Peels use a chemical to remove outer layers of the skin. This stimulates skin cells to turnover faster and exfoliate which improves the condition of the skin and stimulates growth of new cells.
Chemical peels have a wide range of applications including fading acne scars, preventing acne outbreaks, balancing oily skin, reducing pores, evening out pigmentation, lightening age spots, treating sun damage.
Our preferred range of peels is AlumierMD.
A chemical peel is an acidic solution. Typically we use lactic, salicylic and glycolic acids either alone or in combination. When acid is applied to the skin it reacts with the proteins within it, leading to peeling and exfoliation.
Different acids have slightly different effects on the skin and depending on the strength of the acid solution a peel is classified as being either superficial, medium or deep.
This treatment is most suitable for patients looking to target skin concerns such as ageing, pigmentation or acne or simply wanting to freshen the skin and create a softer texture. Peels are more effective when used with a corresponding skincare regime.
Peels are not suitable for you if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients. Some higher strength peels are also contraindicated in darker skin types as there is a risk of pigmentation problems after treatment.
A consultation is required to assess suitability for this treatment as well as to go over the risks and benefits in detail.
We use AlumierMD products and peels as they contains safe ingredients that are backed up by science. The peels that we use are limited to superficial or medium depth, rather than deeper peels which carry more risks.
After treatment the skin can be red and feel sun-burned. It is important not to pick at any peeling skin.
After a peel the skin is very sensitive to sun/UV exposure afterwards and it is essential that high factor sunscreen is used, ideally all the time but certainly after a peeling treatment.
The redness and tight feeling usually resolves in around 24-72 hours. Peeling is usually complete within a week.
It is important to note that you may not always experience peeling skin with a chemical peel, but this does not mean that the peel has not worked; the acids still stimulate cell turnover leading to fresher, brighter skin.
Full aftercare instructions will be given to you as part of the consultation.
The cost of an individual peel ranges from £60-£100 depending on the type of peel that will be provided.
A course of peels is recommended in order to achieve the best results.
The correct peel, and appropriate home-care regime will be discussed with you at a consultation.
Treatment usually takes 30-60 minutes
Local anaesthetic is not required
Regular treatments and an appropriate home care regime is recommended for optimum results.