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How Much is a Chemical Peel?

You have many choices for skin rejuvenation, but chemical peels are among the most versatile and effective. These highly customizable treatments allow your Skinatomy Laser Clinic team to tailor your treatment to your goals, concerns, and lifestyle. Chemical peels may also offer a lower-cost alternative to more expensive skin treatments. 

What are Chemical Peels?

The ingredients that make up most chemical peels may sound familiar since many of us use at-home versions in our own skincare routines. Chemical peels are an exfoliating treatment that uses acids to break apart dead and damaged layers of skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter surface. They often contain salicylic, glycolic, trichloroacetic, or carbolic (phenol) acids. They may also contain a range of other ingredients targeted to specific skin concerns like hyperpigmentation or lines and wrinkles.

How Much is a Chemical Peel?

Because chemical peels come in many varieties, it is difficult to provide an average cost. Factors that affect the cost of treatment with chemical peels include:

  • Your location
  • Your provider’s skill and experience
  • The type of peel
  • The number of peels needed

Chemical peels are often more affordable than many other treatment options that address similar concerns. You can usually expect a gentle or light peel to be the least expensive, while a deep peel will be the most expensive. However, some lighter peels have special ingredients or properties that affect the cost. 

We recommend a consultation so we can assess your needs and determine the best type of peel for you. We will also estimate how many treatment sessions you can expect so you have a clearer idea of your overall cost. 

What Can Chemical Peels Treat?

We use chemical peels to address many different skin concerns. While they are effective for many issues, it is particularly beneficial for issues such as:

Acne and Acne Scarring

If you struggle with acne, chemical peels can be your best friend. They clear and tighten pores, eliminate the dead layers of skin that can cause blockages, and control excessive oil production. As a result, your skin looks clearer and smoother. 

Chemical peels can also decrease the appearance of acne scars while preventing you from developing more. Most people who have chemical peels to control acne will see a gradual improvement in acne scars, or you can choose to treat them more directly. 


By removing the layers of skin that hold age-related damage, chemical peels reveal a softer, more youthful appearance. This treatment can smooth wrinkles, fade age spots, and restore skin’s even texture. It can also bring fresh new skin cells to the surface to give you a healthy glow. 

Sun Damage

Chemical peels are also an effective way to remove the layers of skin that carry your years of sun exposure. As a result, a series of treatments can dramatically improve signs of sun damage, including wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and rough texture. 


Chemical peels are an excellent treatment for issues like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after acne, brown spots from aging or sun damage, and a variety of other pigmentation concerns. A series of chemical peels is one of the easiest ways to achieve a smooth, even skin tone with little to no downtime. 

Collagen Loss

Your skin begins to lose collagen at a younger age than you may think, and it can lead to loss of firmness and the appearance of wrinkles. Chemical peels can trigger new collagen production for skin that looks and feels younger and more elastic. Adding collagen also improves textural issues like scars. 

Consultations Available Now

Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for you by meeting with one of our knowledgeable providers at Skinatomy Laser Clinic for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

How Strong are Chemical Peels?

While we can customize your chemical peels for your needs, they generally fall into one of three categories:

Light Peels

Light peels are a great all-purpose way to brighten and improve your skin. Light chemical peels are used as often as needed, and a series of treatments can improve skin’s texture and clarity. Because these peels work on the surface layers of skin, they are not the best treatment for wrinkles, significant textural issues, or deep pigmentation problems. 

Medium Peels

Many of the most popular in-office chemical peels fall into this category. With a bit more downtime than a light peel but far less than a deep one, medium peels can address a wide range of skin concerns. A series of these peels will improve lines, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, and many other issues. 

Deep Peels

Deep peels are much more intensive than most other types. They are performed under general anesthesia and require close monitoring during the process. While they require a recovery period, they can treat deep wrinkles and scars, age spots, and precancerous lesions. Deep peels are performed much less often than other types. 

Is There Any Downtime After Chemical Peels?

The amount of downtime after a chemical peel depends on how deeply the peel works. Light peels typically have no downtime, allowing you to return to your usual activities immediately. Medium peels vary, but you may experience redness, sensitivity, and flaking or peeling for a few days. These may or may not be noticeable enough for you to take a day or two off while your skin recovers. A deep peel will result in several weeks of significant redness and intensive peeling. 

How Often Should I Get a Chemical Peel?

How often you have a chemical peel depends on several factors, including the intensity of the peel and the issues you want to treat. You can have some light peels as often as every few weeks to improve or maintain clear, bright skin. Medium peels may be used every few months to treat skin concerns or once or twice a year to fight signs of aging. Deep peels are only performed once. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels come in so many varieties that almost anyone can benefit. Good candidates for a chemical peel have reasonable expectations and understand the risks and benefits. Candidates should have healthy skin without irritation or active skin conditions. Chemical peels are not recommended for people with certain medical conditions or those who are pregnant. 


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Take The Next Step

Are you ready to learn more about how much chemical peels cost? If so, we would love for you to take your next step and call the professionals at Skinatomy Laser Clinic to schedule your complimentary consultation. We can help you choose the treatment that is perfect for you. Fill out the form on this page or call us at (416) 901-9392 (Toronto) or (905) 949-9198 (Mississauga). We look forward to helping you become the best you possible!

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