Chemical Peels Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Your skin is thoroughly cleansed to begin with then the chemical solution is carefully applied. The solution will be left on the skin for a few minutes and then removed. All our peels are designed to accelerate the removal of old skin cells and to promote the production of new healthier skin cells, ultimately leaving the skin smoother and rejuvenated with long lasting results.
We offer two main types of peels – superficial peels and medium peels. Superficial peels are light, mild peels. They remove the outer layer of cells and are used to treat fine lines, sun damage, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and moderate acne scars. Medium peels (also known as TCA skin peels because they contain trichloroacetic acid) penetrate further into the skin. They are used to treat wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage and uneven skin tone. This type of peel is used to treat problem areas on the hands, forearms and neck as well as the face.
You may experience a mild stinging or burning sensation when the product is applied. But don’t worry – this won’t last for very long.
The whole treatment takes less than half an hour. You can then get straight back to normal activities after the gentler skin peels.
Your skin may look red or brown and, occasionally, swollen after treatment, depending on the peel used. However, this is perfectly normal and only lasts for a couple of days.
Four to six superficial peels are needed to treat mild acne scars and to reduce the signs of ageing. Deeper scars and lines and wrinkles will need one or two medium peels. An initial series of 3 treatments done at 2-3 week intervals, followed by maintenance peels every 8-12 weeks is recommended. This maintenance will help you to keep your pores unclogged, avoid breakouts and maintain your glowing skin.
Occasionally we’ll ask you to follow a very simple home care programme before you come in for your peel. This will consist of a number of products that you’ll need to apply for one or two weeks before your first treatment.