What are fruit acid peels?

A fruit acid peel is a collective name for various acid peels, in which an acidic substance is used to remove damaged dead skin cell layers. A fruit acid peeling has a keratolytic effect, which means that the upper skin layers peel off more quickly. A fruit acid peel softens the sealant substance between the dead skin cells, causing them to loosen and flake off. It is also called a chemical peel.

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For a more intensive result, you advise the client to undergo a series of treatments. The effect of the peelings is cumulative (accumulating) so that the result becomes increasingly better and more intensive. how often the peeling should be done and at what intervals depends on the condition of the skin. Usually 6 treatments with 2-4 weeks interval are sufficient.

Who is a peel suitable for?

Eligibility of a client depends on several factors. Contraindications are of course considered, but the lifestyle and background of the client is also important.

  • How does the customer deal with exposure to the sun or tanning bed?
  • Does the customer follow instructions properly?
  • Has the customer had a peeling before?
  • Is the customer taking any medication?

Certain medicines/ointments can cause the skin to react differently than normal. Some medicines have to be temporarily stopped.

  • Retinoids such as Tretinoine, Renova, Retin-A Avage: Discontinue use 10 days before to 10 days after peeling.
  • Adapalene and Benzolyn Peroxide (doctor’s prescription, clear skin products can be used): Discontinue use 5 days before and 5 days after peeling.
  • Hydroquinone: Discontinue use 7 days before and 7 days after peeling.
  • Accutane: Peeling can be applied, but do not exceed a reaction time of 2 minutes. Do not apply Glycolic Acid Peel 50%.


A fruit acid peel is not recommended for the following skin types or conditions:

  • Active Rosacea
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Viral infections (also with cold sores)
  • Abnormal scarring
  • Pregnancy or when breast-feeding
  • Summer months, only salicylic acid can be given
  • Open wounds, chapped or thin skin