Everything you need to know
Chemical peels involve applying an acid-based formula to the skin to keep it soft, smooth, and supple. Chemical peels can be used on most areas of the body, but the most common use is to improve the appearance of the skin on the face or on the backs of the hands. A chemical solution is applied to the surface of the skin to carefully remove the outer layers. The amount of skin removed will depend on the type of chemical used, the strength of the product and how long it is left on the skin.
HOW DO CHEMICAL PEELS WORK?
We are able to treat a variety of skin complaints by applying a chemical solution which causes the skin to gently peel off, making way for new, healthy skin to shine through:
- Dull, ageing skin
- Sun damage
- Acne and oily skin
- Acne scars
- Melasma and pigmentation
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun/age spots and freckles
- Uneven skin, enlarged pores and blackheads
Our team of experienced medical skin experts, led by our Consultant Dermatologist, will advise on which type of chemical peel would benefit you most, as well as how many peels you would require, which is dependent upon the condition you are being treated for.
Chemical peels can be classified as either superficial peels or medium depth peels depending on the chemical solution applied to the skin surface. They both remove the outer layers of the skin but do so to variable depths.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHEMICAL PEEL?
Superficial chemical peels are performed by our qualified beauty therapists. They are helpful in reducing oiliness, unblocking pores, reducing blackheads, and freshening dull, sun-damaged skin. Typically, a series of at least three to six superficial peels are needed to treat ageing skin and to treat acne scars. Most people experience mild facial redness and occasional swelling, but this usually fades and disappears within 48 hours.
Medium depth chemical peels are performed by our qualified medical skin specialists. They are effective in helping to reduce the appearance of acne scars, age spots, pigmentation, and superficial fine lines and wrinkles. For deeper scars and more pronounced lines and wrinkles more than one peel may be required. Medium peels typically result in intense redness and swelling, which can take between five and ten days to calm down and disappear.
Deep chemical peels offer an intense exfoliation with results that last for years. Deep peels are an aggressive skin resurfacing technique that improves the appearance of the skin. A solution is applied to the skin which causes the treated area to exfoliate and literally “peel off”. Typically, the deeper the peel, the more dramatic the results, but they are also associated with longer recovery periods and adverse side effects.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Following your chemical peel it is important to not pull or pick at your skin as it can interrupt the skins natural healing cycle and you are more likely to get an infection. Be gentle with your skin and treat it with care, using sensitive products on your skin. Continue to moisturise your skin as normal, ensuring you are using an SPF sun protection daily and avoiding direct sun light where possible. It is also important to drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
Treated areas will take around seven to 14 days to heal following a medium depth chemical peel. Deeper chemical peels may take slightly longer.
Chemical Peels aren’t recommended for those who have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, broken skin, sunburn or active cold sores. During your consultation with a therapist at Stratum Dermatology Clinics, your skin will be assessed and treatment options discussed with you.
At Stratum Dermatology Clinics, your chemical peel will be carried out by a fully qualified and experienced skin therapist.
The amount of chemical peels required to see results depends on the condition you are treating and the type of skin you have. Some improvement will be seen after each peel but it is often recommended to have a series of six peels to see the full desired effect. During your consultation at Stratum Dermatology Clinics, the length of course required will be discussed with you.
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WHY HAVE A CHEMICAL PEEL AT STRAtUM DERMATOLOGY CLINICS?
A chemical peel is a great treatment to improve the appearance of the skin and here at Stratum Dermatology Clinics, we know how important this is to your skin health and confidence. When having aesthetic treatments, it is vital that the person conducting the treatment is both qualified and experienced, as well as the facilities you are having the treatment in are clean and safe. By choosing to have a chemical peel at Stratum Dermatology Clinics, you can be sure of all of the above.
All Stratum Dermatology Clinics are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, are part of the British Association of Dermatologists and are top rated by patients on Doctify. Both Stratum Dermatology Clinics and the consultants who work here are recognised by the main healthcare insurance providers.
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