What does a peel do?
Chemical Peels can de designed to treat a wide range of concerns, but essentially all peels work by using acids to exfoliate dead cells from the top layer of skin and stimulate production of new cells. This has the effect of reducing fine lines, pigmentation and blemishes resulting in smoother, younger looking skin. Peels can be administered in increasing levels of strength to work deeper into the skin depending on what effect is required.
What acids are used?
A range of different acids can be used to achieve different results, some of the most common are:
Glycolic Acid – Exfoliates skin & reduces pigment
Salicylic Acid – Cleans out pores & reduces oil on skin
Lactic Acid – Brightens skin
Mandelic Acid – Exfoliates skin & speeds up cell turnover
Ascorbic Acid – Brightens & strengthens skin
Many peels also contain other active ingredients such as plant stem cells and vitamins.
Does it hurt to have a skin peel?
No, you shouldn’t feel pain whilst having a skin peel. Your skin may feel hot or itchy when the active ingredients are applied but this sensation is normal and won’t last for more than a few minutes. If the treatment feels very uncomfortable your practitioner can stop it at any time with neutralising solution.
Will I end up looking like Samantha from ‘Sex And The City’?
No! The peels we perform at our clinic are cosmetic rather than surgical level which means they work on the top layers of the skin (epidermis) but don’t penetrate to the deeper layers (dermis). What that means is that raw skin cells won’t be exposed, but the top dead layers will be removed revealing a smoother surface.
Will my face be red afterwards?
Maybe. Because the peel ingredients are activated on the skin you may find that you leave clinic looking a little pinker than usual but this varies from person to person and depends on the strength of the treatment. Generally any pinkness/redness can be covered with mineral make-up.
Will my skin peel?
Not all skin peels will cause your skin to flake or peel away, but with stronger peels such as Modified Jessner’s and TCA we would expect skin to be visibly peeling 3-4 days after treatment.
Will a peel make my skin more sensitive?
No, in fact regular treatment will help to strengthen sensitive skin
How many treatments will I need?
Everyone’s skin will respond differently to treatment and the type of treatment recommended will depend on the desired outcome. But for optimal results we recommend committing to a course of 3-6 treatments. Depending on the strength of the peel these can be spaced 2-6 weeks apart. Our skin experts will be able to design a treatment plan for you to help achieve your skin goals.
How should I look after my skin at home while I’m having a course of treatment?
One must-have product is SPF which should be worn for 5-10 days following treatment when your skin will be more sensitive to UVA & UVB damage. We recommend a broad spectrum SPF such as Heliocare Gel. It is also important to keep skin hydrated whilst having treatment, we recommend B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Dermaquest. It is important to refrain from using any harsh exfoliants such as retinols and AHAs for 5-7 days before having treatment.