What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels are a method of regenerating and resurfacing the skin by inducing a controlled wound to the skin. They remove the top skin layers to help induce collagen remodelling and therefore improve sun-damaged skin, acne scars, skin pigmentation problems, wrinkles, skin texture, and the overall appearance of the skin. The strength of the chemical peel will determine its depth. Deeper peels will have a longer recovery period, but will also result in greater improvement to the skin.
Are peels right for everyone?
Chemical peels are suitable for almost everyone and at CHIC we have a varied range from our Sensitive PHA Peel which is suitable for very sensitive skins right through to our mono peels which use high-strength single acids that can even be layered to target stubborn concerns. Certain skin conditions / people may be ‘contra-indicated’ and therefore shouldn’t go down the peel route until skin is normalised.
The first step is always a consultation where our doctors carry out a careful and personalised assessment and recommend the most ideal treatment plan.
How are chemical peels performed?
Chemical peels are best performed by an experienced doctor. The skin is first thoroughly cleansed. You will be asked to keep your eyes closed during the procedure, which may also be covered. The chemical peel solution is then applied to the face. The procedure is timed, and you will be asked about your comfort level. Neutralisation of the peel can be performed any time during and at the end of the peel. A number of serums are applied to aid the skin with the recovery process and to achieve the desired result. The peel is completed usually by placing sunscreen and a soothing balm on the face.
You will then be given after-care instructions by the doctor.
What results can I expect?
24 hours post-peel your skin will likely feel a little tight and appear slightly flushed. Within 3 days your skin will start to flake but within the week you will start to see clearer, more uniform skin tone. Over a course of 6 peels, results will be even more visibly profound. Taking pictures of your progress with your phone is encouraged.
What's the downtime?
By definition, the application of acids to the skin may cause redness, skin flaking and mild peeling; but every skin is different. We recommend not to wear makeup for the first 12 hours post-peel to ensure the skin remains bacteria-free. You will be recommended a comprehensive aftercare routine to continue with at home to ensure your skin recovers and rejuvenates correctly. As a general rule, expect flaking from around the 3rd day post-peel for a maximum of 5 further days. You should avoid direct sun exposure during these recovery days and always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Can I have just one peel to improve my skin?
It is possible to just have a single peel, but we recommend a course of 4 to 6 to really see the long-term skin benefits. It’s a little like going to the gym; you can go occasionally but the real results will come when you commit to an ongoing programme. Our doctors will guide you through your peel journey for best results – basically it’s like ‘individual personal training for your skin’.
Professional Combination Peels
Anti-Ageing: A targeted formulation that helps to promote collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It fades away imperfections, leaving the skin visibly smoothed and rejuvenated.
Depigmenting: A brightening peel targeting sun damage, hyperpigmentation and dull, uneven skin. Helping to minimise melanin production, the Even peel visibly fades pigmentation for a more even and radiant complexion.
Anti-Acne: A powerful blend of acids that sink deep into pores to effectively clarify and decongest the complexion. Rapidly brings blemishes under control and dramatically reduces the risk of future breakouts.
Universal AHA Peel
Revitalisation: Suitable for everyone and any skin concern, it visibly brightens, smoothes, decongests and revitalises the skin. Ideal for a first time peel or to maintain results from other peels.
Sensitive PHA Peel
Anti-Redness: A new addition for extremely sensitive or redness-prone skin to visibly smooth skin texture and help promote a stronger skin barrier.
Eye Reveal Peel
Eyes: An ultra-gentle yet effective solution to target signs of ageing around the delicate eye area.
Professional Mono Peels
We also offer specific single-acid peels for extra-tailored care. Our doctors can choose from a range of different strengths. They will determine the layers of actives you need on an individual basis during consultation.
Mono Mandelic TR
30% Mandelic Acid Professional Skin Peel
Mono Lactic TR
30%, 50% Lactic Acid Professional Skin Peel
Mono Glycolic TR
30%, 50%, 70% Glycolic Acid Professional Skin Peel