The purpose of the MELINE® chemical peel technique is to gently exfoliate your skin by dissolving the bonds between the cells in the top layer of your skin to stimulate cell turnover and as a result, obtain an even tone and healthy glowing skin.

MELINE® Chemical Peels in South Africa


The purpose of the MELINE® chemical peel technique is to gently exfoliate your skin by dissolving the bonds between the cells in the top layer of your skin to stimulate cell turnover and as a result, obtain an even tone and healthy glowing skin.


A MELINE peel targets hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as acne and acne scarring. The MELINE process includes preparation and peel, followed by specific aftercare products to use at home designed to control pigmentation, decrease melanin production, promote skin cell renewal, improve sun damage, and promote an even skin tone.

Learn more about our approach and how MELINE® chemical peels work and contact us to book a consultation.

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Frequently asked questions about MELINE® chemical peels

Our approach to MELINE® chemical peel

At Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, we prioritize healthy skin and utilize world-renowned technology and products to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our MELINE® chemical peels are customized to address individual skin concerns and enhance long-term skin health.

Before any treatment, we conduct a comprehensive VISIA Skin Analysis and consultation to create a tailored skincare plan. Our team of experts possesses extensive knowledge and uses cutting-edge medical devices and products to achieve exceptional results in a safe and luxurious environment.

Each MELINE® chemical peel treatment is designed specifically for your skin type and concerns to improve sun damage and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, uneven texture, and fine lines. By stimulating cell turnover, we help you achieve even-toned, healthy, and glowing skin.

How do MELINE® chemical peels work?

MELINE® chemical peels provide controlled chemical dermabrasion, exfoliating the top layer of dead skin, resulting in a more even-toned and healthy glowing complexion. The process involves dissolving the bonds between cells in the top layer of your skin, promoting the regeneration of new cells (alleviating the epidermis of dead skin cells). and improving overall skin texture and appearance.

At Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, our skilled professionals carefully select a specific MELINE® peel tailored to your skin type and concerns. These peels are effective for addressing sun damage, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, uneven texture, and fine lines on the superficial layer of the skin.

By improving circulation and skin quality, MELINE® chemical peels contribute to a radiant and healthy glow, leaving you with a rejuvenated appearance that enhances your overall well-being.

Who is the ideal candidate for MELINE® chemical peel?

Ideal candidates for MELINE® chemical peels are individuals seeking to improve their skin’s overall appearance and address various concerns such as pigmentation, uneven skin tone and texture, aging (fine lines), and acne scarring (dark spots). The treatment is suitable for a wide range of skin types and conditions, making it a versatile solution for many skincare needs.

Before undergoing a MELINE® chemical peel, it is essential to consult with a skincare professional to ensure that the treatment is appropriate for your specific needs. A thorough evaluation, including a VISIA Skin Analysis and detailed consultation, helps identify any potential contraindications and create a customized treatment plan.

What areas can be treated with MELINE® chemical peel?

At our practice, MELINE® chemical peels can be used to treat a range of skin concerns on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back.

How are MELINE® chemical peels performed?

MELINE® chemical peels are performed by licensed skincare specialists in a clean, medical environment. Before the treatment, a comprehensive examination including a VISIA Skin Analysis and consultation with the skincare specialist is conducted to determine the patient’s skin type and concerns. The skincare specialist selects the appropriate MELINE® peel for the patient’s skin type and concerns.

During the treatment, the patient is required to change into a robe to allow the skincare specialist access to the face, neck, and shoulders. The treatment involves skin surface preparation with cleansing, application of the MELINE® chemical peel, moisturizer application, and sunblock application.

After the treatment, patients may experience redness, a sunburned sensation, and tightness of the skin due to possible swelling. Slight peeling, dryness, and skin sensitivity have been reported in the days following the treatment. Skincare specialists provide post-treatment home care instructions on how to apply specific products to aid in the recovery of the skin post-treatment.

What are the benefits of MELINE® chemical peel?

MELINE® chemical peels offer various benefits for the skin. It can improve the appearance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture and tone. The treatment stimulates cell regeneration, which helps to resurface the skin and reveal a healthier, smoother complexion. Additionally, MELINE® chemical peels can improve the appearance of pigmentation issues and enlarged pores.

After the treatment, patients can expect to see an improvement in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles, as well as a smoother and more even skin texture and tone. It may take several treatments to achieve the desired results, and patients are encouraged to follow a specific aftercare regimen to ensure optimal outcomes. Ultimately, MELINE® chemical peels can help patients achieve a more youthful and radiant appearance.

How long does it take to see results from MELINE® chemical peel?

Results from MELINE® chemical peels may vary depending on the individual’s skin type, concern, and the specific peel used. However, most patients begin to see improvements in their skin within a few days of treatment. Skin texture and tone may begin to improve, and fine lines may start to soften. Over time, as new cells are generated and the skin continues to heal, patients may see a reduction in pigmentation and acne scarring.

How many MELINE® treatments do you need to see results?

Even though results are visible after the first treatment, the number of MELINE® chemical peel treatments needed to achieve desired results can vary depending on the individual’s skin concerns and the severity of the issues being treated. After your consultation with the Skincare Specialist, you will be quoted according to the size of the area being treated and the number of sessions required to treat your concerns.

How long does it take to perform a MELINE® treatment?

The duration of a MELINE® chemical peel treatment may vary depending on the area being treated. Generally, it takes from about 60 minutes to complete a full face treatment.

How long is the recovery period for MELINE® chemical peels?

After a MELINE® chemical peel, patients can expect some redness, sunburned sensation, tightness, and mild peeling, dryness, and skin sensitivity for a few days. The recovery period for a MELINE® chemical peel is relatively short, with most patients able to return to their daily activities immediately after treatment.

However, it is recommended to avoid sun exposure, facial waxing, and hot showers or baths for a few days post-treatment. Additionally, patients should apply SPF 50 twice daily and avoid vigorous exercise for two days post-treatment. It is important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your Skincare Specialist to ensure optimal results and minimize any potential risks or complications.

What does a MELINE® chemical peel cost?

The cost of a MELINE® chemical peel at Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates varies according to the size of the area being treated and the number of sessions required to address specific skin concerns. 

  • Full-face treatment costs R 3 200
  • The cost includes a bespoke aftercare pack consisting of relevant product samples to aid the recovery of your skin post-treatment

The mandatory home care products to use alongside your MELINE® treatments/treatment plan will include:

  • MELINE® Day Serum 
  • MELINE® Night Serum
  • MELINE® Restore 
  • MELINE® Moist 
  • MELINE® Mask 

After your consultation with the Skincare Specialist, you will be quoted according to the size of the area being treated and the number of sessions required to treat your concerns.

Are there alternative treatments for MELINE® chemical peel?

There are alternative treatments that we utilise to target hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and texture, aging (fine lines), and acne scarring (dark spots). These include:

The Signature I-PEEL-L Bespoke which combines the LUMECCA IPL treatment and Skin Tech Easy TCA Pain Control Peel to achieve faster and more dramatic results, after just one treatment.

Dermamelan/Cosmelan Depigmentation which is a clinical topical treatment specifically formulated to not only depigment the skin at surface level but also treat underlying causes. This effectively removes and lightens dark patches, resulting in a brighter, smoother and more even complexion.

Erbium iPIXEL Pro which is a fractional ablative laser treatment that resurfaces the skin and targets concerns such as skin texture and pigmentation/sun damage. It is highly effective for treating wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, large pores, and rough skin texture by stimulating collagen renewal for a refreshed rejuvenated look. 

Book a consultation with one of our Skincare Specialists to discuss your specific concerns and we’ll provide you with a personalised assessment and treatment plan with honest feedback on how to achieve your desired results.

Are MELINE® chemical peels safe?

MELINE® chemical peels are safe when performed by a qualified skincare specialist in a clean medical environment.

What are the possible risks and complications associated with MELINE® chemical peels?

When performed by a qualified skin care specialist in a clean, medical environment, the risks associated with MELINE® chemical peels are minimal. However, there are some rare adverse effects that can occur, including severe post-treatment erythema, sterile pustules, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, severe skin peeling, and crusting. 

Prolonged photosensitization of the skin and severe erythema have also been reported up to 7 days post-treatment. While the majority of people do not experience these complications, it is important to be aware of the risks and discuss them with your skincare specialist before undergoing treatment. 

In addition, certain individuals with specific medical conditions or allergies may not be suitable candidates for MELINE® chemical peels, and it is important to discuss any concerns or health conditions with your skincare specialist prior to treatment. It’s important to note that there are some contraindications for MELINE® chemical peels. Those with ingredient allergies to lactic acid, salicylic acid, azelaic acid, mandelic acid, and tranexamic acid should avoid this treatment. 

Additionally, if you have any active facial rashes, open wounds, or dermatitis (such as eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhea), a MELINE® chemical peel is not recommended. Patients with weakened immune systems, serious illnesses, or active herpes labialis or other localized infections in the treatment area (including warts) should also avoid the treatment. Lastly, a MELINE® chemical peel is not recommended for pregnant women. It is important to disclose any medical conditions or medications you are taking to your provider before undergoing any skin treatments.

MELINE® chemical peels: Before and After

We are passionate about educating our clients on safe, results-driven treatments and we, therefore, design each client’s Skincare Treatment Plan individually to deliver optimal results. To achieve this, we start with a computerised VISIA Skin Care Analysis that objectively measures and maps your skin followed by a detailed consultation with your Skincare Specialist during which specific concerns are highlighted and discussed.

What to do before the MELINE® chemical peel

  1. Avoid any strong at-home facial treatments and/or exfoliation treatments the week before your appointment
  2. Avoid sun exposure (including tanning) for five days before your treatment
  3. Know the skincare products you are using at home, and bring a list, as having these details will assist your Skincare Specialist to make suitable product recommendations.
  4. Advise your Skincare Specialist regarding any medications, medical conditions, and/or past skin conditions; even over-the-counter medications can affect your skin, so it is good for us to know what may be contributing to your concerns as well as how your skin reacts to certain products.
  5. Should you be preparing your skin for a big event and you have never had a skin care treatment before and therefore don’t know how your skin will respond, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment six weeks before your big event with a follow-up appointment closer to the event date. This way you have time to address any negative skin reactions and get the maximum results from your treatment(s).

Be prepared to discuss your skin concerns and goals. Your Skincare Specialist is a licensed expert who will provide you with a detailed plan to best achieve your specific goals 

We advise against any aesthetic procedures (including Botulinum Toxin, Facial Fillers, and Threads) 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after any minimally invasive skin care treatment. 

Day of  a MELINE® chemical peel

Should this be your first treatment at the Skin Clinic, you will be required to complete a short medical questionnaire to help guide your Skincare Specialist in selecting the most suitable protocol for you. Your Skincare Specialist will require access to your face, neck, and shoulders, therefore requiring you to get changed into a robe before the treatment The skincare treatment will include:

  • Cleansing 
  • Application of a conductive gel & protective goggles 
  • Administration of 20 – 25 minutes of IPL 
  • Skin tonic & SPF application  

After a MELINE® chemical peel

Redness and localised swelling can be expected on the day of the treatment. Please keep in mind that pigmented lesions will first appear darker before lifting from the skin. Vascular lesions may also appear bruised or darker before eventually lightening. The expected full recovery time is 4 – 7 days. 


  • The skin should be cleansed morning and evening with an anti bacterial wash using lukewarm to cool water 
  • Recommended cooling gels can be applied post-treatment Your Skincare Specialist will advise on a suitable moisturizer to promote healing and support results 
  • An SPF 50 should be applied daily 
  • Avoid facial waxing for 7 days post-treatment 
  • Limit sun exposure for 2 – 7 days post-treatment 
  • Avoid exercise for 24 hours post-treatment 

The treatment includes a bespoke aftercare pack consisting of relevant product mini’s to aid the recovery of your skin post-treatment.

Where are MELINE® chemical peels performed in Cape Town?

Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates is a private, high-end, luxurious clinic located in the prestigious V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Dr. Wilkinson founded the House of Aesthetic Couture and Skin Science. Your treatment will be performed at Dr. Wilkinson’s clinic.


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An excellent team who will tailor make a skin treatment plan for you. They are all extremely knowledgeable and professional and use all the latest anti aging technologies and treatments. Amazing attention to detail from the beautiful space to the follow up care kits and check in emails from the therapists. Really a five star experience.

J Anastasopoulos

I have been with Dr Nerina Wilkinson and her team since 2021 and the level of professionalism is unmatched. So are the treatments, they truly have a solution for almost every skin or aesthetic concern. Could not love them more!

A Davids

My experience at Dr Nerina Wilkinson has been nothing but significant! I feel that for the first time, I understand my skin. Thanks to the lovely Louné, that has created a specific skin plan and routine for me. I am 39 years old and struggle with Pigmentation and Skin ageing. Our goal is to make my skin look as fresh, natural and glowing as possible. I have the utmost confidence in Louné to reach my goal. I started my journey with them in January 2023 and my results after doing a Meline Peel are already proofs that I am on the best plan. I am excited and confident to reach my goal and cannot wait for my next appointment! I would definitely recommend their professional opinions.

T Strauss

This is my honest review. I was very sceptical when I made an appointment at Dr Nerina Wilkinson and Associates, I thought like every other place that has influencers going there that it wouldn’t hold up to its reputation. I was wrong! Very wrong. Dr Cindy Kerbel was incredible, she took her time to explain not only my skin but all the available options for my skin. She has such a warm and kind energy. You immediately feel cared for. Honestly you won’t regret going here. I cannot wait for my next appointment. Thank you!

J Bentel

To avoid prolixity, you know your people are undeniably unbeatable when arguments relating to your age arise in conversations (read online dating apps). Despite clinging to the ‘wrong side’ of 30, I’ve made peace with those who assume I am still at varsity. Between Marisa and Bernice (with a shout-out to Natalie (as well as the rest of the team)) my skin and jawline (and the rest) have never looked more delicious. And when the Finance and Facility Manager is also a vibe, you know you’ve found a gem of a team! In short, I’m addicted (hypothetically, of course) to the needles (in a healthy wholesome way, naturally) and am never looking back (in particular at old Facebook photos when youth was allegedly in my favour). Thanks for keeping my aesthetic *ish together.

A Wright

I am so glad that, at the age of 30, I finally decided to come here! Such a warm and professional atmosphere, and Chantel made me feel so comfortable and excited for this journey. After my in-depth skin analysis and consultation, I was very happy with the first treatment, and for what has been planned ahead. Thank you!

F Badenhorst

I’ve gone for 2 appointments so far and 1. the service is incredible, such friendly and professional staff, 2. I had my skin analysed and then also went for a skin treatment and my skin is thanking me for it. I cannot wait to go back for more treatments. Highly recommend.

N Jacobs

I recently went to Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates to help me with my Rosacea. Walking into their beautiful, tranquil space is transforming alone. I love that they have a signature scent, which smells amazing. Each member of the team is passionate about what they do and incredibly knowledgeable, whilst always staying informed with the latest in skincare, technology etc.

B Georgiades

During my extended stay in Cape Town, I (Black American female), visited Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates to maintain my skincare regimen while abroad. I was fortunate to work with my skincare specialist to develop a tailored skincare treatment. Not only did I receive great service, but she also provided detailed insight into the current state of my skin and offered additional recommendations for overall skin health. Chantel was excellent, demonstrating both kindness and informative expertise, and the facility was beautiful. And overall, I did see improvement in my skin’s texture and evenness, but I still have a ways to go.

C Okpara

Growing up I did not pay much attention to looking after my skin properly, but after starting my journey with Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates it has become one of the most important steps in my daily routine and I am loving it thanks to their delightful, informed and supportive team. I have always struggled with broken capillaries and dehydration, but have never known how to go about treating it and preventing further damage in the future. I had my first IPL session last week and I am absolutely shocked by the amazing results thus far. I was very wary about leaving my home during the COVID19 pandemic, but the team at Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates not only made me feel incredibly safe but I was also treated like a true queen during my session. After the treatment I received a ‘lucky packet’ of aftercare products and Bernice was there at my every beck and call (as I had many questions which were answered in such a timely and gracious manner). She also recommended products that have made my face feel softer and more youthful than ever before and I can already start seeing/feeling a difference. I am so grateful to the incredible team and I look forward to a future of beautiful care and loving myself in my own skin.

K Fourie

Growing up in the US, I went to dermatologist after dermatologist, and each one said the same three things: I have acne, it’s genetic, and it could be a lot worse. When I moved to Cape Town a few years ago, I heard from a friend that I needed to go see the women at the Nerina Wilkinson skin clinic, so I made an appointment – but I didn’t expect anything different. I left their office after my first appointment with Kim and I had some real hope for my skin to improve. She changed my home care, worked out a long term plan for me, and even gave me her personal cell number so I could message her if things weren’t working. It’s been over two years now and I have never been so happy with my skin. Kim and the other women at the skin clinic form the kindest and most caring team of professionals and I can’t thank them enough. From scalp PRP treatments for thinning hair, to lasers and peels for my rosacea, I’ve tried my fair share of treatments at this office and every single one of them has been worth it – I can honestly say these women have helped me feel like the best version of myself!

A Newell

“I have spent too much money over the past 10 years in hope to sort out my pigmentation and skin texture. Visited many (un)professionals and bought the most mediocre skincare. I heard about Dr Nerina via a friend. My last hope and the best decision I made. I was introduced to the Me Line peel and their skincare…this is now my go to as my skin has never looked this good and healthy ever. Extremely professional team, Bianca was my therapist. If you are looking for skin changing results and are serious about proper skincare, you should visit them. It’s worth all the money you will spend. An investment worth it…”


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