Chemical Peels

Chemical peels today are non-invasive treatments with no or little downtime and no unsightly shedding or irritation.  These effective peels contain growth factor peptides which stimulate the cells deep within the skin to promote the production of collagen and elastin. They also contain antioxidants to combat free radical damage, retinol for anti-ageing and have an antibacterial effect. Their technology allows them to penetrate deep into the skin.

Your skin is being attacked by the sun and pollution everyday and your face is the most exposed; facials can help you restore elasticity, combat acne and impurities, rejuvenate your skin or even manage rosacea. The range of peels that I offer will need a consultation so the right skin programme can be discussed and the right peel is selected so you get the best results.

Mandelic Acid Peel 40%

Type of Peel
AHA – Large molecular structure means less irritation. Derived from almonds.

Skin Types
Can be used on all skin types. Fitzpatrick I-VI. The Mandelic peel should always be the first peel you have. This is so you can build up your tolerance levels and move onto stronger peels.

Pre-home Treatment
No home care prep needed

Post-home Treatment
Moisturiser and use of SPF cream at all times

Indications
Sensitive acne-prone skin (better results with a mesotherapy treatment added). Rosacea. Dark phototypes. Fine lines. Melasma (can’t be cured, but can approve appearance). Large pores. Improves oily skin. Discolouration. Blackheads.

Contraindication
Anyone on Roaccutane (or finished a course less than 6 months ago), St. Johns wort. Recent waxing. Avoid for 2 weeks after injectables and any laser treatment on the face.

What Does This Peels Do?
As a result of its macromolecular structure, it has a mild chemical peeling effect, which helps prevent irritations and makes it suitable for all skin types and all phototypes. It hydrates the skin. It exfoliates the surface of the skin, evening out skin tone. Reduces skin discolouration. Its antimicrobial action makes Mandelic acid peels ideal for fighting acne. Repairs sun damage. Improves the appearance of fine lines.

Mandelic acid peels improve skin faster than using a daily AHA treatment. They are the best peel to treat acne, particularly blackheads that don’t respond to anything else. Great for sensitive skin.

Treatment Protocol
The skin will be cleansed. A solution is used to remove any remaining surface facial oil. The peel is applied. The first peel will only remain on the skin for a few mins and the duration will be increased each time the peel is applied at subsequent treatments. The peel is removed with a neutraliser. Moisturiser and a SPF will be applied.

Sensation of this Peel
This mild peel is less penetrating because of its large molecular structure and you will take longer for you to feel any sensation. After a while you skin will start to feel warm and turn pink. You will find when the neutraliser is applied it will actually sting more than the peel. The neutraliser will continue to be applied until the stinging stops.

After the Peel
Mandelic peels don’t cause skin to physically peel (it does for some people though). DO NOT use any scrubs, exfoliants or harsh active treatments. Please use moisturiser and a high SPF to protect your skin from the sun.

Downtime
You skin may be pink, dry and flaky in some places, but can be covered by make-up. Your skin will heal in 2-3 days.

If you have a mandelic acid peel for acne, you might experience some post-peel purging as the acid exfoliates away the surface of the skin. You may suffer from active pimples, redness and irritation, but this usually goes in 2-3 days.

When Will You See Results
Your skin will be assessed and a treatment plan will be discussed.
Mandelic acid peels, like all other chemical peels, take time to work. Even though your skin improvements may not be immediate or even that noticeable, your skin does continue to get better as the days go on.

Better results are achieved if a course of treatments are booked. Keep in mind that fixing some skin problems will take a number of peels to achieve the desired result. This can be anywhere from 3 to 6 or more, depending on the severity of the skin damage. For instance, for mild-moderate acne that responds well to mandelic acid, you can expect to see some results after the third peel.

You can get mandelic acid peels every 2-3 weeks, but some people can tolerate getting them once a week. It all depends on your skin and how it responds to the treatment. Overall, mandelic acid peels are a great way to make your skin better without making it irritated!

See Add on Treatments to get targeted results for specific problems.

Best Results/ Frequency of Peels
You can have these weekly. Better results can be achieved with a course of treatments.
If the peel is carried out with a mesotherapy treatment the frequency then is every 4-6 weeks.

Add-on Treatments
Mesotherapy after to implant active ingredients directly into the skin to treat specific problems.

Duration of Treatment
30-45 mins
With Mesotherapy 45-60 mins

Lactic Acid Peel 50%

Type of Peel
AHA - Large molecular structure means less irritation.
Derived from milk.
Good for mature skins.

Skin Types
Fitzpatrick I-III
NOT Fitzpatrick IV-VI (Use Mandelic or Glycolic peel instead).
Good for drier skin types.

Pre-home Treatment
Yes. A consultation is required three weeks before any treatment can be carried out so products can be discussed.

Products will be provided as part of the treatment.
Multiple treatments must be booked, usually three to start with

Post-home Treatment
This will be discussed at the consultation.

Indications
Sensitive and dry skins. Acne-prone skin. Rosacea. Dark phototypes. Fine lines. Evens skin tone. Improves hyperpigmentation. Great exfoliation. Great hydration. Stimulation of natural collagen production.

What Does This Peels Do?
This is a mild chemical peel. It effectively exfoliates the surface of the skin, evening out skin tone. It stimulates the production of collagen and the regeneration of cells. It also has a natural hydrating effect, which helps prevent irritation and makes it suitable as a first or second peel for skin types I-IV. Repairs sun damage. Improves hyperpigmentation. Improves the appearance of fine lines.

Treatment Protocol.
The skin will be cleansed. A solution is used to remove any remaining surface facial oil. The peel is applied. The first peel will only remain on the skin for a few mins and the duration will be increased each time the peel is applied at subsequent treatments. The peel is removed with a neutraliser. Moisturiser and a SPF will be applied.

Sensation of this Peel
During the Lactic acid peel your skin will feel warm and turn pink. You will find when the neutraliser is applied it will actually sting more than the peel. The neutraliser will continue to be applied until the stinging stops.

After the Peel
Lactic acid peels don’t cause skin to physically peel (it does for some people though). Your skin will remain pink for a few hours or even a few days. This is normal. DO NOT use any scrubs, exfoliants or harsh active treatments. Please use moisturiser and a high strong sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Continue to wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun.

Your skin will return to normal in 3-4 days. You will experience redness, dryness and some skin flaking in the first two-days post treatment. You can cover up the redness with make-up.

The short time it take to recover from a Lactic acid peel makes it one of the more popular chemical peels out there.

When Will I See Results?
Your skin will be assessed and a treatment plan will be discussed.

Lactic acid peels, like all other chemical peels, take time to work.  Even though your skin improvements may not be immediate or even that noticeable, your skin does continue to get better as the days go on.

If you wish to see results you need to book at least 3 treatments to benefit from peel treatments.  Keep in mind that fixing some skin problems will take multiple acid peels. This can be anywhere from 3 to 6 or more, depending on the severity of your skin problems. You can expect to see some results after the third peel.  A lactic acid peel every 2-3 weeks will revitalize and brighten skin, keeping it young and healthy.

See Add on Treatments to get targeted results for specific problems.

Frequency of Peels
You can have these weekly. This depends how you can tolerate the peel.

Add-on Treatments
Skin needling and mesotherapy

Glycolic Acid Peel 50%

Type of Peel
AHA - Small molecular structure means fast penetration and more aggressive. Need to work up to a Glycolic acid peel.

Skin Types
Fitzpatrick IV-VI.

Pre-home Treatment
Yes. A consultation is required two weeks before any treatment can be carried out so products can be discussed. Products will be provided as part of the treatment. Multiple treatments must be booked, usually three to start with. You should have this a month before any planned holiday.

Post-home Treatment
Yes. See pre-home treatment.

Indications
Wrinkles. Loss of firmness. Dull skin. Discolouration. Sun-damaged skin. Blackheads. Skin resurfacing (smooth rough skin).

What Does This Peels Do?
This is a mild chemical peel. It effectively exfoliates the surface of the skin, evening out skin tone. It stimulates the production of collagen and the regeneration of cells. Glycolic acid interacts with the fibroblast receptors, stimulating the production of collagen, elastin, fibronectin, hyaluronic acid. The skin is therefore rejuvenated and regenerated. This should never be a first peel experience. This is a more aggressive peel and you should start with either a Mandelic acid peel or two, then Lactic acid peel, before a Glycolic acid peel to build up your tolerance. Great anti-ageing peel. Repairs sun damage. Improves hyperpigmentation.

Treatment Protocol
The skin will be cleansed. A solution is used to remove any remaining surface facial oil. The peel is applied. The first peel will only remain on the skin for a few mins and the duration will be increased each time the peel is applied at subsequent treatments. The peel is removed with a neutraliser. Moisturiser and a SPF will be applied.

Sensation of this Peel
This is a strong peel. Before you get to this peel you will have gradually built up your skin’s intolerance, so you should be able to tolerate just fine. If you have this as a first peel it will be painful. So any treatment plan discussed will never start with this peel.

During the Glycolic acid peel your skin will tingle, feel prickly and turn red. You will find when the neutraliser is applied it will actually sting more than the peel, so the peel will only be left on your skin for minute or two and the time will be built up over subsequent treatments. The neutraliser will continue to be applied until the stinging stops.

After the Peel
Glycolic acid peels don’t cause skin to physically peel (it does for some people though). Your skin will remain red for a few hours or even a few days. This is normal. If you do flake and peel a bit, let it peel naturally or you run the risk of scarring. Definitely do not pick. DO NOT use any scrubs, exfoliants or harsh active treatments. Please use moisturiser and a high strong sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Continue to wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun.

Downtime
If this is the first time you’ve had a Glycolic acid peel you will be red and as your skin learns to tolerate the strength of this peel the redness will be less each subsequent treatment you have. It might be an idea to have this type of peel at the weekend, so you have a few days before going back to work and wearing make-up. Your skin will return to normal in 4-5 days. You will experience redness, dryness and some skin flaking in the first two-days post treatment. You can cover up the redness with make-up. If your skin is really red a cooling face mask will be applied to help with this.

When Will You See Results
Your skin will be assessed and a treatment plan will be discussed.
Glycolic acid peels, like all other chemical peels, take time to work. Even though your skin improvements may not be immediate or even that noticeable, your skin does continue to get better as the days go on.

If you wish to see results you need to book at least 3 treatments to benefit from peel treatments. Keep in mind that fixing some skin problems will take multiple acid peels. This can be anywhere from 3 to 6 or more, depending on the severity of your skin problems. You can expect to see some results after the third peel. A Glycolic acid peel every 2-3 weeks will revitalize and brighten skin, keeping it young and healthy.

See Add on Treatments to get targeted results for specific problems.

Frequency of Peels
You can have these every 2-3 weeks. This depends how you can tolerate the peel.

Add-on Treatments
Skin needling and mesotherapy