Chemical Peels – Enerpeel

Nowadays, one can get a derma peel at your aesthetician’s clinic without undergoing redness, itchiness, and other visible/tangible signs of peeling, there’s no “downtime” so to speak. And you can go back to work without experiencing discomfort, or worse, ridicule from work mates LOL. A perfect lunch time quick fix.

Dr Vanessa recently did an Enerpeel JR on my skin to help remove some scarring and acne that I have lately when I dropped by her clinic at Lucky Plaza.

After treatment,your skin will look younger, tighter and “fresher” than before. I noted that it results in smaller pores too (hurray).

I promise to post pictures of my before and after effects as soon as I can.

This is me removing my make up….

I actually liked their facial wash :) it smells fruity and was very gentle and not drying.

Ok so this is me…sans make up.


Lo & Behold. this is ….the current problem I have with my left cheek

:( Dr Vanessa recommended 4 peels – 1 peel per month for my skin. I’ll be posting a photo each week to track the progress :)

Meanwhile : My Doctor has a really cool hello kitty speaker set lol. My mom loves it too.

Here’s an unglam shot of my face being treated lol

Before, those peelers were physical and mechanical exfoliators, your doctor would apply them topically and you would be asked not to go out for some time. Dermatological advances are exponential just like other technologies, everything has improved by leaps and bounds. Let us be thankful that chemical peeling, or “chemoexfoliation” has been fine tuned already, given that these peelers have triple the advantages with reduced complications. It is now localized or more customized; there is an appropriate chemical agent for every skin worry, targeting areas depending on the problem.

Contrary to laser or micro-dermabrasion, chemical peeling does not depend on machines for its effectiveness given that its formulation acts out and solves the problem once they are dispensed by a dermatologist since it contains active ingredients that act in synergy with the body’s aqueous system. One can get chemoexfoliation not just in the face, but other parts as well, like the neck, the back areas, and even hands.

With Enerpeel, a chemoexfoliation can treat keratosis, chrono/photoaging and hyperpigmented lesions or what is popularly known as liver spots in just minutes.


Chemical skin peels are effective skin treatments used to improve and smooth out the surface of the facial skin. A chemical solution is applied to gently remove the top layer of skin from the patient’s treatment area – usually the face, neck or hands – taking blemishes and signs of ageing with it and promoting skin cell renewal. Peels are a popular option to remove fine lines and wrinkles and to heal skin that has been damaged in other ways.

Superficial chemical peels are a good option for many people as they have a gentler effect and do not give visible skin peeling, inflammation or significant redness compared to medium and deep chemical peels. They can be used on many skin types, with little or no “down time”.

The latest Enerpeel® technology, is a patented carrier solution which restrains the acids activity until it is absorbed to accelerate through the skin, enhancing its activity.

Enerpeel® means uniform and enhanced absorption of the active ingredients; with two to three fold improved skin penetration.

The result:

1) Less surface trauma.
2) Faster surface recovery with erythema reducing rapidly.
3) Enhanced remodeling/collagen stimulation.

FAQsWhat Happens During a Chemical Peel?
During a chemical peel, the patient’s treatment area will be cleansed thoroughly, and the chemical peel is applied to the skin using a gentle brush. After treatment, a soothing cream is applied, and sun protection is reinforced.

Does it hurt?
Some patients will experience a mild tingling sensation for five to ten minutes, which can be followed by a stinging sensation. These are usually temporary.

Who May Benefit from a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels can be used to treat a wide range of problems, and are not just an anti-ageing solution. Chemical peels are commonly used to reduce and treat:

Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Age Spots, Freckles and Dark Spots
Dehydrated, Dull Skin
Mild Scars
Rough Skin Texture

How Many Peels Do I Need?
Whilst you may see some minor benefits after a single peel, doctors recommend a course of about 4 peels, each 1 week apart as the full benefits of the peel builds up over a course of treatments.

Is it safe?
Yes, chemical peels are generally very safe. Some people – those who take birth control pills or fall pregnant after the treatment – may be at risk of experiencing a colour change in their skin after the procedure, but this should be fully explored and discussed at consultation.

Treatment starts from $180 per session at various aesthetics clinics.

There are many types of Enerpeels of which I’ve tried JR and MA.

Enerpeel® for the Eyes and LipsEnerpeel® EL is a gel-based solution that is especially designed for the sensitive eye and lip areas. At FreshSkin we  increase the concentration by layering the product/ This allows us to achieve similar result as we would with a high strength acid, but without the irritation and redness.

Enerpeel® by MAEnerpeel® MA is a great “all purpose” peel.   It is a non-aggressive, yet high performing treatment that can be used in all seasons and with any skin type and is especially effective on Rosacea prone skin.

Enerpeel® by SASalicylic Acid 30%

This skin peel is specifically designed for acne sufferers. Its oil production reducing effect, along with two other active ingredients – triethyl citrate and ethyl linoleate – have been shown to reduce the four main visible signs of acne. This skin peel is particularly effective during the inflammatory phase of acne that is characterised by papules and pustules.

Enerpeel®PAEnerpeel® PA contain several solutions that are effective at decreasing fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature skin aging as well as seborrhea, mild hyperpigmentation and in cases of stubborn acne.

Enerpeel®JREnerpeel® JR contains salicylic acid, lactic acid and resorcinol, (Jessner’s formula) but utilizing Glytone’s ENERPEEL technology allowing for a superficial to medium exfoliation and very little downtime. Enerpeel® JR is very helpful at improving hyperpigmentation and melasma, and leaves the skin looking  younger,  tighter and “fresher” than before.

There’s also Enerpeel for eyelids

Here’s a video that illustrates how it works

Masego Mandelic Acid Medi Grade Peel

Masego’s MANDELIC REJUVENATION PEEL – and promo below

Mandelic Acid is anti bacterial .Derived from  bitter almonds ;it contains antibacterial properties and improves acne, abnormal pigmentation and photo damaged skin. It’s use often as an AHA peel and is less harmful to what dermatologist have been using in the past.

The good news is! Mandelic peels are now available in Singapore. Here’s my review on the medical graded Mandelic Rejuvenating Peel available at Masego The Safra Spa.

Read my previous post of Masego here:

How It Works

Mandelic Acid is used to treat a variety of skin issues including photo aging, acne, rosacea and other pigmentation disorders. It has a pH of 3.4 and is strong enough to produce a mild exfoliation, but is tolerable by most skin types because of its lighter “prickling” sensation.

Mandelic Acid’s antiseptic and antibacterial activity makes it useful in treating acne in adults and teens, and since it reduces inflammation and redness it is supportive in pre- and post- treatments. It helps prevent the formation of damaging radicals following the cell disruption caused by microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser.

According to its manufacturer, mandelamine is safe for long-term usage.


Upon arrrival, I was lead to my safari tent treatment room so that I can get changed into one of the cute little tube pullovers with a safari print.

1.The Therapist starts by double cleansing my skin and then analysing it

2. She tells me I should take more “cooling” stuff such as “liang cha aka cooling tea” since I seem to be “heaty”.

3. She proceeds to apply the Enerpeel Mandelic acid peel all over face. Each Enerpeel has a brush attached it. The formula is gently applied all over skin when the therapist squeezes the attached tube to release the mandelic acid.

4. The Enerpeel sloughs away your dead skin on the top, and then penetrates deep into the skin to generate collagen and renew cells.

5. After about 10mins, neutralizer is applied all over face. It was comfortable at first but it got only my lip and stung just a little bit.

6. After which I had a shoulder massage and mask is applied for about 15mins.

Therapist – applying neutralizer


The results were quite immediate and stunning. I looked into the mirror and felt super pleased because my pores were almost non existent on my nose and cheeks and my skin felt really smooth and radiant. Best facial I had in 2013.

Note to mention the entire process was painless and very comfortable. Mandelic acid is actually suitable for individuals with sensitive skin. Thumbs up for this discovery.

The facial was a quick 45minutes as there is no massaging. 4-5 days later, my skin peeled very very lightly (It almost not noticable at all). I only noticed while applying foundation as there’s when dry skin or any peeling becomes obvious.

I can’t wait to go back to do this!

Reader Perks:

$68 nett trial price (inclusive of 30-min application time + 15-min head & shoulder massage + complimentary 15-min hand massage) for yourself and your readers. Promotion is valid till 30 June 2013 and for first time customers to Masego Spa. Quote “Alethea – Mandelic Peel Promotion” when you call in to book for an appointment to enjoy this special rate.


SAFRA Jurong

333 Boon Lay Way Level 3,

 Singapore 649848

Tel: 6790 1661

Read more about scientific studies on people with acne etc over a 3 course period treated with Mandelic Acid. And about the Enerpeel systems used by Masego here



Mandelic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid but it has a number of chemical properties apart from acting as an exfoliating solution which does not trigger erythema. Its ability to help control rosacea has been shown but its actual mechanism of action in treating rosacea symptoms of reddening and thread veins is unknown but there is evidence that may point us in the right direction. It is ideal for those prone to reddening.

It is known to be antibacterial and antiviral and also helps to encourage vascular turnover and regeneration while suppressing reddening skin chemical reactions. Enerpeel MA 40% will reduce the thickness of the stratum corneum from 37 microns to 25 microns immediately after the peel and then it will reduce further over next 24 hours to 23 microns.

So Enerpeel MA is an exfoliating peel where the Mandelic Acid AHA molecule size means it is absorbed more slowly and hence does not trigger Erythema and therefore does not trigger excessive reddening or post inflammatory pigmentation,