Chemical Peels can help speed up our natural skin cell regeneration process. There are a number of solutions that can be applied to your face to remove the dead cells and stimulate the growth of new skin cells. Our experienced Aesthetic Therapists will assess your skin and advise on the best treatment for your skin type and condition. We provide for Superficial Peels and Medium Peels.
Superficial Peels will remove top layer of skin only (the epidermis). The solution will be applied and left on for few minutes and your skin will likely feel tight for a few hours afterwards. Regular treatment would be needed to maintain the effects.
A Medium Peel removes skin cells from the top and middle layers of your skin. For a few days afterwards you should expect your face to go slightly brown or red and have a mild sting to it. To maintain the effects treatments would normally be needed every 6 to 12 months.
What is a Chemical Skin Peel?
Chemical peels are effective in the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, large pores and blackheads, blemish prone, dull and aging skin, hyperpigmentation, sun spots and sun damage. Chemical peels work well on all skin types from light to darker shades of skin. A chemical peel specific to your skin type will be used in order to achieve the best results and reduce the incidence of complications. Chemical peels work by chemically irritating the top layers of the skin causing them to peel and shed, thereby speeding up the body’s skin cycle. There are superficial, medium and deep skin peels available. Superficial and medium depth peels can be administered by Aesthetic Therapists, but deep peels need to be administered by a Healthcare Professional. During a peel you will feel a stinging or burning sensation, but generally the process is well tolerated and not painful. Fanning the skin helps to cool and soothe during the treatment. We may apply several coats of the chemical during your treatment. This will take about 30-45 minutes including cleansing, preparing the skin and aftercare.
Superficial-Medium Depth Peels
We have a selection of chemical peels to help you achieve clearer, smoother, brighter skin. Our Image peels address concerns such as fine to moderate wrinkles, hyperpigmentation issues, acne scars, blackheads and UV damaged skins. Image peels use ingredients such as Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Kojic Acid, Retinol and fruit enzymes to treat the skin. Our TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) peel is a well-established and effective medium depth, medical grade, chemical peel. Varying strengths of TCA are available and the strength of your chemical peel may vary from 15-20% (both medium depth peels) depending on your skin type and sensitivity, the time you can dedicate to the peeling process and your desired results. TCA peels are stronger than Lactic, Salicylic or Glycolic Acids. Chemical peels are not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Further if you have a current outbreak of cold sores, active acne outbreak, or are on antibiotics your skin will be more sensitive and we would recommend waiting until these episodes are under control before a chemical peel is considered (unless of course it is an acne specific peel).
How should I prepare my skin for treatment?
For best, more consistent results, your skin should be prepped for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment using ‘peeler’ products containing glycolic acid and a resurfacing night cream. Immediately before your peels do not shave/exfoliate or use depilatory creams.
Two weeks prior to treatment avoid: Electrolysis, waxing or laser hair removal, Botox or dermal fillers, Sun bathing or tanning booths. Three days prior to treatment avoid: Products containing Vitamin A, Products containing AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHA (beta hydroxyl acids.
Sufferers of acne should have completed a course of Roaccutane/Accutane at least 6 months prior to any chemical peel. When treating for hyperpigmentation, the darker areas of your skin may be temporarily intensified for several weeks. This will subside once the peeling and healing process is complete.
What can I expect from a treatment?
Each individuals experience following a chemical peel will vary slightly. However, generally, you can expect the top layers of the skin to peel or flake as a result of a chemical peel. You may experience mild to moderate discomfort in the form of a stinging or burning sensation during the procedure. The amount of contact time the chemical has on your skin varies according to the peel, your skins reaction, and prior preparation but can be as little as a few minutes. The peel is neutralised once a white frosting appearance is seen on your skin. The white frosting indicates that the peel has been absorbed into the uppermost layer of the skin. Immediately following a peel, your skin will look red and irritated, much like sunburn, this can last about 2 days. This may or may not be associated with mild swelling. It may be itchy, and several days later you may notice lighter or darker patches of skin and deeper wrinkling which can take from several days to a week to clear. The irritation caused by a chemical peel may temporarily produce miliary cysts or acne and can lead to the activation of cold sores.
How should I care for my skin after a peel?
Immediately following a peel, only use a gentle cleanser. If you suffer from acne, do not use an antibacterial wash or cream at this time as they can be too harsh. If you were treating for acne scars, blackheads or other reasons then care should include morning and night cleanse. You should keep well hydrated and moisturise the skin at least 4 times a day. Do this more often if skin feels tight or dry. You may find you need to moisturise 1-2 hourly directly after your peel. Ensure your moisturiser does not contain an exfoliant or irritating ingredients such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid as this will cause further irritation. Never pick at or remove attached skin. Complications such as hyperpigmentation, bleeding or scarring can result if skin is removed prematurely. Washing with your cleanser and massaging your face should adequately remove loose skin. Men may find they need to use a gentle exfoliant during the peeling phase and can continue to shave as tolerated and once redness has settled.
How can I aid the healing process?
You will be supplied with a post-treatment pack with includes a facial cleanser, moisturisers and sun protection. You can aid healing and comfort by adding a few simple measures.
A cold water compress is a simple and inexpensive way to soothe irritated skin. Simply soak fresh gauze/clean towels in chilled water and apply directly to the face as often as required. Remember to moisturise afterwards.
If your skin is particularly dry and itchy, Vaseline can be used at night and will provide lasting hydration.
Is sun protection recommended?
Sun protection is vital tollowing a chemical peel your skin will be more vulnerable to sun exposure (ultra violet light). Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to the sun as much as possible for at least 3 weeks after a peel. If you expose your unprotected skin to the sun it will damage your regenerating skin and it may tan unevenly resulting in a patchy complexion. Avoid using chemical sunscreens during the peeling process as this can cause irritation. Instead, use a barrier sunblock that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Choose one with a minimum of SPF30 for the first 3 weeks.
Prevent further photo-damage by always protecting your skin from the sun.
Can I wear makeup following a chemical peel?
Do not apply make-up directly following a chemical peel. We would recommend you wait unit peeling has completely stopped before wearing make up (usually a week). An exception would be mineral make ups or a silicone based camouflage make up called Lycogel. They have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agents and contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide so also provide sun protection. Please be aware that not all make ups are suitable.
If you do choose to wear make up, please pay particular attention to cleansing your skin so as not to block pores, cause irritation and subsequently delay healing.
What if I suffer from cold sores?
If you suffer from regular or intermittent outbreaks of cold sores (herpes simplex type 1) it is possible that mild-deep chemical peels will cause an eruption. It is standard procedure therefore to prescribe a preventative course of Aciclovir anti-viral medication. It is important that you take this medication as instructed and complete the course as scarring and complications may occur in the event of an outbreak.