Education, Wellness / Self-Care

What is a Body peel chemical treatment?

It’s the must-have item of the summer, that’s what.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jul 14, 2022

With the warmer temperatures, you might be noticing lackluster and dry skin, like everywhere. The good news? Body peels are here to save the day. Peels can help slough away acne and are a one size fits all way of renewing skin. Plus, they also work as an exfoliator to help smooth bumpy skin that you might have.


The difference between getting a peel on your face and one on your body is the higher percentage of active ingredients that work to erase stretch marks, sun spots, dryness and keratosis pilaris. By removing the dead outer skin layer, chemical body peels help products penetrate better — leading to more hydrated and nourished skin. Curious to learn more? Keep reading.


What exactly is a body peel? How does it work?

Put simply, a chemical body peel helps remove and exfoliate the dead skin cells. Doing so gives skin a refreshing, glowing complexion, and improves the tone. Not to mention, body peels increase cell turnover and corrects hyperpigmentation, as well as fine lines.


When you get a body peel, the dermatologist or esthetician will apply an acid, like beta hydroxy acid or alpha hydroxy acid to break up the dead skin cells. Much of the ingredients used in body peels are often used on the face, so don’t worry, they are completely safe and harmless. Usually, salicylic acid, kojic acid, trichloroacetic acid, and arbutin.


Great, so what are the benefits of body peels?

Although there are many benefits, here are the top 3.


  1. Body peels are a great option for people that have chest or back acne that is challenging to treat. The salicylic acid peels are oil-free and help penetrate the pores at a deeper level, helping them to unclog and prevent breakouts.
  2. Keratosis pilaris, or the condition to have rough and bumpy skin — typically on the arms or legs — can be improved with body peels, as well.
  3. And finally, regardless if they are from acne scars or blemishes, dark spots are no fun. Body peels work to exfoliate the skin and reveal a brighter complexion. So long, hyperpigmentation.


Cool, can anyone use it?

Short answer: Yes. Chemical body peels are used on the hands, butt, legs, chest, back, neck and anywhere on the body. They can be great for sensitive skin because they are not abrasive and is wonderful on all skin types. The great thing is most patients see an improvement in their skin in just one or two treatments.


However, if you’re looking for fine lines and wrinkles to diminish in appearance, that could take up to 6 treatments.


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