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.
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Salicylic Acid 10% acne peel – This is a superb peel for oily skins to help control sebaceous gland oil output and to help balance the skin’s oil production. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that is oil soluble. It is the best ingredient for penetrating through, and breaking up, excess oil in the skin. These peels can be used on any sebaceous rich areas eg. face, chest and back. This peel can be done once a month to help with oil control.
Obagi Radiance peel – This is a fantastic superficial chemical peel that contains glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid. This effective combination helps gently strip away the skin’s dead cells to reveal a brighter, tighter, more radiant new skin. It can be done in layers to increase the intensity for those looking for something a bit deeper and more powerful or can be done gently for those new to the process of chemical peeling. All skin types can have benefit from a Radiance peel. This is our clinic’s most popular chemical peel.
TCA – Trichloroacetic acid peels are medium depth peels that can be used to help treat pigmentation irregularities, fine lines, wrinkles, dull/lacklustre skin, acne and acne scarring. This chemical peel is for people wanting to see more dramatic post procedure results. After TCA peel’s the skin will shed and peel for 3-5 days. The skin must be prepared for 4 weeks prior to this peel with active skincare that your clinician can advise. This preparation will include products such as glycolic, salicylic acid and topical retinol or tretinoin. This is a great peel for those a little more adventurous and for those who want to deeply rejuvenate their skin.
The Skin Clinic is the premier destination for Chemical peels and Skin Rejuvenation in Essex and Kent.
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.
Chemical peels are not suitable for people on strong acne treatments like 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.
For the few days before a chemical peel you should avoid laser hair removal procedures, electrolysis, waxing, sunbathing, sunbed use, topical retinols and topical tretinoin.
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