What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are solutions applied to the skin with the goal of achieving facial rejuvenation.chemical peel

Chemical peels are acidic, or low pH, solutions. When they are applied to the skin, they produce a “burn.” Stronger, or more acidic chemical peels will produce a stronger burn, penetrating into deeper layers of skin.

Light chemical peels produce light exfoliation of only the outer layers of skin, called the epidermis. Alphahydroxy acids, Beta hydroxy acids and glycolic solutions are the most common solutions used for a light exfoliation on people that have dry skin.

Phenol, or high concentration TCA acids are the most common agents used for deep chemical peels. These chemical penetrate into the deeper layer of the skin, called the dermis, producing more dramatic skin rejuvenation, but usually require a 6 to 8 week recovery period. Deep peels are indicated for people with deep wrinkles.

Light TCA, the most common medium depth chemical peel, is usually recommended for light wrinkles and pigmentation. It works between the superficial and the deep skin, the mid-dermis. The results achieved and recovery time associated with this peel, will be somewhere in between a light and deep chemical peel.
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Store-Bought or Spa Chemical Peels

Light chemical peels, because of their very superficial penetration, are the safest chemical peel. However, they produce the least skin rejuvenation benefits. Most peels performed at spas, sold over the counter, or sold in commercial skin care products are light chemical peels.

A common misconception is that getting light peels with greater frequency will bring out a higher quality of skin rejuvenation. More appropriate levels of skin renewal can only be achieved by a medium, or deep peel.

Medium to deep peels are considered a medical procedure, rather than a cosmetic treatment. These chemicals cannot be purchased over the counter, or applied by an unlicensed provider. A deep understanding of their use is required, as complications can occur if these deep chemical peels are not applied by an experienced medical provider.

How Does a Deep Chemical Peel Work?

Medium and deep peels yield better skin rejuvenation than light chemical peels, because of their dual action. They remove outer skin layers, and stimulate collagen, resulting in increased skin elasticity and further wrinkle removal. Since they are stronger acids, they produce a deeper burn with an extended recovery time. This protracted recovery time, and the public’s false preconception of increased complications, have caused a dramatic drop in the number of medium and deep peels being offered.


Dr Siegel grew frustrated with the lack of options for skin rejuvenation. Light chemical peels produced very limited results, and medium to deep ones were not well accepted by the public due to perceived complications.

Dr Siegel, in combination with a small pharmaceutical company, formulated the only non-acid skin peel. By removing the water component, and neutralizing the pH, the burning component was essentially removed. This allowed for the exclusive development of a treatment that is painless on application, eliminating the need for sedation or numbing.

A proprietary blend of pharmaceutical grade and high purity elements are combined to produce exfoliation, remove skin pigmentation, and discoloration, as well as to stimulate collagen to increase skin’s elasticity. All these, without the burn accompanied with traditional peels and the prolonged recovery, yet with stunning results that are seen in as short as one week.
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Cost of Chemical Peels

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons listed the average price for a chemical peel at around $420.00.

While Dr Siegel’s non-acid peels are comparable in price to other peels on the market, the dollar amount does not necessarily reflect the value of the procedure. A series of light peels, or micro-dermabrasion, which individually may appear to be inexpensive, and have a very short recovery, may not be delivering any cumulative effect on skin renewal. Further, the amount of money invested after a series of these skin regimens may actually cost you more money in the long run. An up-front investment with clinically proven results is a better choice.