Chemical peels: All you need to know before giving it a go

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If you’ve never had a chemical peel before, you’ve most definitely heard about it. With all the amazing benefits a chemical has to offer, it is no wonder many choose this treatment to improve the appearance of their skin. The treatment itself can seem confusing and lots of questions may arise, which is why it's important to educate yourself before making your decision.

The method to this treatment is very simple, our specialist will apply a solution to your skin, which creates blisters over the areas it has been applied to. Over time, these blisters will peel off to reveal newer, softer skin.

You must be wondering where on the body you could have a chemical peel done. Well, there are a few places, like your face, hands or neck. The treatment itself can be used on these areas to:

  • Reduce wrinkles due to sun damage of the natural aging of the skin
  • Improve any mild scarring on your face, neck or hands
  • Treat fine lines around your mouth of eyes
  • Helps to reduce aged spots, dark patches or freckles
  • Improve certain types of acne
  • Gives softer and healthier looking skin

Although chemical peels are amazing for your skin, there are a couple of things you’ll need to do to protect your skin after every treatment.

  1. Wear sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays
  2. Limit your time in the sun, so wear a hat when required


Is a chemical peel for you?

In most cases, the lighter your skin the better the treatment, but there are great benefits if you have a darker skin tone, depending on what area of your body you would like to treat. It must also be noted that sagging skin or more severe wrinkles are harder to treat and do not respond well to this treatment. If you would like to treat either of these issues, it will be best to consider laser treatments, facial lifts or soft tissue fillers. One of our skincare specialist will be happy to walk you through the process during a consultation, so you’ll be well educated on the best option for you.


What to do or expect before a chemical peel?

During your consultation, you will be asked a series of questions to make sure you’re best prepared for your treatment. Once you sit down with one of our skincare specialist you will have a full understanding of what you need to do before your chemical peel. For instance, you may be asked whether you have a history of scarring, consistent cold sores or what type of drugs you are currently taking.

You may also be asked to prepare your skin using special medications, which they will prescribe for you. Our specialists will work with you to decide the depth of your chemical peel, which highly depends on the condition of your skin and the results you would like to achieve.


What should you expect after your chemical peel?

After your treatment is complete, you will experience an effect similar to a sunburn, but not to worry, that’s completely normal. At first you will be red, which very quickly turns to scaling and then the peeling process begins. This process usually lasts for a maximum of seven days, so very fast turn-around time. Depending on the results you have agreed to with one of our skincare specialists, a mild peel may be done once every four weeks until you get the look you have requested.

Depending on how deep your peel is, you should expect swelling and blisters that may take around seven to 14 days to peel off. This medium depth of a chemical peel may be repeated in six months’ time or more depending on how your skin reacted to the treatment and the results you are after. Of course, you will need to protect your skin by avoiding the sun for a few months as your new skin will be very sensitive to the sun rays. You may need to pile on your sunscreen and wear hats when the sun is the highest in the sky.


Any possible complications?

We all have very different skin types, so what may work for someone else, may not work for you, which is why you must be prepared for possible complications after a chemical peel. Some chemical peels may result in a change in the colour of your skin. This may be due to a few factors, which may include pregnancy after the treatment, family history of discolouration in your skin or even the type of birth control you’re taking and how it affects your body.

With all the possibilities of complications after a treatment you’ll be glad to know that extra care is always taken when approaching this method a chemical peel treatment. There are indeed certain areas on the face that may result in low risk scarring, but if this does happen, it can be easily rectified.

Please book in a consultation for a full skin review before booking or agreeing to any chemical peels. The more you know, the better.


To find out more about our chemical peel, please give us a call on 0208-675-6382 to find out more or email us at and we will give you a call back.