep peelings. These include the fruit acids (AHA), the glycolic acid, the thrichloroacetic acid, the Jessner solution, the lipohydroxy acid, the salicylic acid, the azelaic acid and many more.
A consultation with one of our doctors will answer your questions regarding which type of chemical peeling is best for you.
The best time to have a chemical peeling is after the summer, in order to minimize the risk of exposure to solar radiation. It is also essential to avoid sun exposure and to use a high SPF sunscreen. Mandelic acid may be safely used during the summer months, and thus, many call it “summer peeling”.