Chemical peels can improve the skin’s appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which leaves smoother and less wrinkled skin, making you feel and look younger and fresher. Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands, and the results are usually visible after just one treatment.
Superficial peels can help lessen rough skin texture, sun-damage, fine lines, mild acne scars, age spots, melasma and irregular skin tone.
Areas suitable for treatment
The most common area treated is the face, however they can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms and legs.
How treatment works
The skin peel is applied to the surface of the skin to carefully remove the outer layers. This can be done to varying degrees, and often a gentle peel suffices to refresh and smooth the appearance of the skin. The deeper the peel, the greater action it will have but it also has more implications. As the new skin grows, it will have renewed collagen which results in better texture.
Is it safe? Is it uncomfortable?
Skin peels are safe, quick and easy to perform as long as this is carried out by an expert. After the skin is cleansed, the peel is painted onto the area to be treated and left for a few minutes before it is washed off and neutralised. You may feel a tingling or stinging sensation during treatment but this is minor. There may be a little discolouration after treatment, but this will calm after a few hours. Redness and dryness may last a couple of days and peeling starts to occur within 48 hours and lasts 2-5 days. Some clients do not experience peeling afterwards, although the treatment still has a beneficial effect. There is very little downtime and most people would be able to return to work after treatment.
Although skin peels are very safe, treatment is not recommended in certain circumstances or after using certain products. Please speak to our professional team for advice on this.
Side effects of chemical peels include hyperpigmentation (too much pigment in the skin leading to brown blotches) and a high factor sunscreen should be used for at least a week following treatment. Sometimes a chemical peel can precipitate an outbreak of cold-sores in susceptible people. Although rare, the face may be swollen after treatment and redness or blotchiness may persist for a few days. There may be some itching associated with peeling over the next few days.
After your visit
One of the most important things to do after a skin peel is to ensure you are using a good quality sunscreen to avoid sensitivity. Make sure you do not attempt to remove any peeling skin as this may result in bleeding. You should be delighted with the results of brighter looking skin after one treatment. We do recommend a series of four to six peels for optimum results.