Chemical Peels | What to Expect

chemical peel

I’ve done chemical peels on myself as well as had them done professionally.  I’ve recently been having them done to repair my skin from previous acne issues. It has taken my skin nearly a year to adjust to the weather and water here in Guam. I get lots of questions about chemical peels especially when someone sees me during the healing process (I get it…I look terrifying 😂). Just in case you are considering this service. I wanted to give my thoughts and experiences with chemical peels. It is a wonderful way to take care of your skin.

Types of peels

There are several types of chemical peels. Different peels can be layered on top of each other or mixed to treat the skin in various ways. The most popular types of peels are TCA, Glycolic, Lactic, Salicylic, and Jessner. Of these, I have done Jessner and TCA. I enjoyed the results of both and didn’t see much difference between the two. Jessner peels are typically recommended for deeper skin tones. People with deeper skin tones often deal with hyperpigmentation and Jessner peels work well with that.

Peels give the skin a fresh start. They help with smoothing the appearance of wrinkles, evening out skin tone, acne, and post-acne scaring…just to name a few things. Peels are great for most skin types. When considering this service it is important to have a consultation with a licensed professional about what type of peel is best for you. 

Peels come in different strength percentages. Something to note, that just because a peel has a higher percentage doesn’t mean it will give better results. Often times lower percentage peels with more layers or advanced mixing techniques during application offers a deeper peel and more even results.


One thing I’m often asked is if chemical peels change the color of your skin (like bleaching). The answer is no. I would never use a chemical that would alter my natural skin tone. Chemical peels exfoliate the top layer of your skin. If you have a tan from the sun the fresh skin will appear brighter initially but will quickly even out as it heals. 

Depending on the peel and how many layers applied the healing process can take about 7-10 days. It is best to take off work and refrain from outside activities to allow time for proper recovery. It is especially important to stay out of the sun as your skin is very sensitive during this time. Lots of sunscreen is key.

As your skin heals it will be dry and flaky. Using a good moisturizer will help with premature peeling. I like to use aloe vera. Using a thick skin protectant like Neosporin is also recommended. Your license processional will always recommend or give you the best aftercare products.

I’ve recently been doing rounds of TCA peels. Stay tuned for the video diary of my last chemical peel.

Have you done a chemical peel before? Do you have any special aftercare tips?

Thanks for hanging out.
XO Terreana

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