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Chemical Peels for Acne, Pigmentation & Skin Texture

TCA Peel, Jessner Peel, Retin A, Enzyme & Pumpkin Peel

Chemoexfoliation, also known as a chemical peel, has been the cornerstone of glowing smooth skin for over 30 years.  The goal of a face peel is to improve the appearance of your skin, treating a range of skin concerns to produce clearer skin, a more even skin tone or a more youthful appearance. Chemoexfoliation uses  a group of cosmetic acids applied to the skin, including: TCA Peels • Salicylic Acid Peels • Glycolic Acid Peels • Jessner Peels • Lactic Acid Peels • Retin A Peels

More recent trends have been to use combinations of these agents to produce a range of multifunctional skin peel facials. At Pearl, we offer medical peels to treat acne, skin pigmentation, acne scarring, melasma, sun damage, enlarged pores and aging skin concerns.  We also provide superficial chemical peel combinations such as Pumpkin Peels, Berry and Enzyme peels for softer, brighter skin. Contact Pearl Medispa to find out if chemoexfoliation is right for you. Please book online or call us on 07 3350 5447 for a free assessment.

Skin Analysis


Retin A & Jessner Peel


Pumpkin, Enzyme & Berry


Melanan Peel


How do Skin Peels Work?

Most Skin peels remove surface layers of skin cells and induce a healing response.  We use medical peels such as the Jessner peel and TCA peel, in addition to combination face peels such as Pumpkin, Berry and Enzyme peels. Another type of skin peel is Retin A peel, or Vitamin A peel entirely differently from traditional chemical peels. It is an incredibly well-tolerated and effective skin peel for photoaging, pigmentation including melasma, acne and scarring. It belongs in a class of its own. So we will talk about Retin A peel at the end of the traditional chemical peel offering and another new chemical peel, the cosmelan peel.

Face Peel Treatment Options

The best chemical peel for you varies according to your skin concern. Our therapists will tailor your skin peel for specific aesthetic improvement.  There are four broad applications for skin peels: fading pigmentation, settling inflammatory skin conditions, rejuvenating photoaging and skin texture concerns, and healing scarring.

Fading pigmentation to restore even skin colour from sun damage pigmentation or melasma.

  • Pigmentation Peel: The best chemical peels for sun damage pigmentation treatment are: Berry Peels, Enzyme Peels  Jessner Peel or Retin A peel. The best pigmentation peel for melasma:  Retin A peel. Cosmelan, Melanan.

 They are settling inflammatory skin concerns such as acne, rosacea and post-acne pigmentation.

  • Chemical Peel for Acne: The best chemical peel for acne remains the gold standard salicylic acid peel or salicylic acid-containing Jessner peel. Retin A peel and Pumpkin peels are also excellent.

Rejuvenation of photoaging and skin texture concerns by improving signs of sun damage, minimising enlarged pores, smoothing coarse, rough skin, and creating more radiance for a dull complexion.

  • Peels for Sun Damage and Skin Texture Concerns: The best chemical peels for sun damage treatment are: Berry Peels, Enzyme Peels  Jessner Peel or Retin A peel

Healing scarring, treating acne scars and chickenpox scars (TCA cross for icepick and enlarged pores)

  • Chemical Peel for Acne Scars: The best chemical peels for acne scars are Jessner Peel and the Retin A peel, which is helpful with all scar healing. TCA peel in high strength administered as TCA cross for ice pick acne scars. Lasers such as CO2 laser of Pico subscision are preferred over chemical peels for acne scars.

Why Choose Pearl for Your Skin Peel?

We are a cosmetic medicine clinic, and though we do like a little bit of fluff, we are more interested in science and affordable skin treatments. Our therapists are trained to analyse your skin and develop the best facial treatment plan for you. We offer; advanced TCA peel, Jessner, and Retin A peel to improve textural and pigmentation concerns. In addition, combination AHA, BHA and enzyme peels provide a fast way to brighten and hydrate for radiant skin. We guide the right face peel for you with an obligation free consultation. Contact Pearl Medispa to find out if chemoexfoliation is right for you.

Please book online or call us on 07 3350 5447 for a free assessment.

Chemical Peels, Superficial, Medium or Deep?

Chemical peels are divided into three categories, depending on the depth of penetration.

  • Superficial chemical peels penetrate the epidermis only.
  • Medium-depth chemical peels affect the epidermis and top layer of the dermis.
  • Deep chemical peels penetrate the full depth of the skin.

Superficial Skin Peels

The goal of a superficial peel is to treat conditions confined to the top layer of your skin, the epidermis. These include:  low to medium strength alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) such as glycolic and lactic acid. Low concentration BHA of salicylic acid < (30%) All of these provide excellent superficial chemoexfoliation with minimal downtime. However, they have different treatment applications. Most commonly, modern chemical peels consist of a mixture of acids rather than a single agent. With superficial peels, you will notice superficial flaking over several days, but it does not breach the skin nor cause crusting.

Commonly Used Superficial Skin Peels.

The Glycolic acid peel is the best known AHA and, at a concentration of 20-50%, provide superficial peeling. It is was once considered the first-line choice of chemical peel for the treatment of melasma, however more recently, Retin A peels (Retin A peel) and Cosmelan have surpassed this.


More recently, lactic and mandelic acids have become more popular for superficial peeling. They are better tolerated than glycolic acid but still as effective. Lactic acid peel is as effective in treating photodamage, pigmentation, and fine wrinkles as the glycolic acid peel.

Mandelic acid peels effectively treat post-inflammatory erythema, rosacea and pigmentation, and decrease oil production, making them practical for treating acne and oily skin concerns. Sometimes known as the party facial, there is no flaking,  just an immediate brightening for the skin.

Salicylic acid peels  (BHA beta-hydroxy acid).  

Salicylic acid peels having a similar chemical structure to mandelic acid peels means it is excellent for decreasing oil production in acne lesions. A 30% salicylic acid is often considered the “gold standard” superficial chemical peel for acne treatment. And has excellent effectiveness for the treatment of mild-to-moderate inflammatory acne. Salicylic acid peels can be used in low concentrations for a pick me up party facial concept and forms part of the Jessner peel formulation –excellent for acne.

Medium Depth Skin Peels

Medium-depth skin peels allow for controlled changes to skin proteins into the top layer of the dermis. This results in a more significant regenerative change and has an excellent effect on treating fine wrinkles, melasma, superficial acne scars, and acne.

Medium-depth skin peels.

The most common medium depth chemical peel currently is the Jessner Peel. The original benchmark for medium-depth chemoexfoliation was a 40% TCA peel.

  • It was a popular and frequently used chemical peel to treat fine wrinkles, sun damage and pigmentation.
  • High-concentration TCA peels have fallen out of favour because it has a higher risk of complications.
  • Most commonly now TCA peels are used in a treatment called TCA Cross. High concentrations of TCA peel solutions (70% and above) are applied using a toothpick to pinpoint areas of scarring such as ice pick acne scars or chickenpox scars. This technique can also be applied to enlarged pores)

The Jessner peel consists of a combination of salicylic acid, resorcinol and lactic acid. Containing salicylic acid, it is an excellent choice for acne. Because it has deeper penetration, it is ideal for skin textural concerns, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles and pigmentation concerns such as melasma or pigment from sun damage. Jessner peels are smelly, but the results are fantastic!

Commonly Used Medium Skin Peels.

A jessner peel is one of the most versatile chemical peels available.  First of all, it is beneficial for both acne and sun damage and general skin ageing. Unfortunately, the jessner peel went out of fashion for a while as laser treatments came into vogue. However, it has come fully back into the spotlight as an effective treatment with no actual downtime. Most noteworthy, jessner peels are our number one chemical peel. It is our team favourite and our treatment favourite.


Jessner Peel vs TCA Peel

A TCA peel was one of the first deep chemoexfoliant treatments used for resurfacing. Because of the activity of the TCA molecules, it provides fantastic treatment results.

How deep does a TCA peel penetrate?

The depth of penetration is dependent on the strength of the TCA peel.

  • 3.75% is superficial suitable for the treatment of pigmentation only.
  • 20% is shallow to a medium ideal for treating pigmentation and refreshing the skin.
  • 25% is slightly stronger than 20%, but even with the 5% difference in TCA strength, we start to see a vast difference in the ability to treat sun damage, pigmentation and melasma
  • TCA peel 40% is a medium-depth. They were traditionally used for the removal of pigmentation from sun damage. Doctors only perform 40% TCA peels.

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep face peels have fallen out of favour due to rapid advancement in IPL, laser and radiofrequency (RF) technology. The laser allows more precise and predictable outcomes and lowers side effects post-treatment for deeper skin concerns. For resurfacing erbium or CO2 lasers or RF microneedling, redness and pigmentation concern IPL such as BBL Hero or long-pulsed 1064 and 532 nm lasers give more consistent results.

Unique Chemical Peels

Retin A Peel – Cost $165

Traditional face peels rely on congealing protein bonds that hold superficial skin cells together or other skin proteins to allow an exfoliation. A Retin A peels, on the other hand, consists of tretinoin, a fat-soluble Retin A derivative that penetrates readily into your skin. Retin A attaches to retinoid receptors in skin cells in the epidermis and dermis, inside and outside the nucleus of the cells.

For sun damage and pigment concerns: It has its effect by turning on the action of the cells. Increasing epidermal cell turnover (causing superficial peeling) stabilises pigment cell action, decreasing pigmentation and stimulating fibroblasts to lay down new collagen, elastin and HA. The Retin A peel action relies on turning on your skin cells to behave more like younger skin cells did before they were sun-damaged.

For Acne Treatment: It helps normalise sebum-producing cell activity for acne, helps clear acne obstruction, and has the healing effect of minimising scarring post-acne.

Because there is no effect on skin proteins, Retin A peel is incredibly well tolerated by just about everyone.

Cosmelan Peel – Cost around $1000.

Cosmelan Peel is a type of chemical peel used to reduce unwanted pigmentation. Cosmelan works by inhibiting melanin production, which is responsible for dark pigmentation seen on the skin. It is effective for pigmentation and melasma. Cosmelan peel is a two-step process, with the first step taking place in the clinic.

  • First, the face is treated with the Cosmelan peel, which is left for 6-10 hours.
  • The second step, using Cosmelan 2, is applied after seven days to prevent a recurrence.
  • A regular maintenance programme is required for melasma treatment to reduce the chances of recurrence. For example, Cosmelan peel may be necessary every six months.

Combination Skin Peels.

Indications for Enzyme Peel

  • All skin types
  • Pigmented skin

The Dermaenergy Enzyme Peel is a unique blend of fruit enzymes – Mango Enzyme, Pineapple Enzyme, Papaya Enzyme, Pomegranate, Starfruit, Passionfruit, Kiwi, Mangosteen, Pineapple, Lychee, Indian Jujube and Guava ex­tracts. The Enzyme Peel contains a total of 40% Fruit Enzymes.

Indications for Berry Peel

  • All skin types
  • Pigmented skin

The Dermaenergy Berry Peel is a unique blend of 6 different berries – Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Macqi Berry, Cranberry Enzyme, Bearberry and 30% Lactic Mandelic Acid. In addition, the Berry Peel contains 40% Berry Extracts.

  • Lactic Acid 15%
  • Mandelic Acid 15%
  • Rumex – helps treat pigmentation
  • Ascorbic acid – helps treat pigmentation
  • Lemon + Licorice – helps treat pigmentation
  • ATP – increases energy


Indications for Pumpkin Peel

  • Fitzpatrick Type: All

Pumpkin Peel is an effective exfoliator derived from pumpkin. Pumpkin proteolytic enzymes help to digest proteins that have accumulated on the skin’s surface. As a result, enhance cellular renewal through exfoliation for a smooth, even skin texture.

The Dermaenergy Pumpkin Peel is unique. The antibacterial effects of Salicylic Acid make the Pumpkin Peel ideal to help treat and prevent acne. Coupled with Lactic and Glycolic Acid, this treatment also helps to improve skin’s tone and texture.


  • Pumpkin 40%
  • Lactic Acid 10%
  • Glycolic Acid 10%
  • Salicylic Acid 2%
  • Pulp: Carrot + Pumpkin
  • Protein: Pea + Rice
  • Peptide: Matrixyl
  • Energy: ATP


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