The problem: Chemical peels can be used to treat a number of problems, including sun damage, acne scarring, hyper pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and tired looking skin caused by a build up of dead skin cells.
The treatment: A Chemical Peel is an intense exfoliating process which uses chemical products to remove dead cells on the surface of the skin.
The results: Skin appears softer, healthier, regenerated and more uniform in colour. The appearance of acne scars is reduced and wrinkles are noticeably smoother.
Downtime: This depends on the peel used. With TCA peels patients can expect the skin to tighten, darken and then peel. The whole process can take 5-7 days. With our gentler peels patients can experience some initial reddening which will settle over just few hours for most people. So you could go back to work with none the wiser.
Our team: We are the UK’s leading non-invasive cosmetic group and have some of the most experienced nurses and skin therapists working with us. During your free consultation one of our highly experienced practitioners will talk you through the different types of peels available and explain how they could work for your particular skin condition.
Some of your questions answered
Your skin is thoroughly cleansed to begin with then the chemical solution is carefully applied. The solution will be left on the skin for a few minutes and then removed.
We offer two main types of peels – superficial peels and medium peels.
Superficial peels are light, mild peels. They remove the outer layer of cells and are used to treat fine lines, sun damage, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and moderate acne scars.
Medium peels (also known as TCA skin peels because they contain trichloroacetic acid) penetrate further into the skin. They are used to treat wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage and uneven skin tone. This type of peel is used to treat problem areas on the hands, forearms and neck as well as the face.
You may experience a mild stinging or burning sensation when the product is applied. But don’t worry – this won’t last for very long.
The whole treatment takes less than half an hour. You can then get straight back to normal activities.
Your skin may look red or brown and, occasionally, swollen after treatment, depending on the peel used. However, this is perfectly normal and only lasts for a couple of days.
Four to six superficial peels are needed to treat mild acne scars and to reduce the signs of ageing. Deeper scars and lines and wrinkles will need one or two medium peels.
Occasionally we’ll ask you to follow a very simple home care programme before you come in for your peel. This will consist of a number of products that you’ll need to apply for one or two weeks before your first treatment.