Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are treatments used to deeply exfoliate the skin and remove dead and redundant skin cells from the outer most layer of the skin. A chemical peel is a controlled way of stripping away the dead skin cells and other cellular debris from the epidermis. This process is safe and encourages a new, healthier skin to replace it. Peels can be good for fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, uneven pigmentation and blemishes. Some people use peels on a regular basis to maintain the skin and keep it looking healthy and young.

Here at The Skin Clinic our chemical peels include the Image TCA and the LA peel. We also do a variety of glycolic and gentle salicylic/glycolic peels. Chemical peels can be good for correcting for pigmentation, acne, congestion, blackheads and fine lines and wrinkles. Our medical staff are highly skilled in skincare and chemical peels and will help you achieve luminous, revitalised and glowing skin. Peels can be perfomed at varying depths depending on the results you want and how much downtime you are willing to have. Your practitioner can advise you further on this during your consultation. Most peels will require 4 weeks of specific skin preparation prior to the chemical peel for optimum results and safety. Your clinican can advise you further on this.

A client recently had an Image TCA Peel here at our clinic and here are her pictures and diary for the fews days following the Peel.

Day 1                            Day 2                       Day 3                     Day 4             |      Day 5 .


Here is an account of Kate’s 5 days:

DAY 1-Face bright red, looks and feels like sunburn.

DAY 2-Face still red, but much less irritated.  Skin is so tight it looks like I have scales or that I am very wrinkly.  Slight peeling around the mouth.

DAY 3-Skin is so taut I have limited facial movements.  It feels like my face needs to crack.  Slight peeling around the mouth in the morning which started shedding late afternoon.  Face much less red.

DAY 4- Skin on chin and around mouth continued to shed.  Cheeks and nose also peeling.

DAY 5- Forehead peeling.

DAY 6-8-Only small patches left which are flaking off like dry skin.  The peel has gone deeper on my chin so it is still red, but the rest of my face is back to normal.  I could go back to work at day 7.

RESULTS- Brighter skin.  The acne pigmentation on my chin has reduced.  My pores are unblocked which will hopefully help reduce break outs in the future.

What can I expect?


Medical chemical peels are not like beauty salon facials. They are designed to deeply exfoliate the skin and strip away dead and redundant skin layers. The treatment itself may be slightly uncomfortable/sting but the chemicals are only in contact with the skin for a brief period (2-5 minutes normally). After your chemical peel your skin may look slightly red and inflamed. This is the desired effect. Deeper chemical peels may cause peeling and desquamation of the skin. Again, this is normal and is the desired effect. Your Clinician will warn you which peels are likely to do this in your initial consultation. After a chemical peel it is essential that you avoid exposure to sunlight or UV light and wear a sun block daily to protect your skin.

Who should avoid treatment?


Chemical peels are not suitable for people on strong acne treatments like topical or oral retinoids. Chemical peels should be avoided in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Other skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis may also preclude treatment. Your clinician will advise you further.

The Skin Clinic is the premier destination for Chemical peels and Skin Rejuvenation in Essex and Kent.