As we start moving towards the end of summer is sunny South Africa, we are looking forward to activities that we usually keep for the winter months. In terms of DermaFix skin treatments, that means Advanced Resurfacing, or skin peels as they are most often called.


A skin peel involves the application of a chemical agent with a pH lower than our natural skin pH (5.3-5.5). The objective is to create a controlled wound to the skin, which will then go through the process of healing. The exfoliative effect stimulates new tissue which results in skin with a better appearance, texture and more evenly distributed melanin than before the peel.

Why do we wait for the winter months?

Skin therapists can perform peels at any time of the year, but DermaFix strongly recommends only peeling in the winter months as this is when sun exposure is decreased, and the incidence of skin sensitivity and hyperpigmentation related to sun exposure is therefore less likely.

Peel Classification:

Peels have three classifications based on the level of skin that is affected as a result of the peel. These are superficial, medium and deep peels. The deeper the peel, the longer the healing period and the higher the qualification of the person who is able to safely perform the treatment.

Superficial peels are performed by a qualified skin care professional. These peels penetrate only the epidermis and can be used to benefit a variety of skin concerns including acne, melasma, signs of ageing related to photodamage as well as actinic keratosis. By working as an intense exfoliation method on the skin, their action rejuvenates the skin and increases dermal collagen production. Due to the superficial nature of these peels, they are generally well tolerated by all skin types. Epidermal regeneration can be expected within 3-5 days with minimal visible peeling.

Medium peels are performed by a qualified skin care professional, aesthetic therapist, or a medical professional. These peels penetrate the epidermis as well as the upper most layer of the dermis (papillary dermis) which consists of connective tissue and provides blood supply to the epidermis. These peels are recommended for superficial scarring, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Epithelialization can be expected in one week to ten days following a medium peel. Visible peeling is to be expected.

Deep peels should only be performed by a medical professional. These affect the reticular dermis and are recommended for scarring, advanced ageing and photo-ageing. The skin can take up to three months to heal following a deep peel and homecare should be strictly adhered to in order to prevent post-peel pigmentation concerns. Significant peeling and sensitivity are to be expected.

Melanin Control

It is essential to the outcome of the course of treatments that the correct type of peel is applied for the skin concern being addressed. More than one treatment is usually required to achieve results. Another important aspect to incorporate before any peeling appointment is melanin control. Melanin is the pigment in the skin responsible for its colour. When the skin undergoes a peel without the correct melanin control in place, the skin could create an excess of melanin which results in darker patches in the skin. DermaFix has a variety of scientifically advanced cosmeceutical products that assist in the control of melanin.

Examples of DermaFix Melanin Control Products:

  • DermaFix DermaShield SPF40/SPF50 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB/HEV Light Protection or MD SPF 50 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB/HEV Light Protection. Sun protection is not negotiable for all clients undergoing peeling treatments, and should be implemented in all skin care rituals for even those not undergoing peels.
  • DermaFix Ferulic + C + E offers superior anti-oxidant protection and should be incorporated with DermaShield to enhance the benefits of UV protection for up to 72 hours.
  • DermaFix Melanoderm This unique skin lightening complex is an advanced formulation which addresses hyperpigmentation utilizing a host of actives that work individually on different elements of this common skin concern. Used as a corrective moisturizer, this product offers superior melanin correction and control.
  • DermaFix ACC Tranexamic Can inhibit the growth of tyrosine and the activity level of melanin, starting to “chip away” at the hyperpigmentation whilst aiding in the prevention of new melanin formation.

Always follow the advice of your DermaFix Accredited Skin Professional when planning a course of peels. For a referral to your nearest professional, please get in touch with DermaFix Head Office on

0861 28 23 23 or