What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is the application of a chemical solution onto the skin in order to treat certain skin conditions or simply for the rejuvenation of a tired and dull complexion.

The ‘strength’ of a chemical peel is determined by the depth to which it penetrates the different layers of the skin. This also determines the effects on the skin after the peel, the healing or downtime necessary as well as time between peels treatments.

What conditions can be treated with chemical peels?

  • Acne
  • Pigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • Rosacea
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dull dehydrated skin

Where can a chemical peel be used on the body?

Generally chemical peels are done on the face, neck and chest. However, there are no limitations if the indication is correct. They can be used for example, on the back or arms to treat acne.

Is there downtime involved?

With superficial epidermal peels – the “lunchtime peel”- you can expect the skin to be red and warm after the procedure and this may typically last a day. You may experience slight flaking of the skin after 3-5 days. It is important to keep the skin hydrated and protected from the sun.

Medium depth chemical peels are used for specific skin conditions such as acne, pigmentation and deep winkles. There is significantly more downtime involved.The skin will be red and warm and sensitive and after a few days large areas will peel off and may even look darker until full healing has occurred. It is important not to pick at the peeling skin and to keep it moisturised. Sun exposure is most definitely not allowed during this healing process as the skin is most vulnerable to hyperpigmentation.

When will I see results?

This is dependant on your initial skin concern and will be discussed with you during the consultation.

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