Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels are used to improve the texture of skin using chemical solutions that prompt dead skin to peel off, leaving with regenerated skin that is usually less wrinkled than the old skin. At The Pharmacy Inc Compounding Pharmacy, chemical peels can be custom-made to suit individual skin types and skincare needs. Multiple strengths of each chemical peel types are available, and specific ingredients may be incorporated based on individual preferences.

Chemical peels should be done by a trained dermatologist or aesthetician. Home-made chemical peels may lead to adverse reactions if improperly handled.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be made for almost all skin conditions, and may also improve complexion and exert anti-aging effects in individuals without skin conditions.

Chemical peels may also be used to improve conditions such as:

  • Vitiligo and other skin pigmentation conditions
  • Sun damage e.g. age spots
  • Fine lines / wrinkles
  • Acne scars and blemishes

Strengths and Depth of Effect

The strength of a chemical peel depends on how deep the solution penetrates the skin. Strength can vary depending on three factors: concentration of active ingredients in the formulation, pH of the formulation, and the length of time the solution is left on the skin.



Chemical Peels


Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are categorized based on the depth of effect.

Classification Type of Peel Depth of Penetration

Lactic acid 20 – 50%

Glycolic acid 20 – 50%

Salicylic acid 10 – 30%

Jessner’s peel 1 – 3 coats

Thins and removes stratum corneum; does not create a wound below the stratum granulosum

Glycolic acid 50 – 70%

TCA 10 – 30%

Jessner’s peel 4 – 10 coats

Creates necrosis of part of, or all the epidermis, anywhere from the stratum granulosum to the basal cell layer
Medium depth

Glycolic acid 70%

TCA 35 – 40%

Creates necrosis of the epidermis and part of the papillary dermis
Deep Phenol Creates necrosis of the epidermis and papillary dermis, which extends into the reticular dermis

Some compounded formulas require a prescription from the doctor. Contact our pharmacy or one of our sales representatives for more information.