The use of chemical peels to soften and improve the appearance of the skin, dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Little did they know that they were benefiting from the superficial skin peeling effects of hydroxy acids; lactic acid in the milk they were bathing in and tartaric acid in the grape skins they rubbed on their skin. Today, scientists have identified numerous forms of acid, which can be used to induce beneficial changes for our skin, including salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol.

Chemical peeling involves the application of a chemical solution to the surface of the skin to produce the careful removal of its outer layers. The amount of skin removed will depend on the type of chemical used, the strength of the product (superficial, medium depth and deep) and how long it is left on the skin. They can be used on most areas of the body, but are commonly used on the face or the backs of the hands to improve rough skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, blemishes, scars or acne and actinic keratosis (precancerous skin growth).


Chemical peels are usually described according to how deep they work on the skin. Below are some examples of the type of peels and the kind of language you can expect to hear used when discussing chemical peels.

Look at the diagram below to see where the different layers are and where different types of peels act on the skin.



Remove the outer layer of the skin, the “Epidermal layer”. These peels can help to improve rough skin texture, dry or flaking skin, fine lines due to sun damage, mild acne marks, “age spots” (brownish patches which can be caused by sun damage) and balancing irregular skin tones (i.e. skin which may be uneven in colour.) It is important to note that with superficial peels there is no visible skin peeling, you will however still see improvement in overall skin texture, tone and pigment.  Most people will have some degree of skin flaking but this is determined by the condition of the skin at the time of the peel.



Remove both the epidermal layers and upper dermal layers. These are the next layers down as you can see on the diagram.  These types of peels are used to reduce small wrinkle lines, some acne scars, and certain pigmentation problems e.g. hyperpigmentation of various causes, Melasma etc. (again, making different coloured skin more even.)


Peeling extends deeper into the lower dermal layer of the skin. These can help to reduce the appearance of deeper lines, wrinkles and scars.

PLEASE BE AWARE: chemical peels cannot change your pore size, improve loose skin (saggy skin generally needs to be treated by surgery), or deal with deep scarring. No matter how deep the peel, your skin will re-grow and should heal fully.

If you choose to have a deeper peel – maybe to get rid of wrinkles or acne scars – when the skin re-grows, it will not “remember” the blemishes that were there before. As the new skin develops, a new band of collagen in the dermis will grow along with a thicker epidermis. Hence, your skin will appear smoother and more perfect than before the treatment.

The deeper the peel, the greater the potential for improvement to the skin but also the greater the risk of side effects, especially in dark skin types.

Peels Offered at Sholema Clinic

    60 minutes
    60 minutes

SilkPeel DermalInfusion is an advanced skin-resurfacing treatment that combines exfoliation, extraction, and infusion of condition-specific serums to improve skin health, function and appearance.

A patented, non-invasive treatment, DermalInfusion is fully customizable and the perfect solution to address a wide variety of skin concerns and conditions from head-to-toe and is suitable for all skin types and tones.

3-in-1 advanced Dermalinfusion technology simultaneously EXFOLIATES, EXTRACTS and INFUSES for radiant and rejuvenated skin

Dermalinfusion volumizes skin by 70% and is the only face and body skin-resurfacing treatment to gently yet effectively exfoliate damaged skin cells and deliver serum infusion to treat a variety of skin concerns.

  • Dermaceutic Mask Peel
    30 minutes

This is a superficial peel suitable for greasy, acne-prone skins with visible pores or excess sebum (oil).

Acne is triggered by retention of sebum (oil), a build up of dead cells on the surface of the skin and the spreading of bacteria. Peels enable the keratin cells to be detached from the skin’s superficial layers and allow local acne treatments to penetrate the skin.

In addition to lifting the dead skin cells, the Dermaceutic Mask peel purifies the skin, tightens pores, brightens dull complexion, evens out skin tone, accelerates cell renewal and regulates oily skin.

  • Peel depth: Superficial
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Social downtime: none
  • Cost N15,000

Dermaceutic Mask Peel

  • Dermaceutic Milk Peel
    30 minutes

This is a superficial peel suitable for dull complexions, wrinkles and skins in need of stimulation.

A series of Milk Peels will restore radiant complexion, stimulate the epidermis, regulate oily skin and dilated pores, improve fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone.

  • Peel depth: Superficial
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Social downtime: none
  • Cost N25,000

Dermaceutic Milk Peel

  • Dermaceutic Mela Peel
    30 minutes

This is a superficial medium dept, which will reduce melasma and pigment spots, promote an even complexion and improve skin radiance & brightness.

Pigmentation on all skin colours is one of the biggest concerns that we treat. The Mela peel will directly target and treat skins suffering from melasma, post-inflammatory pigmentation and any pigment spots.

Why should you choose the Mela Peel Treatment?

  • Highly concentrated combination of active ingredients for optimal efficacy
  • Proven action on all mechanisms of pigmentation
  • Progressive protocol – as opposed to aggressive
  • No downtime and minimal risk of side effects
  • Long-lasting results with on-going patient care
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Social downtime: 1-3 days
  • Cost N85,000

Dermaceutic Mela Peel

  • Dermaceutic Mela Peel Forte
    30 minutes

This is a medium depth peel. It is a stronger formulation on the current Mela Peel.

This peel offers a gentle medium peel approach for deeper, stubborn pigmentation whilst inhibiting melanin production in the long term. It is suitable for all phototypes and skin types, to be combined with a recovery protocol and Mela Cream application at home.

Pigmentation on all skin colours is one of the biggest concerns that we treat. The Mela Forte Peel will directly target and treat skins suffering from deeper pigmentation, melasma, post-inflammatory pigmentation and any pigment spots.

Why should you choose the Mela Forte Peel Treatment?

  • Stronger formula of highly concentrated active ingredients for optimal efficacy
  • Proven action on all mechanisms of pigmentation
  • Long-lasting results with on-going patient care
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • 1-2 treatments needed for optimal results
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Social downtime: 5 days as peeling will occur
  • Cost N100,000

Dermaceutic Mela Peel Forte

  • Dermaceutic Cosmo (TCA) Peel
    30 minutes

Suitable for ageing skin, dark spots and wrinkles, smoker’s complexion, stretch marks and acne scars.

TCA peels induce a more significant peeling of the skin than the other, more superficial peels. The results are reduced signs of skin ageing, improvements to skin texture and smoothness and reduced acne and pigmentation scarring. The Dermaceutic Cosmo Peel is available in 5 strengths (12%, 15%, 18%, 20% and 30%), however these percentages should not be compared to the percentages of other peels that may work at a different PH level.

It is essential to use the homecare range in preparation of the peel and also following it, for best results. The Cosmo Peel is a great compliment to other aesthetic treatments like Botulinum Toxin, fillers or facelifts.

  • Peel depth: Medium depth
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Social downtime: up to 10 days (dry, flaking skin will be observed during this time)
  • Cost N50,000

Dermaceutic Cosmo (TCA) Peel

  • Dermaceutic Cosmo Peel Forte
    30 minutes

The Dermaceutic Cosmo Peel Forte provides a deeper peel approach that is both safe and less painful than other deep peels.

The formulation allows for superficial, medium & deep penetrating active ingredients transforming the dermis & epidermis, making it suitable for aged, sun damaged, thin & wrinkled skin.

The treatment allows for an individualised protocol in order to customise depth and results. 1-2 treatments are recommended at an 8-week interval. Downtime will occur as the skin becomes darker where pigment collects in the epidermis and peels away thereafter. A strict homecare protocol is necessary to allow for optimal results. This treatment is not suitable for darker skins (skin types 4 & 5).

  • Peel depth: Medium to deep
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Social downtime: up to 10 days (darkening of skin and peeling will occur during this time)
  • Cost N75,000

Dermaceutic Cosmo Peel Forte

  • ZO Stimulator Peel
    30 minutes

The ZO Stimulator Peel is affectionately known as the “Red Carpet Peel” owing to the number of celebrities who choose it to look picture perfect for red carpet events.  It is a quick and easy treatment that can be done in your lunch hour to miraculously smooth away fine to moderate lines and wrinkles, acne, age spots, uneven pigmentation and rough skin texture.  It is gentle on the skin but strong enough to make a visible difference, brightening and refreshing the face for a youthful, dewy look.

The Stimulator Peel is designed to exfoliate the skin by stimulating cellular turnover to improve skin tone, texture and clarity.   The best part is that there is no downtime, peeling or redness afterwards; just glowing, healthy skin. It contains salicylic acid that works on oily, acne prone skin.

Just one peel brings great results, but maximum benefits can be achieved with a series of three to four peels carried out at two-week intervals.  Using the peel with other ZO home products and protocols makes it even more effective.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Social Downtime: none
  • Cost N40,000

ZO Stimulator Peel

  • ZO Medical 3-Step Peel
    30 minutes

A Dual-action, highly effective peel designed to provide skin renewal and stimulation.  This peel utilizes a blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents to significantly improve skin health and treat many signs of ageing. In addition it supports improvement of the skin barrier protection and improves the skin’s ability to repair and renew itself.

This is an innovative peel targeting melasma, acne, fine lines, rough texture, large pores and dullness and is suitable for all skin types.  Unlike other peels, the clinic procedure is followed by an at-home night treatment that produces longer lasting results than ordinary peels.

Duration: 30 minutes

Social Downtime: 5 days

Cost N150,000

ZO Medical 3-Step Peel

  • Mesoesthetic Cosmelan Peel
    30 minutes

Cosmelan is the result of years of research by Dr Krulig, a plastic surgeon, who specialises in skin pigmentation disorders. Cosmelan influences the melanogenesis (pigment producing) process blocking formations of melanin (pigment) by inhibiting the production of tyrosinase (the essential enzyme required for the formation of pigment). The Cosmelan treatment is a versatile process adapted to the needs of each patient.

The depigmentation agent is highly effective in treating conditions like Melasma-patchy or generalised dark pigmentation of the skin, Chloasma-patchy brown or dark brown skin discolouration that usually occurs on a woman’s face as a result of hormonal changes (popularly referred to as Mask of Pregnancy).  Additional benefits of Cosmelan are improved the signs of photo-ageing and photo-damage of the skin, it regulates sebaceous secretion especially in mixed and greasy skins and reduces pore size and can prevent spots from appearing

  • Duration: 30mins
  • Social Downtime: Up to 10 days
  • Cost: N350,000 (2 treatments 21days apart)

Mesoesthetic Cosmelan Peel

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