What are Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel is an in-clinic aesthetic treatment that improves the appearance of the skin and can help make it appear younger, smoother and firmer.
An experienced Aesthetician will prepare the skin, apply medical-grade chemical solutions to the skin to exfoliate the top layer causing it “peel” off. This reveals a fresh layer underneath. Chemical peels can be used to treat skin on the face, as well as skin on the hands, neck, or décolletage.
At London Real Skin we offer three types of chemical peel – NeoStrata glycolic peels, NeoStrata Clarifying peels, and the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance. The peel used will depend on your skin type and your skincare goals.
What are the benefits of Chemical Peels?
Medical-grade chemical peels exfoliate the top layer of skin; not only does this reveal the younger, fresher looking layer underneath, but it also stimulates the production of elastin and collagen within the skin to result in a fresher and brighter appearance.
Chemical peels provide long-lasting results all over the treated area, improving the look of discoloration whilst reducing the looks of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. Chemical peels are an ideal choice for anyone wanting to improve the look of their skin, and because we offer a range of chemical peels at London Real Skin we are able to help patients achieve a number of skin goals. Whether you want to treat a specific skin issue or just want to rejuvenate the look of tired skin to achieve a more youthful appearance, a chemical peel is a safe and effective way to achieve the look you want. Chemical peels can help address the following cosmetic conditions – photodamaged and ageing skin, rough texture, acne (comedones, papules, cysts, shallow scars), rosacea, ruddiness, and fine lines/wrinkles.
Immediately after treatment there is a noticeably improvement in skin texture.
Obagi Blue Peel Radiance Chemical Peel
The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance Chemical Peel is a non-invasive, gentle chemical facial peel designed to improve skin appearance without any down time.
Using a combination of salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids applied to the face, neck, décolletage or hands this Obagi peel can help the skin become tighter, smoother and appear brighter.
The peel will improve skin tone and texture helping to minimise skin ageing by targeting fine lines, and photo damage and reducing pores.
NeoStrata Clarifying Peel
The NeoStrata Clarifying Peel is a combination of 30% mandelic acid and citric acid and is suitable for oily and acne-prone skin.
NeoStrata Glycolic Peels
The NeoStrata Glycolic Peels contain 20%, 35% or 50% glycolic acid and are designed for patients with multiple skin concerns including rough texture, fine lines, wrinkles, dry skin and irregular skin pigmentation. Higher strengths can also help to reduce the appearance of acne scarring and certain pigmentation problems.
Our experienced medical Aestheticians will be able to advise which chemical peel will be most suitable for you. Our chemical peels use medical-grade strength ingredients and are supported by clinical evidence to prove that they work.
You will see an immediate result of fresher, brighter skin following a peel. For best results we recommend a course of six peels. Results depend on the individual, but can last for up to six months.
What is involved in having a Chemical Peel?
During your initial consultation one of our experienced Medical Aestheticians will assess your skin type, condition and your overall medical history, before discussing your skin goals and recommending a suitable treatment plan. They will advise on the most suitable peel or combination of peels, the number of treatments and time between each treatment, and what follow-up skincare regime will give you the best results. At the end of the consultation, a test patch may be conducted to rule out any adverse reactions.
Our Aesthetician may recommend some skincare for you to use, to prepare your skin for the peels to ensure the best results.
When you return for your peel, the Aesthetician will cleanse your skin, prepare it for the chemical peel with a pre-treatment. They will then apply the peel and leave that on the skin for a period of time. A neutralising agent is normally applied at this point to prevent any further exfoliation or reaction to the skin. The aesthetician will remove all of the peel active ingredients and normally apply a moisturiser and sunblock prior to you leaving. Treatment will last 30-45 minutes.
During the treatment, you may feel a slight heat or tingling sensation, but this is completely normal, and will eventually subside. There is no downtime or recovery period associated with the treatment, so you can return to your normal routine immediately following a chemical peel. Some patients report some minor skin peeling in the two to five days following treatment, after which tangible results can be seen. For the best results, we recommend sessions of three to six treatments carried out every two to four weeks.
What are the risks and potential side-effects of Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are not suitable for the following people:
Other known side effects of skin peels are immediate stinging or burning, flushing or erythema that may last 1-2 hours or longer, epidermolysis (whitening), peeling may occur and a marked reaction can last up to 3 weeks with erythema and crusting.
What aftercare is required for Chemical Peels?
The following aftercare is recommended to improve the treatment results and to minimise side-effects from the treatment:
- You may gently apply mineral make-up post treatment, or apply your normal makeup once any redness has calmed.
- A cold compress will soothe the skin, and in extreme cases an antihistamine from your pharmacy may help.
- Avoid direct sun exposure for at least 7 days and use sunscreen SPF50+ at all time during the course of treatment
- Avoid hot water and saunas for 7 days post treatment.
- Avoid exfoliation and skincare products including acids or retinoids for 7 days pre-treatment and post treatment
- Refrain from exfoliation and do not pick at peeling skin. The dead skin will naturally slough off
- Avoid skincare products that contain alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid products, retinoids, retinols and skincare products that contain fragrance for seven days before and after treatment.
What is the cost of Chemical Peels?
An initial consultation with an Aesthetician is £30. A single chemical peel is £120, while a six-session package is £600 (six sessions for the price of five).
|1 Treatment||6 Treatment Package|
|Obagi Blue Peel Radiance||£120||£600|
|NeoStrata Clarifying Peel with mandelic and citric acids||£120||£600|
|NeoStrata glycolic peel 20%, 35% or 50%||£120||£600|
Case study of Chemical Peels
Obagi Blue Peel Radiance before, and after 3 treatments
NeoStrata Glycolic Peel before, and after 4 treatments
NeoStrata Clarifying Peel before, and after 3 treatments
Which chemical peel is right for me?
We offer a range of peels to suit different skin types and achieve different skin goals. Obagi Radiance Peel is an ideal treatment for anyone who wants to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
The NeoStrata Clarifying Peel is suitable for oily and acne-prone skin.
The NeoStrata glycolic Peels are designed for patients with multiple skin concerns including rough texture, fine lines, wrinkles, dry skin and irregular skin pigmentation. Higher strengths can also help to reduce the appearance of acne scarring and certain pigmentation problems.
Does a chemical peel hurt?
You may experience a mild heat sensation during the peel but with minimal discomfort. This will subside and be neutralized as part of the treatment.
How long does a chemical peel take?
The treatment takes around 30 minutes, with patients able to leave our clinic and continue their day as normal immediately following treatment.
How long until I see results?
You will see an immediate result of fresher, brighter skin following a peel. For best results we recommend a course of six peels.
How long do results last?
Results depend on the individual, but can last for up to six months with a good homecare skincare regime.