Chemical Skin Peels

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Chemical Skin Peels Explained

If your skin has been damaged by too much sun, or if you have certain kinds of acne, pigmentation problems or fine wrinkling around the mouth and eyes, you might benefit from a series of moderate chemical skin peels to give a clearer, even-toned and healthier skin. Outstanding results can be achieved through a combination treatment of monthly chemical skin peels and microdermabrasion.

What is it?

There are different types of chemical skin peels depending upon the type of skin problems you have. Each of our skin peels can be used to treat even the most sensitive of skins. Our chemical skin peels are developed and tested by dermatologists to ensure optimal results with maximum safety. In the USA the chemical skin peels are now the 5th most commonly performed cosmetic treatment due to it’s successful results.

Types of Chemical Skin Peel
Alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA)
  • AHA’s are found in plants and foods such as citrus fruits, apples, grapes, sugar cane and sour milk
  • This chemical is used on the skin to remove the superficial dead cells from the skin’s surface
  • This treatment is considered fairly light and you will probably require several treatments before you see an improvement
  • Using natural fruit acids encourages cell turnover so that the skin can naturally exfoliate to encourage new skin to come to the surface
Tricloracetic acid (TCA)
  • TCA is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling
  • Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems can all be treated with TCA
  • The result of a TCA peel is more dramatic than the AHA peel, but you will still need several treatments to get the full benefits
What it can’t do

Chemical skin peels cannot lift loose or sagging skin, remove deep scars or correct enlarged pores and broken blood vessels. Talk to us about skin resurfacing, scar revision, dermal fillers and MACS face lift for addressing these.

What’s involved?

After cleansing the skin to remove any surface oils, the skin peel will be carefully applied all over your face, or just the affected areas. Within minutes, you will experience a warm sensation – rather like mild sunburn on your skin. This lasts for a few minutes after which this will be cleaned and neutralised. Following your chemical skin peel treatment you will be given advice by your practitioner to optimise the benefits of the procedure and reduce the risk of complications and at this point you will be able to go home. By the second or third day, your skin will start to feel tight and start shedding. Within 5 – 7 days you will see smoother, pinker skin begin to emerge.

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Possible side effects

Very rarely, you may experience some swelling, especially around the eyes for the first two days, but this will subside quickly. Side effects can be hyper pigmentation and a high factor sunscreen should be applied to help reduce this potential problem.

Your results

The amount of improvement you will see will depend on the initial condition of your skin. It is estimated that the maximum improvement achievable from this treatment is 50-85% and although it is not possible to achieve 100% improvement, most people consider their results quite dramatic. The mild peel generally needs to be repeated at monthly intervals to maintain an optimum result. Combining two treatments can improve results by 70 per cent.

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