Chemical skin peels are an effective technique used to provide intense exfoliation.
A chemical skin peel will remove the top layer of skin from the patient’s treatment area – usually the face, neck or hands – taking blemishes and signs of ageing with it and promoting skin cell renewal. Peels are a popular option to remove fine lines and wrinkles and to heal skin that has been damaged in other ways.
A chemical skin peel usually comprises a course of treatments, the details of which can be discussed during an initial consultation.
During a chemical peel, the patient’s treatment area will be cleaned thoroughly, and then a chemical solution is applied to the treatment area. This will make the skin blister, and eventually, it will peel off – leaving new, younger, fresher skin behind underneath.
After treatment, soothing creams are applied and penetrated deeply into the skin. A course of specialist aftercare products is often recommended. In addition, a pre-course skin preparation programme may be advised in order to get optimal peel results.
Chemical peels can be used to treat a wide range of problems, and are not just an anti-ageing solution. Chemical peels are commonly used to reduce and treat:
Chemical peels are popular with a wide range of people – male and female, of all ages.
Yes, chemical peels are perfectly safe. Some people – those who take birth control pills or fall pregnant after the treatment – may be at risk of experiencing a colour change in their skin after the procedure, but this should be fully explored and discussed at consultation.
Most patients will experience a mild burning sensation for five to ten minutes, which can be followed by a stinging sensation. This may be uncomfortable, but should not be overly painful. If required, medication can be taken during and after the procedure in order to reduce discomfort.
The results of a chemical peel depend to a large extent on the depth of the peel itself. Results can last from a few weeks (for lighter peels) to months or even years. Better results can be expected with a course of peels, although a single peel will certainly be of some benefit.