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How Do You Neutralize a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that can be applied to the face, hands, and neck. They’re used to improve the appearance or feel of the skin. During this procedure, chemical solutions will be applied to the area being treated, which causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. Once this happens, the new skin underneath is often smoother, appears less wrinkled, and may have less damage.

Glycolic 20-70% – Glycolic acid peels must be neutralized with water, 10% bicarbonate solution, or a saline-dampened cloth. Studies have shown that water is sufficient for neutralizing glycolic acid peels up to 35%. Salicylic 20-35% – Salicylic acid peels will self-neutralize within 3 minutes.

This article also discusses how to neutralize a chemical peel with baking soda and how to neutralize glycolic acid peel with baking soda.

How Do You Neutralize a Chemical Peel

There are a number of reasons people may get chemical peels. They may be trying to treat a variety of things, including:

  • wrinkles and fine lines
  • sun damage
  • acne scars
  • hyperpigmentation
  • scars
  • melasma
  • uneven skin tone or redness

Uses for Skin Conditions

These peels can be used to improve and even remedy a variety of different skin conditions, which include:

  • Age spots
  • Crow’s feet
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging Skin
  • Melasma
  • Skin damaged by the sun
  • Aging Skin

Types of Peels

There are three different types of peels that you can use depending on the severity of the skin condition that you want to treat: Superficial peels, medium peels, and deep peels.


Superficial/light peels use a mild acid such as alpha-hydroxy acid or another acid to exfoliate just the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of skin. This gentle type of peel is ideal for improving the appearance of rough skin and mild skin discoloration. It can also be used to rejuvenate the face, neck, hands, or chest.


Medium peels use trichloroacetic acid or glycolic acid to penetrate the epidermis as well as the upper portion of the middle layer of skin, or the dermis. This will cause the removal of any damaged skin cells. This type of peel is used to improve wrinkles and fine lines, age spots, moderate skin discoloration, and freckles. It is also useful for smoothing rough skin and treating some precancerous skin growths like actinic keratosis.


Deep peels use stronger acids like phenol and trichloroacetic acid to penetrate the middle layer of skin deeply, removing damaged skin cells. This type of peel is used to remove age spots, shallow scars, freckles, moderate lines, and even precancerous growths. This treatment often provides a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the skin because of its penetration deep into the dermis. It is only used on the face and can only be completed once because of the strength of the acid.

How Do You Neutralize a Chemical Peel on Face

The Process:

During the chemical peel process, you change the pH of your skin temporarily from slightly acidic to very acidic. As the chemical peel damages your skin in a controlled manner, it will produce a superficial wound designed to expose softer, smoother and more radiant skin.
A neutralizer will allow you to control the depth of any peel and stop frosting, should it occur. It will also ensure that the acid on your skin stops working after you’ve completed your treatment. This step refers to neutralization.

You may already be familiar with the concept of a base’s neutralizing properties. When a base is added to an acid, the pH of the solution rises, causing neutralization. You may neutralize your peel applying a neutralizing solution gently with your hands or a soft washcloth.

How To:

To create your own neutralizer at home, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with four cups of water.


Your chemical peel purchase will include detailed instructions for the application, neutralization and aftercare of your chemical peel. We do not ship a neutralizer or baking soda with your purchase since our chemical peels allow for repeated applications, each requiring its own neutralization procedure.

What to Apply Chemical Peel With

Once you’ve confirmed that you have any of the skin conditions mentioned above that you would like treated, you can prepare for the procedure. It’s important that you have a consult with a dermatologist to have a pre-treatment exam. There are also some things you should avoid putting on your skin and exposing your skin to before the procedure if you are a candidate.

The Pre-Treatment Exam

Before you move forward with completing your peel, you want to make sure that you are an appropriate candidate for the treatment and that it will fulfill your expectations. This involves having a physical exam of your skin. By allowing your doctor to examine the texture, thickness, and tone of your skin, he or she can then determine which type of treatment would give you the results you are looking for. You will also be able to find out the staging of your treatment and have all your questions answered before you decide to proceed.

At this exam, you will need to disclose all health conditions, skin conditions, and medications that you take to your dermatologist. This is important for your own safety and health because there are certain conditions that may prevent you from being a candidate. Some of these conditions include

  • A history of keloids
  • Unusual skin pigmentations
  • Severe or recurring outbreaks of cold sores
  • Severe medical conditions

There are also medications that you may need to avoid prior to your treatment, which will be discussed in more depth below.

Things to Avoid

Once you’ve had your pre-treatment exam and have been chosen as a candidate, you will need to avoid smoking for a period of time determined by your doctor and depending on the type of peel. For all peels, you will also need to avoid certain skin treatments, medications, and sun exposure to prepare your skin for the peel.


There are certain skin treatments you should avoid before having your peel completed. You want to wait at least two weeks since your last chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment before having this treatment completed. This will help to avoid over-exfoliation and subsequent irritation of your skin.

You should avoid tanning for two to three weeks before the treatment. This includes using tanning booths because the exposure to artificial UV radiation can damage the skin significantly.

Finally, you want to avoid using chemical hair removal treatments or waxing your skin at least five to seven days before treatment. You also want to avoid any chemical injection treatments like collagen injections and Botox for at least a week before the peel.


There are some medications that can interact with the acids used in chemical peels, so your dermatologist may request that you stop taking them for a period of time before treatment. These are most commonly photosynthesizing drugs, which increase sensitivity to sunlight and may cause inflammation of the skin after exposure to sunlight. These medications include:

  • Certain contraceptives (female sex hormones or birth control pills)
  • Antihistamines
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Coal tar/coal tar derivatives
  • Antimicrobials (sulfonamides)
  • Tranquilizers (phenothiazines)
  • Oral diabetes medications (sulfonylureas)
  • Psoralens
  • Antibiotics (tetracyclines)
  • Water pills (thiazide diuretics)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants

Another important medication to avoid is the acne medication isotretinoin, also known by the generic names Claravis, Amnesteem, and others. If you have used these medications in the past six months, you will need to let your doctor know and postpone your treatment.


One major concern before you get a peel is exposure to sunlight. Sometimes exposure to the sun cannot be avoided because of work or family life, but you should try to avoid sun exposure at least ten days before treatment. If you do expose yourself to the sun for any amount of time within that period, make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen and limit your time outside as much as you can.

Things to Do

Though there are many things you should avoid, there are also certain steps you need to take to prepare your skin and body before treatment for it to be the safest and most effective.


Your physician may recommend that you take antiviral medication before your procedure, especially if you have a history of recurring cold sores in or around your mouth. The two most commonly used medications are Acyclovir and Valacyclovir.

Acyclovir, also known as Zovirax, is taken between two days to one week before treatment and up to two weeks after treatment. Valacyclovir is taken at least two days before the peel and 10 to 14 days after the peel.


If you have certain health conditions and are going to have a deep peel treatment, then your doctor may recommend that you take an antibiotic for a period of time before and after the procedure. This will help you to avoid any potential infection due to your medical condition.


Your doctor may prescribe a healing and moisturizing lotion before treatment depending on which type of peel you will be undergoing. He or she may recommend that you use glycolic acid for two weeks before treatment if you will be doing a light peel. This will help your skin heal more easily and peel uniformly.

If you will undergo a light or medium peel, a retinoid cream like Retin-A or tretinoin may be used to help speed up the healing process and shorten your treatment’s duration.


Your doctor may also recommend that you use a bleaching agent like hydroquinone with the retinoid cream to help prevent the darkening of your skin during treatment. This is typically recommended for people with darker complexions.


This step is only necessary if you will be getting a deep peel. Sedation is often used for deep peels to penetrate the deeper skin layer more effectively. If you know you will be getting sedated for your procedure, then make sure you plan for someone to drive you home for your personal safety.


Now that you know what you should and should not do before you get a chemical peel treatment, you may want to know what to expect during and after the procedure. The doctor will first clean your face with an oil- or water-based cleanser and dry it. He or she will then perform and complete the procedure. After your skin has peeled and you’ve healed, you will have smoother, more even, and more youthful skin depending on which type of procedure you chose.

Superficial Peels

During a light peel, the doctor will apply the solution using a cotton ball, brush, sponge, or gauze. After a short wait, the doctor will apply a wash or neutralizing solution to remove the chemical solution from your skin. Once the procedure is done, the doctor may apply a protective ointment like petroleum jelly to soothe the skin.

Medium Peels

During a medium peel, the doctor will apply the solution using gauze or a cotton-tipped applicator. Then your doctor will apply cool compresses to the skin to soothe it and may also give you a hand-held fan to cool the skin.

Once the procedure is done, the doctor may apply petroleum jelly and recommend that you use over-the-counter medications like Ibuprofen or Aleve. You may also be scheduled for a checkup sometime soon after the treatment.

Deep Peels

During a deep peel, the doctor will sedate you with IV fluids and use a cotton-tipped applicator to apply the acid solution to the skin, turning it white or gray. This treatment will be done in at 15- to 20-minute intervals, which can cause the treatment to take about 90 minutes for a full-facial peel. Once the procedure is done, the doctor will apply a watertight dressing to the treated skin and may also prescribe painkillers.

How To Neutralize Glycolic Acid Peel With Baking Soda

How To Neutralize A Chemical Peel With Baking Soda

You’ll need to gather the following:

Use with caution; mild cleanser
Alcohol for rubbing purposes (optional)
You’ll Need: a Glycolic Acid Peel, a Small Bowl, and a Fan Brush to Apply It
Some kits feature a neutralizer, which can be used on a wide variety of substances. Finally, if you don’t have any neutralizer on hand, you can use baking soda solution to neutralize the acid. Compose a solution of 1/2 cup baking soda and 2 cups water.
Items needed: • Vaseline • A thick moisturizer, such as coconut oil • A timer


First, after washing your face, pat it dry, and then use rubbing alcohol as you would a toner to apply it all over your face.
Second, smear some Vaseline onto your lips, brows, and nostrils.
Third, grab a bowl, and add some glycolic facial peel to it.
Fourth, use a fan brush to spread the peel across your face. If the application isn’t uniform, the output will be as well.
5 If you have a severe reaction, keep it away from your eyes, lips, and neck. Keep away from spots that are currently active or broken skin.
Sixth, watch out that you don’t get any of the stuff in your eyes.
As soon as you apply the first coat, start the timer.


Possible tingling sensations on the skin, No. 1. This is normal and indicates that the peel is beginning to work.
In sensitive areas, it may turn a light pink or red.
Third, neutralize quickly if you’re experiencing severe stinging or pain, or if the redness is out of proportion.


First, let the baking soda solution sit for the specified amount of time, and then apply it to your face. To begin with, it could be painful. Keep spraying the baking soda solution for another minute.
Two, wash your face with clean water once your skin has cooled down.
Third, after drying, put on some oil or moisturizer. If you want, you can even put on a mask to nourish and calm your skin.

Peel aftercare:

First, your skin will become extremely dry in the days to come, so be sure to regularly apply a good moisturizer or even coconut oil.

  1. Avoid using exfoliants for a week after getting a chemical peel.
    Third, it’s best to stay out of the extreme heat and other adverse weather conditions if at all possible.
    You should not pick at the dry, itchy skin. Just use a lot of moisturizer.
    5 Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every time you go outside. This will prevent the new layer from being damaged by sun exposure and discoloration.

Instructions for Performing the Peel:

A 10% or 20% peel is a good place to start. Start with a 10% setting and work your way up to a 30% and then a 50% as your skin adjusts. Use caution with 75% because doing so could result in burns.
• For the first two or three applications, spend one minute on each.
• Every time, add two minutes until you’re at five minutes.
• After a few treatments of a 30% glycolic acid peel over the course of 5 minutes, you could progress to 40% over the course of 1 minute and build up from there. If you want to reach a 50% build, you’ll need to do this again.

How to Neutralize Salicylic Acid Peel

Salicylic Acid Peel is a beta hydroxy acid peel that is lipohilic which means that it easily dissolves oil and can penetrate deep down the pores even in the presence of comedogenic, viscous skin oil making it perfect for clients with oily skin and obstructed pores. It bonds with hardened sebum and breaks it down to declog and clarify the pores thus removing stubborn blackheads easily without mechanical extraction. Salicylic Acid is also naturally bactericidal and will make the skin surface hostile to acne causing bacteria making it the peel of choice for acne prone skin. Twice a month usage is ideal for moderate to severe acne while once a month usage is ideal for mild cases. Regular use will dramatically improve the overall skin appearance by making the skin soft, smooth, poreless with zero acne and blemishes.

Using Salicylic Acid will help achieve the following benefits:

  • Treats mild, moderate and severe forms of acne
  • Eradicates stubborn blemishes
  • Minimizes and fades scars
  • Dissolves hardened sebum clogging the pores
  • Ideal for combination, oily and very oily skin
  • Ideal for acne prone skin
  • Ideal for dissolving blackheads without the need for mechanical extraction

Our Salicylic Acid is packed in 30 ml bottles. This is good for about 10 to 12 facial peeling sessions. One session by a Dermatologists usually costs 50 to 300 USD. You will save almost 2500 USD using our high quality Lactic Acid Peel. Our Salicylic Acid Peel is of the same quality, if not higher, used by the finest Dermatologist all over the world.

Salicylic Acid is a strong acid peel almost similar to the strength of TCA Peel and thus, frosting could occur. It is available in 15% and 30% concentrations. We recommend starting with 15% concentration if this is your first time using any chemical peels regardless of your acne severity. As with all of our peels, we added powerful antioxidants and skin healing botanical extracts that will help you achieve the best peeling experience with the shortest downtime possible.

Consult with Skinpeelshop’s experts to determine which peel and concentration is best for you.

Disclaimer: As with any other cosmetic products, response to our products will vary from person to person and as such, result from one individual does not necessarily mean exact similar result to another.


1. Wash your face with mild soap and water. Wait 15 to 30 minutes to make sure that the face is completely dry.

2. WITH PEEL PRIMER: Cleanse the skin using a cotton pad moistened with Peel Primer. Apply on areas where Peel will be applied. Wait 5 minutes to ensure primer is completely dry. Skip this step if there is no Peel Primer.

3. Gently shake the peel bottle before use. Apply the Peel Solution using a cotton pad on the areas to be peeled. Ensure that you apply the peel evenly.

4. Apply another layer after 5 minutes by repeating the step above. You can apply 3 to 5 layers of the solution depending on your tolerance and need.

5. 5 minutes after the last layering, neutralize using baking soda plus water mixture (see “Preparing a Neutralizer” below). Neutralize for 1 full minute and then wash your face with mild soap and water. DO NOT PURCHASE PEEL NEUTRALIZER AS THIS IS JUST AN OVERPRICED BAKING SODA.

6. WITH PEEL RECOVERY CREAM: You can immediately apply the Peel Recovery Cream after neutralizing your skin and washing your face. Gently pat face dry and apply a thin coating all over the affected areas and repeat once every 3-6 hours. Skip this step if there is no Peel Recovery Cream.

7. Peeling will begin in 4 to 7 days from the last application of the chemical peel and will last for about 10 to 14 days. Never remove the peeling skin. Skin will appear thick and leathery at this time. Never wash your face frequently to hasten peeling. Think of the dead skin as a protective bandage of the fresh peeling skin. The longer it stays, the better the result. Do not rub or scrub your face during the peeling process.

8. You can add booster layers on day 2 and 3 if you want a deeper peeling. 2-3 layers each day are recommended number of booster layers of Salicylic Acid for a deeper peel. Just ensure that you always neutralize the peel after each last layering of the day.


9:45 P.M – Wash face, Let face dry in about 15 to 30 minutes.
10:15 P.M – Apply Peel Primer, let face dry for another 5 minutes.
10:20 P.M – Apply Salicylic Acid Peel for the first layering. Wait 5 minutes.
10:25 P.M – Apply Salicylic Acid Peel for the second layering. Wait 5 minutes.
10:30 P.M – Apply Salicylic Acid Peel for the third layering. Wait 5 minutes. (Additional layers are optional)
10:35 P.M – Apply the neutralizer using a cotton ball or pads over the areas layered with the peel. Wait 1 minute.
10:36 P.M – Wash your face. Let it dry and apply Peel Recovery Cream.

You can repeat the above process for 1 or 2 more days for a much deeper peel. If it is your first time using any chemical peel, we suggest applying the minimum number of layers first and assessing your skin’s response before adding additional layers.


A Neutralizer is needed to bring back the skin into its normal PH just after any acid peels. It is also helpful to combat the burning sensation in chemical peels. We recommend not buying any form of neutralizer as it easily disintegrates and expires in about 48 hours. Kindly make your own neutralizer to ensure its effectiveness. ALL chemical peel neutralizers you see being sold online and offline are made from Sodium Bicarbonate, also known as Baking Soda.

Things you need:

1 cup water
1 tablespoon baking soda


Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup water. After 5 minutes of performing any chemical peel, apply the neutralizer using a cotton ball or pad into the affected area. Wash face with cool water after 5 minutes.


Frosting can occur naturally when applying acid peels. This is a chemical reaction produced by the interaction of the acid with the proteins on our skin. This is similar to frying albumin or egg white in a pan in which, it turns white. Take note that applying each layer increases the peel concentration by x0.25%. This means that for every layer of 30% peel you apply, it will add 7.5% to the current concentration.

Frosting is desirable. Some areas of the skin might turn white while others will not. The more layers you apply, The higher the chance that frosting will occur. Frosting rarely occurs with weaker acid peels unless 3 or more layers are applied. Frosting is a sign that the skin will surely peel within 7 days.

Skin might appear hard, leathery and thick during the peeling process. It will also crumple like a paper. The colors will also be uneven, Red/Dark/Brown areas are signs of deep peeling and might peel longer than other skin areas. The skin will magically be poreless, brighter, smoother and baby-smooth after deep peels.


Salicylic Acid, Distilled Water, Provitamin A, Vitamin A, Lemon Fruit Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Peach Leaf Extract, Ashitaba Leaf Extract, Naringenin.


Salicylic Acid crystals are normal occurrence and can be visible in the peel bottle. Shake well before use.

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