What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is used to improve the appearance of the skin on your face. A chemical solution is applied to your skin and this causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
What is the procedure used for?
Different strengths of the chemical solution can be used to get the desired effect. Mild peels are primarily used to freshen the appearance and give a glowing look that is relatively short lived. More powerful peels can strip off minor blemishes, brown pigmentation and reduce wrinkles significantly. They are also used to lessen the appearance of acne scarring.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
Anyone can have a chemical peel.
What happens during the procedure?
Your therapist will prepare your face with a thorough cleanse. The chemical peel will then be applied (we use the Agera range of peels) and you will feel a mild to moderate tingling/burning sensation depending on the strength of the peel. Your clinician will monitor your comfort level throughout your treatment and use a fan to ease any discomfort. Your face will then be cleansed and moisturised.
What are the side effects or risks?
Immediately after your peel you should expect some redness and your face may feel a bit sore or tight.
Stronger peels may cause:
- darkening or lightening of the skin – this can be permanent
- cold sores returning if you've had these before
- an infection – although this is rare
What results can I typically expect?
Mild peels should make your skin look brighter and more healthy. Stronger peels will improve the texture of your skin and smooth the surface, which will in turn reduce any scarring or pigmentation. To retain the effect of a peel you will need to repeat your treatment periodically - every few weeks for mild peels and perhaps every 6 months for stronger peels.
As it heals, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun, so you will need to use sunscreen for at least a month after treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What strength peel should I have?
Your clinician will examine your skin and advise what strength peel will get the results you desire. We are experts in skincare and if we don't think a peel will give you the results you'd like, we will tell you and perhaps advise you an alternative treatment that might be better for you.
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