What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing treatment that can be tailored to the concerns of each patient. There are varying levels depending on what you want to treat and how much time/money you want to spend.

What does a Chemical Peel do?

Chemical Peels remove outer layers of the skin, though how many layers depends on the strength of the peel. After the healing period, skin is left feeling softer and smoother. Superficial issues such as acne, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles & hyperpigmentation should be improved, if not completely corrected.

What chemicals are used in the peel? Each peel is slightly different and the formula will depend on the strength of the treatment. The most common chemicals used in peels are alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. Phenol is the strongest chemical and only used in deep peels.

What will my skin look like after?

All chemical peels require healing time. Light flaking, irritation and peeling usually occur for the first few days after light peels. It can take up to six weeks for your skin to return to normal after a medium peel. Deep peels are closer to a surgical treatment and patients are usually asked to rest their skin for 2 weeks before they resume normal activities or wear makeup.

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What  can I expect from the results?

The results will vary depending on the patient and the treatment. Chemical peels are intended to improve the appearance of:

  • Acne and acne scars.
  • Age and liver spots.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Freckles.
  • Rough skin and scaly patches.
  • Scars.
  • Sun-damaged skin.

Can everyone get a chemical peel?

You will receive a consultation before any treatment goes ahead to ensure your skin is suitable for treatment. You may not be a good candidate for a chemical peel if you have:

  • Abnormal pigmentation.
  • Afro-Caribbean or Asian Skin.
  • Facial warts.
  • Red hair and pale freckled skin.
  • A history of abnormal skin scarring.

If you’re interested in Chemical Peels, contact us for a free consultation or book online today.