Do Chemical Peels Hurt?

Would you like your skin to be brighter, firmer, and smoother? Try a chemical peel! Although chemical peels are such a common procedure there is still a lot of incorrect information out there about how they work. So it’s not surprising that interested clients frequently ask – Do chemical peels hurt.

How chemical peels work

A chemical peel is a skin care procedure in which a chemical solution is used to exfoliate the outermost surface of the skin, to revitalize its appearance. Peels range from superficial to deep, depending on the concentration of the solution used.

Do Chemical Peels Hurt?

Patients will feel some tingling and stinging once the peel is applied, but advanced professional-grade peels like the Jessner Peels and Piruvex Peels do not hurt.

The skin is very sensitive after a chemical peel, so patients are advised to minimize direct sun exposure, and apply sunblock with SPF30 or higher. They should also avoid exfoliating the skin for at least 48 hours, as this can cause irritation and discomfort.

What can chemical peels treat?

Chemical peels are typically used to address skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and age spots.

Chemical peels must be performed properly to ensure there are no complications, and the desired results are achieved. Patients are therefore advised to consult with a physician that specializes in facial aesthetics. An experienced skin care specialist will be able to recommend the appropriate peel for your skin type and skin concerns.

Would you like to learn more about chemical peels? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Toronto or Mississauga, ON, Skinatomy Laser Clinic is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling at (647) 557-2730 (Toronto) or (289) 809-5113 (Mississauga).

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