chemical peel

How Many Chemical Peels?

Since we posted the below last year, we’ve continued, after due research, to add to our range of peels. 

How wide a variety?

We worked out the options today and realized that our range now contains over 35 distinct types, strengths, and combinations of chemical peel.

Why does this matter?

It means that we’re probably going to be able to select the right one for your skin…


The Good News: We’ve expanded our range of chemical peels

We have been exploring additional types of chemical peel, and have now settled on some strong additions to our range.

What this means for you

This will massively increase the effectiveness with which we can treat a whole range of skin conditions.

What this doesn’t mean for you

More decisions!… Salicylic or Mandelic acid? What about Glycolic? AHA or BHA? CHA? (is that even a thing?)

Stop. You won’t find a whole new set of options in the services menu. We’ve seen those elsewhere; they either give you technical choices which you shouldn’t have to make yourself, or worse let you pick from a list of fluffy names.

There’s a reason we did all that training. To help you to make the right choices.

As always, we’ll work with you to decide the most suitable treatment in discussion with you, after your skin consultation/assessment, and with consideration to what you want to achieve.

 Not that kind of peel! Not that kind of peel!

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Why is my skin not peeling after my chemical peel?

Why is my skin not peeling after my chemical peel?

Newer chemical peel formulations, that have ingredients that work together to provide the desired result with minimal downtime, often mean that you won’t actually ‘peel’.

Rather there will just be a short period of flaky skin.

Research has shown that several treatments with a milder peel solution can offer the same results as a single session with a stronger, more aggressive formulation. This means less downtime and a reduced risk of an adverse reaction.

Sometimes, the solutions are so gentle that there will be no visible skin peeling at all.

 Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

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Can I have a Chemical Peel on my hands?

Can I have a Chemical Peel on my hands?

Chemical peels are not just for use on the face!

Many areas of the body will also benefit, including the back, neck, chest.

Hands suffering sun-damage can often respond particularly well to peeling.

 these age spots (also known as sun spots, liver spots or lentigines) would respond well to a suitable peel. For example, these age spots (also known as sun spots, liver spots or lentigines) would respond well to a suitable peel.

 Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

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Will a chemical peel remove tattoos?

Will a chemical peel remove tattoos?

Most chemical peels will not remove tattoos as the ink is placed deep in the dermal layers.

Tattoo removal is best achieved through laser treatment. If a peel solution is preferred, you should seek the advice of an aesthetic medical practitioner who can advise your suitability for a TCA peel or similar. These penetrate the skin more deeply, but have longer downtime.

 Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

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Who should get a chemical peel?

Who should get a chemical peel?

Chemical peels can be a very effective way of dealing with a number of common skin issues.

What concerns can benefit from a chemical peel?

People with the following concerns would all benefit from the treatment:

  • skin laxity and loss of volume;

  • lines and wrinkles;

  • epidermal pigmentation problems – sun damage,

  • post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation;

  • Acne,

  • Rosacea,

  • enlarged pores and coarse textured skin;

  • scarring – including acne scars and chicken pox scars;

  • dull and congested skin.

 Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

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What chemical peel is best for acne?

What chemical peel is best for acne?

Peels containing Salicylic or Mandelic acid can produce amazing results for acne sufferers.

As they are lipid soluble (dissolve in fat & oils) they have an affinity with the skin’s natural oils and so can easily penetrate the skin, entering sebaceous ducts breaking down the buildup of sebum and dead skin cells.

Their larger molecular structure means that they don’t penetrate as deeply as Glycolic peels, and as a result are less aggressive, making them ideal for sensitive skins.

Their sensitive nature means that they can be used on skins of colour where pigmentation issues can be an issue

 Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

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What happens during my Chemical Peel?

What happens during my Chemical Peel?

The chemical peel procedure is extremely straightforward and is carried out as a number of steps:

1. Your skin will be cleansed and sanitised to reduce the risk of infection.

2. If you are having a peel with a Alpha-Hydroxy acid agent e.g. Glycolic, which is water soluble and therefore unable to easily penetrate the skin’s natural lipid barrier, your skin will wiped over with a solution to remove the natural oils. If you are having a peel with a Beta-Hydroxy acid agent this step isn’t necessary, as these have a natural affinity with the skin’s protective oils and so can penetrate the skin unaided.

3. The more sensitive areas of your face like your lips and brows will be covered with a film of barrier cream and your eyes covered for protection.

4. The peel solution will then be applied using either a disposable applicator or gauze

5. The time that the solution remains on your skin will be determined by the actual peeling agents used and their strength and your unique situation (how your skin responds to the treatment and your practitioner’s professional judgement)

6. The solution will be neutralised to stop the peeling agent’s action.

7. A facial mask or compress will be applied to cool and soothe the skin

8. Post treatment products will be applied, which if the treatment has been carried out during the day will include an SPF

 Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

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Is a chemical peel or microdermabrasion better?

Is a chemical peel or microdermabrasion better?

Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are both deep exfoliating treatments that bring about a resurfacing of the skin by prompting the body’s healing response mechanism.

They both offer the opportunity to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation marks and scarring, but work in different ways.

  • Chemical peels work by chemically breaking the bonds that hold the individual skin cells to one another,

  • Microdermabrasion uses a device to physically abrade the surface of the skin.

The initial effects of the two methods do vary: the skin is often red, hot and tight feeling after a chemical peel and can take a day or two to show the positive effects of brighter, clearer skin, whilst these effects are often immediately visible with microdermabrasion.

However, both methods will require a course of sessions, and often the support of topical regime, to effectively treat conditions like fine lines and pigmentation staining.

Microdermabrasion is less useful where the skin has vascular damage or is particularly fine and prone to broken capillaries, due to it’s mechanical nature.

 Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

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Are chemical peels safe during pregnancy and when breastfeeding?

Are chemical peels safe during pregnancy and when breastfeeding?

Alpha Hydroxy acid peels like Glycolic are generally safe for use during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Salicylic acid, which is a Beta-Hydroxy acid that is effectively used to treat acne, is known to cause problems a so should not be used.

However, many commercial peels contain a combination of acids and/or active ingredients, some of which may have the potential to enter the bloodstream, and so you should always advise your practitioner if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, so that they can advise on the most suitable options.

 Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

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Will a chemical peel remove facial hair?

Will a chemical peel remove facial hair?

A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing procedure that works by gently breaking down the chemical bonds between individual cells in the skin’s upper layers and so will not remove facial hair.

 Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician Anne Stewart, Owner and Aesthetician

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