Skinceuticals Gel Peel

Product Summary

Launched in the UK in October 2004, SkinCeuticals Gel Peels are an excellent adjunct to microdermabrasion or IPL; and are ideal for those people who want to `prep` their skin prior to a more invasive peel. As they are a light peel they also have no down-time.

What does it contain?

Glycolic and Lactic acids

Salicylic and Mandelic acids

Is this a superficial, medium or deep peel?


What skin problems does it claim to treat?

They freshen up the face and can help to treat acne, break down hyperpigmentation (areas of darker pigment or brown patches in the skin), dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, photodamage, rough texture and ageing skin.

Suitable for ethnic skins.

Licenced status

Not applicable as it is a superficial peel.

Should be used by

Trained members of the medical profession only and beauty therapists (NVQ3 level and above) who have received training by Skinceuticals.

Product range

SkinCeuticals Gel Peel GL

SkinCeuticals Gel Peel SM

Skinceuticals Gel Peel GL

Skinceuticals Gel Pel SM

Contains glycolic and lactic acids and is used for photo-damaged skin.

Contains salicylic and mandelic acids and is used for problematic skin, such as acne.

Peels not to be used in

Pregnant, breastfeeding women or those already on a peeling programme, or using retinol products.

Peel program

2 weeks prior to the peel, a patch test is carried out and you will start using Skinceuticals C+AHA Antioxidant Serum morning OR night-time.

It is recommended that a course of 6 peels (1 per week) is undertaken. Thereafter, once a month for maintenance is ideal.

Those going on a course of Skinceuticals peels should also be using a topical antioxidant serum containing AHAs (fruit acids) and a broad-spectrum sunscreen to get the full benefits of the peel.

Alternatively, you can use one of the AHA products within the range – i.e. Intense Line Defense. As the peel is a correcting procedure you will need to use products which will prevent the new healthy skin cells being exposed to sun damage, which can counteract the benefit of the peel and result in future photo-damage problems.

Reported side effects

According to the manufacturer there are no reported side effects apart from initial mild redness and peeling that may occur following treatment. 


This depends on area treated and how much is required, and the practitioner doing the treatment, but ranges are in the region of £50.00 to £80.00 per treatment session.

Before and After treatment for Acne

Skinceuticals Gel Peel Before and After

Photographs above courtesy of Skinceuticals Ltd.

Before and after photographs are real patients, your results may differ.

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