Chemical peels are liquids brushed on to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. The aim is to improve skin by evening out its tone and removing age spots.
A common misconception is that chemical peels burn the skin leaving it sore, red and painful. In fact they use solutions originally formulated from fruit acids to exfoliate clogged pores that make skin look thick and dull, making it smoother and brighter. Deeper peels can achieve dramatic results on skin with fine lines and wrinkles, acne marks, scarring, sun damage and uneven pigmentation.
The procedure takes about 20 minutes and the amount of exfoliation depends on the concentration of the solution used. Phytic peels remove the very top layer of the skin (the epidermis) and are good for freshening and tightening dull skin, improving texture and removing superficial blemishes, large pores and resistant blackheads. They can be used regularly and there is no recovery time, so you can return to the office or go out straight away.
TCA peels use tricholoacetic acid to go deeper and are good for treating lines and wrinkles and removing scars, blemishes and uneven pigmentation. They penetrate to the second layer of skin (the dermis) which stimulates cell growth, and as the skin heals it makes more collagen, improving firmness and suppleness.
The result is a youthful and rejuvenated look, which improves for up to six weeks and lasts significantly longer than the lighter peel, still with no down time necessary. Both mild and medium facial peels are quick and pain free and come with recommended daily care products.
BACK TO WORK
up to 2 weeks
DURATION OF RESULT
up to 6 weeks
All of the skin on your face.
You skin may feel tight for a few hours afterwards. With medium peels, when skin cells are removed from the top and middle layers of skin, a burning or stinging sensation may be felt when the peel is applied.
For the best effects a course of four or six peels is recommended, with effects that last from six months to a year.
It can take up to six weeks to see the effects of each peel, and there will be a cumulative improvement in skin tone and texture if you have more than one treatment.
Yes, when provided by a qualified health professional in a sterile environment. We will give you guidelines on follow-up products to apply to maximise the rejuvenating effects.
They remove the very top layer of the skin (the epidermis) or penetrate to the second layer of skin (the dermis). The former freshens and tightens skin, the latter stimulates cell growth and as the skin heals it makes more collagen, improving firmness and suppleness. Peels can be effective for treating lines and wrinkles and removing scars, blemishes and uneven pigmentation.
As it heals, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun, so you need to use sunscreen for at least a month after treatment. The best results often require multiple treatments spaced weeks or months apart and our facial aesthetics practitioner Sarah will guide you on an appropriate skincare regimen. Other possible side-effects include darkening or lightening of the skin, sores returning if you’ve had these before and scarring or infection – although this is rare.
Treatment can be repeated three or four times a year and after multiple treatments the effects may last for up to a year.