A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin and can be used on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother, less wrinkled and blemish free compared to the old skin. The strength of the peel depends on how deep it penetrates the layers of the skin.
There are three basic types of chemical peels and all three are offered at Laser & Skin Clinics:
A mild acid (usually Alpha-hydroxy acid) is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands. A mild stinging sensation is felt during the peel but there is no downtime hence these peels are sometimes referred to as the “lunchtime” peel. Usually a series of superficial peels are recommended to gain maximum benefit.
A combination of acids are applied to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths. Typically, the skin takes around 7 days to heal. The benefits typically last for a few years and the peel can be repeated.
Phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate to deep lines and wrinkles, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. This peel produces a dramatic improvement and will leave the skin looking much younger. This procedure is used only on the face and is usually only performed once as the benefits are long-lasting. Whilst the whole face is usually treated sometimes only individual areas are treated such as deep wrinkling around the mouth and chin. The skin will take around 14 days to heal but will remain pink for a number of months afterwards.
Are all skin types suitable for a skin peel?
Superficial peels can be used on all skin types. However medium and deep peels are normally only used on patients with lighter skin due to the risk of skin darkening in patients with darker skin types. Patients with facial inflammatory conditions such as eczema or acute rosacea may not be suitable and need to discuss their suitability with one of our Dermatologists first.
Who performs the Skin peels?
The Light peels are usually performed by our very experienced aesthetic practitioners. Medium and Deep chemical peels are only performed by our Consultant Dermatologists. Patients considering a chemical peel should make an appointment to discuss their suitability.
Are skin peels safe?
Yes, skin peels are safe procedures. At our clinics all treatments are carried out or supervised by Dermatology Consultants so you can be assured that top skin specialists are looking after your skin.