A skin peel is a mild form of exfoliation to remove dead skin cells from the top of the skin. A peel can improve skin tone, help manage pigmentation, improve texture, firm your skin and manage breakouts. It can also hydrate your skin which can reduce the appearance of fine lines.

course of peels’ helps to improve the appearance and texture of the skin, reducing signs of ageing and improving the texture and appearance of acne-prone skin.

I will normally recommend a series of treatments for optimal results, which may vary due to age, previous sun damage, continued sun exposure, smoking, alcohol intake, diet, water intake, skin thickness and sensitivity.

This treatment is suitable for all skin types. It allows the next layer of fresh new skin cells to shine through.

A chemical peel also creates an increase in the skin’s water binding capacity, resulting in more supple, plumper appearance.  Your skin immediately looks fresher, softer and feels smoother – without down time.

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A peel is a chemical exfoliation that increases cellular turnover. It involves the use of mild lactic acid peels (natural AHAs) to loosen and remove the keratin (hardened protein bonds between the old skin cells) on the skin’s surface. Peels reach different depths of the skin depending on the size of the molecule and time applied.

Those who are: allergic to any ingredients in the peel; pregnant or breastfeeding; unwell or have an infection at the treatment site; have prior keloid scarring. It is not suitable for anyone whose had: deep skin resurfacing within the previous month; recent facial surgery; recent use of Retrieve (within 48 hours) or who has used Isotane within 6 months or had sun exposure within 2 weeks.

For best results, please follow the pre-treatment regime that I will provide you at your consultation. If you interrupt your pre-treatment regime, please contact me promptly as your appointment may need to be rescheduled. For two weeks prior to your treatment please do not have any waxing, depilatory use, laser hair removal or other chemical treatments in the treatment area. Remember to avoid sun exposure and notify me if you start taking any new medication, or experience any change to your health, as this may increase sensitivity to your peel.

The treated area may initially look red and swollen and might feel tender. Swelling normally settles within 24 hours, but occasionally may be prolonged, requiring an antihistamine. For up to 10 days after your peel, your skin may be irritated or itchy with some peeling or flaking. It is important not to pick or scratch your skin during this time to avoid scarring. Coldsores can be triggered in predisposed individuals but can be prevented by medication. Small breakouts may occur that should self-resolve with time.

Rarely, infection can occur which may require further medical management. There is a very small risk of lightening or darkening of the skin which could be permanent. To minimise this risk, it is important to follow your pre- and post-treatment regime and avoid sun exposure.

Rarely, infection can occur which may require further medical management. There is a very small risk of lightening or darkening of the skin which could be permanent. To minimise this risk, it is important to follow your pre- and post-treatment regime and avoid sun exposure.

Do:

  1. Use a gentle cleanser and moisturiser. Wear minimal makeup the next day.
  2. Follow your post-procedure regime including mandatory zinc sunscreen for two weeks.
  3. Increase your water intake to eight glasses daily for three days.

Don’t:

  1. No intense exercise, alcohol or makeup for the day of and the day following treatment.
  2. No direct sun exposure for two weeks.
  3. No waxing, hair removal or facial treatments for one week.
  4. No picking, scratching, exfoliating or using wash cloths on the treated area for one week.
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