On trying the Dermalogica BioSurface Peel…

Chemical peels.

These words make some ladies shudder so badly… memories of red, blotchy, peeling skin. Burning sensations that felt like your face was going to melt off… things that make you wonder why we do these things to ourselves.

All in the name of beauty.

Through the years, chemical peels (resurfacing, if you want), progressed to less redness, scarring, peeling and discomfort. Look, the tingle won’t go away, but you just suck it up, cupcake.

Dermalogica launched their BioSurface Peel on the 1st of September – promising no scarring, and no downtime. Sounds awesome, right?! And to be honest, I’d expect such a product from Dermalogica. They believe in keeping skin healthy, after all.


The BioSurface Peel is ideal for treating Acne/Pigmentation, Sensitive Skin, Congestion, or just for maintenance. Treatments can be done anything from 1-2 weeks, up to 4+ weeks apart, depending on your skin concern.

So off I went to my Body Therapy branch – love the place. The ladies are oh-so-friendly, and helpful. But I digress…

You need to sign a consent form before the peel, declaring that you have not used Roaccutane for at least 6 months before, you’re not pregnant or lactating, etc. But also that you will be looking after your skin post-treatment with the products the therapist recommends.

The treatment consists of four steps: the first step is the prep solution, step two is the enzyme active and step three is the acid active and step four is the de-celerator, which calms the skin post-peel.


The acid active step can be reapplied up to five times, every five minutes apart, depending on your skin condition, and, well tolerance levels. Because I am used to chemical peels, I went up to the third reapplication, and didn’t feel any hectic tingling sensations.

After removing all the product, your skin is sprayed with toner, and then moisturised. You then also get your prescribed regime for the next few days and mine was as follows:

  • Use intensive moisture balance moisturiser for up to 72 hours after the treatment
  • Use multivitamin thermafoliant the day after the treatment, as well as when you need to slough off skin
  • Use barrier repair cream to replenish the skin’s barrier
  • Wear a minimum of SPF30 sunscreen daily
  • Avoid direct contact with sun after the treatment for a few days

With no other treatment of this kind have I received this kind of advice after. This is definitely a plus for the product. The only downside for me? The price. At about R690 it’s a bit pricy, but, if it works, I know many people willing to pay for that…

Pictures from here.

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