Do peels really thin your skin?

To crack this myth, we first need to look at our skin’s layers and understand how the three skin layers work together.
The deepest layer, or the hypodermis, is where our fat cells are situated which provide our skin with volume, shape and that desirable youthful look. Peels do not affect the hypodermis.

The middle layer, or dermis, is where the collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid are produced to give our skin its strength, elasticity and hydration. This is the “living layer” of the skin and in essence, a chemical peel helps to give it a kick start in the right direction. It’s also the layer where healing takes place and it’s the main target for anti-ageing treatments. Ideally, the dermis should be fairly thick to keep our skin looking young. Ageing causes the dermis to slow down its production of collagen and elastin which results in a thinner dermis. The thinner dermis then causes visible sagging, wrinkle and more pigmentation.

The upper layer, or epidermis (what we see in the mirror), consists mainly of dead skin cells. Younger skin has a fast cell turnover rate but as we age, the skin renewal slows down and the dead skin cells pile up. This results in the formation of fine lines, discolouration and dull appearance.


In summary, we can, therefore, say that a chemical peel removes the outer layer of dead skin cells. This signals the dermis to start producing more collagen and elastin which will increase its density. All of which result in the outer skin layer looking more youthful, with fewer fine lines, wrinkles and skin discolouration. By restoring the balance of a thinner outer layer (epidermis) and thicker middle layer (dermis), the skin glows and looks younger. Another great benefit of the thinner epidermis is that skincare products can penetrate the skin more effectively.

A shock treatment in a clinical setting and the results are worth it!

LIGHT PEEL – 60 minutes – R650 – All skins, balance, radiance

TIME PEEL – 60 minutess – R850 – Mature skins, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin