How Much Does a Chemical Peel Cost?

Last Updated on March 11, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

If you’re considering getting a chemical peel treatment to rejuvenate your skin, one of the first questions that probably comes to mind is – how much does a chemical peel cost?

Prices can range widely based on the type and depth of peel, your provider, and other factors. In this article, we’ll break down the key elements that impact the cost of a chemical peel so you can budget and set expectations.

We’ll provide price ranges for popular peel types, look at clinic variables that affect pricing, and give real world examples. You’ll also get tips for saving money while still getting safe, effective chemical peel treatments for your skin goals. Let’s get into the specifics!

How Much Does a Chemical Peel Cost?

According to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a chemical peel is around $1,489.

But first, let’s define a chemical peel. Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that use a chemical solution to remove the outer damaged layers of skin and promote regeneration of new, healthy skin cells. They can treat skin concerns like:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation and sun spots
  • Acne scars
  • Uneven skin tone and texture

There are three main depth categories of peels:

  1. Light Peel – Also called a lunchtime peel, it treats minor skin flaws with little downtime. The cost is $150-$400 per treatment.
  2. Medium chemical Peel – Penetrates the middle layer of skin to treat more moderate sun damage, wrinkles, acne scars, and melasma. Costs $500-$700 per peel.
  3. Deep Peel – Gets down into the deepest skin layers, requiring several weeks of recovery time but delivers the most rejuvenation. A deep peel may cost $1,500-$5,000 per treatment.

Obviously the deeper the peel, the higher the price tag. But many other factors also affect chemical peel costs.

According to Healthline.com, the average cost of a chemical peel is $673. However, chemical peels can range in cost, depending on the type of chemical peel you get. For example, a light peel may be as inexpensive as $50, while a deep peel may cost you as much as $3,000.

The Refinery Medspa & Wellness website notes that while light peels typically cost anywhere from $150 to $400, a medical-grade peel may be thousands of dollars. During a consultation, a customized chemical peel treatment plan will be designed, and an accurate price quote will be provided.

Factors That Influence Chemical Peel Prices

Prices for chemical peels can range widely from $100 to over $5,000 depending on these important factors:

  • Geographic location – Prices are higher in major metro areas and coastal cities. Peels cost less in rural areas.
  • Provider experience and expertise – Board-certified dermatologists or plastic surgeons charge more than med spas.
  • Clinic reputation and amenities – Premium clinics can command higher fees.
  • Type of peel – Superficial peels are far cheaper than deep peels requiring anesthesia.
  • Number of treatments needed – Multiple lighter peels spaced apart may be recommended for better results and safety.
  • Add-on enhancements – Additional services like laser skin resurfacing done in the same visit add cost.

As you consider providers, be sure to weigh experience and expertise as more important than just price when choosing a peel specialist.

Cost Breakdown By Peel Type

Now let’s look at typical price ranges for the most popular categories of chemical peels:

Light Chemical Peels

These gentle peels require little downtime and are safe for many skin types. Common options include:

  • Glycolic peels – $100 to $200 per treatment
  • Salicylic peels – $150 to $250
  • Lactic acid peels – $100 to $300
  • Mandelic peels – $200 to $400

Plan on $150 to $400 per session for light chemical peels depending on the products used and your provider. Multiple sessions spaced a few weeks apart are usually needed for desired results.

Medium Depth Chemical Peels

Moderate peels go deeper into the dermis for more significant effects. Two examples include:

  • TCA peels – $400 to $600 per treatment
  • Jessner-TCA peels – $500 to $800 per session

A price of $500 to $800 per appointment is standard for medium depth peels. Some redness, swelling, peeling, and extra recovery time is needed.

Deep Chemical Peels

These penetrate down to the deepest skin layers, requiring sedation or anesthesia. Prices typically range from:

  • Phenol peels – $2,000 to $6,000 per peel
  • TCA Cross peels – $1,500 to $5,000 per peel

Due to their intensity, deep peels like these cost $1500 to $6000 per session on average. Extended downtime and multiple treatments spaced months apart are required for full results and safety.

As you can see, you get what you pay for when it comes to chemical peel depth and efficacy.

Real World Chemical Peel Price Examples

To further illustrate cost ranges, here are some real-world examples of chemical peel prices at dermatology clinics across the country:

Location Light Peel Medium Peel Deep Peel
Dallas, TX Salicylic peel: $175 Combo TCA/Jessner peel: $650 Phenol peel: $5000
New York City, NY Glycolic peel: $200 TCA peel: $500 TCA Cross peel: $4000
Chicago, IL Lactic acid peel: $225 Jessner peel: $450 Phenol peel: $6000
Los Angeles, CA Mandelic peel: $300 Combo TCA/Jessner peel: $700 TCA Cross peel: $3500
Small Town, USA Glycolic peel: $125 TCA peel: $400 Phenol peel: $3000

You’ll notice light peels range $125-$300, medium peels $400-$700, and deep $3000-$6000 across the country based on geography and providers.

Tips for Saving on Chemical Peel Costs

While an effective chemical peel delivers great value for improved skin, there are ways to save on treatments:

  • Ask about peel package deals if you plan multiple treatments.
  • Ask about any current specials or promotions at the clinic.
  • Seek care from licensed estheticians versus high-end dermatologists.
  • Consider medical spas versus hospital or luxury clinics.
  • Ask for free consultations to shop and compare pricing.
  • Time your treatment in slower seasons versus peak summer or holidays.
  • Use FSA or HSA accounts to pay if available.

The key is finding an experienced, reputable provider at the best value cost for safe, personalized care.

Is the Average Cost of Chemical Peel Worth It?

Given the sometimes high price tags, you may wonder – is a chemical peel really worth the investment? For most patients, the answer is a resounding yes for these benefits:

  • Long-lasting rejuvenation of aging, sun-damaged skin
  • Reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation
  • More even skin tone and texture for a youthful complexion
  • Boosted collagen production and healthier skin
  • Little to no downtime for lighter peels
  • More affordable and lower risk than surgery
  • Increased confidence from refreshed, glowing skin

For many seeking facial rejuvenation, a customized chemical peel treatment plan delivers significant, lasting improvements that enhance beauty and self-esteem. Just be sure to choose a qualified provider focused on your safety and optimal results.

When is chemical peel recommended?

If you are thinking about chemical peeling, it means that you need to correct some skin problems. Here it’s when it is indicated:

  • In the case of clogged pores;
  • For reducing the sebaceous secretions;
  • In the case of fading fine, medium, or deep wrinkles;
  • In case of correction of pigment spots;
  • For treating acne marks.

Possible risks or adverse effects

Such a procedure can sometimes cause certain adverse effects, more or less serious. It is important to be informed about them before going for the peeling.

After a procedure like this, redness will appear, which can be temporary or more persistent. Sometimes, the skin can become slightly pigmented (generally after superficial peelings) or discolored (after deep peelings).

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Other somewhat more severe, but rare, risks include the appearance of inflammation or the formation of crusts and scars and, at other times, even infection may occur. If this happens, contact your doctor and follow the treatment he will prescribe.


Chemical peeling is not a procedure that absolutely anyone can use. There are certain contraindications that you should take into account.

If you have very dark skin, it is possible that the peeling will not have the desired effect. It should also be avoided if you have problems with acne and are either under treatment for it or have followed such treatment in the last 6 months.

Contraindications include the presence of scars. If over time, you have had to deal with types of scars that evolve over a longer period of time (keloid scars), chemical peeling is, again, not recommended. The same is true for people often affected by skin irritations or rashes.

Final Words

While not inexpensive, chemical peels provide dramatic skin rejuvenation that non-invasive skincare products simply cannot match. With light peels starting around $150 and going up to $5,000 or more for deep peels, it pays to understand what impacts costs.

Do your research to find the ideal peel and provider for your specific needs and budget. Remember, when it comes to your face, this is one place to invest wisely for a refreshing, youthful glow that money can buy.

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