Chemical Peels: Costs, Types, Risks and Recovery

The chemical peeling treatment for face, neck and hands can be used to remove the upper and/or middle layer of the skin using different chemical solutions, such as AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids), TCA (trichloroacetic acid) and phenol. It can be used to reveal the brighter and smoother layer of the skin which has not been exposed to the pollutants or heat. The medium or deep peeling can be used to remove moderate to severe scarring of the face, neck or hands.

Types of Chemical Peeling

Chemical peeling is divided in three categories based upon the intensity of peeling.

  • Superficial peeling

Mild acids, such as AHA, are used for gentle exfoliation that penetrates only the topmost layer of skin. It can be used for skin brightening or removal of superficial scars.

  • Medium peeling

TCA or glycolic acid is used to penetrate to the middle layer of the skin. It can be used to remove mildly damaged skin cells.

  • Deep peeling

TCA or phenol is used to completely penetrate the middle layer of the skin. It can be used to remove the overly damaged skin cells.

Cost of Chemical Peeling

The skin peeling treatment may cost Rs. 2000-Rs. 9000 depending upon the type of the treatment.

Risks of Chemical Peeling

Chemical peeling may cause some adverse effects, such as

  • Lightening or darkening of the skin colour
  • Permanent scarring
  • Infections
  • Damage to the heart, liver or kidney after applying phenol

However, it is possible to avoid these risks if chemical peeling is performed at a reliable skin clinic in Kannur.


You have to carefully follow a dermatologist’s instructions to avoid complications and for fast recovery after the treatment. The recovery time depends upon the type of chemical peeling treatment.

  • Mild peeling – Recovery time is 4-7 days
  • Medium peeling – Recovery time is 5-7 days
  • Deep peeling – Complete recovery happens several months after the treatment