Chemical and Enzyme Peels

Chemical peels exfoliate the skin and help to reduce fine lines, improve the appearance of scars, diminish dark marks, and enhance your skin's texture. 

chemical peel vs enzyme peel. What's the difference 


The enzyme peel is naturally derived active ingredients found in many fruits. Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Papaya, Pineapple and Figs are just some of the fastest acting to dissolve dead skin to reveal smoother, softer and healthier skin. They are known to break up dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. It nourishes and sloughs off dead skin cells, creating the perfect PH balance for your skin. It also fights free radical damages, which causes premature aging, by removing the top layer of skin and exposing newer skin. Gentle and effective, even sensitive skin types can benefit from it. We recommend an enzyme peel to accelerate the natural exfoliation process to keep your skin looking fresh. It’s great for anti-aging purposes, acne, and both oily and dry skin. Stay faithful to your exfoliation at home and you will see benefits from your enzyme peel for a much longer period of time.

We love enzyme peels because the result is immediate. It helps to:

  • Control acne, shrink pores and remove blackheads

  • Diminish fine lines and wrinkles, as well as scars

  • Age spots and redness both fade, resulting in radiant and glowing skin.

Chemical peels, on the other hand, are made from various fruit acids. They include alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). AHAs include Glycolic, Lactic, Malic, Tartaric, Mandelic and Azelaic. AHAs work by dissolving the inter-cellular lipids and proteins that hold dead skin cells to each other. The common BHA is Salicylic Acid. Salicylic is known for its lipid-soluble properties, making it a great option for oily and acne-prone skin. They too, fight free radical damage. However, chemical peels give you deeper exfoliation and may require a little downtime. This treatment is for those with:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Pigmentation and acne scars

  • Large pores

  • Sagging skin

After a chemical peel, it is important that you use an intense moisturizer and sunscreen recommended for both an enzyme and chemical peel. Once the chemical peel is complete, you will see glowing skin with diminished lines and wrinkles. Sagging skin and age spots will improve, pores will begin to appear smaller.

*One week prior treatment, please limit sun exposure and postpone Retinol/ Retin-A and Glycolic Acid usage
**Minimum 6 months post Accutane treatment along with doctor authorization required

Which one is right for you?

Glycolic acid can be adjusted to increase the level of exfoliation a person achieves over time. It is recommended you start at a lower grade for example 2-4% strength and graduate to a higher strength for better results. Enzymes do not have this adjustability. As a result, you may not notice true improvements in your skin over time. However, you may prefer an enzyme peel if your skin is easily irritated. Both enzyme and chemical peels work to exfoliate dead cells, however chemicals can also damage and remove live tissue. The active ingredients in enzymes only leave a gentle tingling since they don’t remove significant layers of the skin. As a result enzymes are far gentler on the skin than their chemical counterparts. 


The following conditions are considered to be chemical peel contraindications. Contraindications to chemical peels must always be discussed with your skincare professional. If you have a concern, always ask your esthetician prior to receiving a peel.

  • Use of Accutane, Retin-A, or other medications that exfoliate or thin the skin within 6 months

  • Recent cosmetic surgery, laser resurfacing, deep or medium depth chemical peels or dermabrasion

  • Severe rosacea or acne

  • Easily scars or has hyper-pigmentation tendencies

  • Pregnancy – always consult with your obstetrician prior to receiving chemical peels

  • Breast-feeding

  • Sunburn or irritated skin

  • Open sores or lesions

  • Infectious disease

  • Active Herpes simplex

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart disease

  • Deficient immune system

  • Permanent cosmetics–wait 7 days then cover with occlusive barrier

Skin Script Lemon Zest Brightening Enzyme   |  $75  |  30 mins

PH - 2.11.  Ideal for Normal to dry skin, sun damaged skin, hyperpigmentation.

Skin Script Pomegranate Enzyme   |  $75  |  30 mins

PH 2.6. Ideal for normal, aging, oily, acneic skin with pigmentation. 

Skin Script Arctic Cranberry  Enzyme   |  $85  |  30 mins

PH 3.1. Ideal for normal, aging and dry skin.

Skin Script 30% glycolic Chemical peel   |  $65  |  30 mins

PH 1.27. Ideal for normal, oily, acneic or dry skin.

Skin Script 20% Lactic Lightening Chemical Peel   |  $75  |  30 mins

PH 1.63. Ideal for normal to dry skin, Skin with pigmentation.

Glymed Chocolate Rescue Peel   |  $150  |  30 mins

50% lactic acid and the natural extracts of cocoa, resveratrol, and acai berry are combined to deliver superior refining, anti-aging, and skin restorative benefits. This unique formulation influences collagen and glycosaminoglycan production thereby improving skin hydration, elasticity, and tone.

Recommended for: Normal, Combination, Dry, and Oily skin

**Please do not book this service if you are on Accutane, pregnant or nursing. 

Glymed Sal-X 20 Salicylic Acid Peel  |  $150  |  30 Min

Provide strong exfoliation and increased cellular turnover for stubborn conditions such as acne. 20% Salicylic acid enhances the penetration of treatments while oxygenation and detoxifying congested skin. Perfect for resistive, thick and oily skin.

Recommended for: Combination and Oily skin.

**Please do not book this service if you are on Accutane, pregnant or nursing.