What are chemical peels and what are the benefits?
Chemical peels are a safe and effective method where a chemical solution is applied to the skin in order to peel away the top layers of skin. This process of re-surfacing and regenerating the skin’s surface results in smoother, more youthful looking skin.
Who and what are they suitable for?
Chemical peels are suitable for treatments such as combating the signs of ageing, acne and acne-rosacea, sun damage and to diminish pigmentation, melasma and skin staining. Different strengths of peel can applied to achieve various levels of penetration, from superficial to deeper levels of the skin. The strength of the peel utilised is determined by the requirements of the treatment. Whilst superficial peels serve to remove dead skin cells and help skin resurfacing, deeper peels trigger the skins natural healing response to promote the production of collagen and new epidermal cells. For acne and oily skin types, the chemical peel helps remove congestion from the pores, remove inflamed blemishes and improve the appearance of scarring.
What does the treatment involve?
Chemical peels are a relatively quick procedure, taking between 20 and 30 minutes. Whilst the procedure is often painless, there can be an experience of discomfort during the process. This will be monitored by the practitioner throughout the duration and the chemical peel will be removed if necessary. When carried out professionally, chemical peels are a very safe procedure. The after-effects of a chemical peel vary according to skin sensitivity and the depth of the peel applied. Some flaking of the skin is a normal result of the procedure for a limited period after it has been carried out. Some people experience mild redness for a period of 12 to 24 hours, some experience no redness at all. As the skin can be more prone to sun damage, it is essential that sunscreen be worn whilst skin is recovering. There is very minimal down time following a chemical peel.
All aesthetic skin care treatments are carried out by a fully CIBTAC qualified aesthetic practitioner and are fully insured.