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Our Birmingham clinic provides Chemical Peel treatments, that involve the careful application of a chemical exfoliant to the surface of the skin to remove superficial blemishes, lesions and lines. After application, fresh skin emerges to the surface.
Chemical Peels can be used on most areas of the body, but are most commonly used to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin on the face, chest or backs of the hands. They can also be used to improve certain skin spots, blemishes or lesions including acne.
The success of Chemical Skin Peel treatments depends on a variety of factors. Your personal skin type and the problem which requires attention will need to be fully assessed before deciding on the best peel for you, of which there are different grades and brands.
Grades of Peel
Superficial Peels really brighten the skin. They improve rough skin texture, dry or flaking skin by deep exfoliation. They cause shedding of the outermost layer of skin (the epidermis) and stimulate healthy skin to form.
They are not the same as the peels available from beauty therapists.
Medium Depth Peels work on deeper layers of the skin including the dermis. This allows them to be effective at decreasing small wrinkles, acne scars and pigmentation problems. They can help even out uneven skin tones and decrease age spots.
Brands of Peel
Easy Phytic Solution is a superficial peel, and is made up of 70% glycolic acid with mendolic acid and phytic acid. It can be used on all skin types including Black and Asian skin. It is often used as part of a course of 6 peels at weekly intervals. It does not cause any visible peeling and could be done in your lunch hour!
Easy Phytic Peels can only be applied by medical professionals.
Easy TCA Solution is classed as a medium depth skin peel and is made up of 15% trichloracetic acid. It is excellent at reversing signs of sun damage, treating mild acne, reducing lines and removing pigmentation and other visible signs of ageing. Treatment with TCA consists of 4 separate peels performed at weekly intervals. It will most likely lead to some skin shedding, much like sunburn.
LA Peel Solution consists of rescorcinol, lactic acid and salicylic acid, and is classified as a superficial peel, although it can be layered for a deeper peel. It is used for mild to moderate wrinkles, sun damaged skin, melasma and mild to moderate acne. This range is also suitable for darker skin types, but we may choose to layer a series of lighter peels in order to avoid hyper pigmentation. The peel programme often involves 3 - 4 peels spaced 4 - 6 weeks apart.
How is it done?
After deciding on the best Peel for you based on skin colour and problem areas, it is usual for the deeper peels that you use a complimentary cream for 2 - 3 weeks prior to the treatment. Patients are also advised not to undergo tanning or UV treatments in the 2 weeks before treatment. On the day of the treatment, the skin is cleansed and the Peel is applied with cotton gauze/wool or buds. Different numbers of layers will be applied depending on the product used.
There is normally a warm or burning sensation which soon settles. Sometimes a post Peel cream is applied. The treatment normally takes 15 to 30 minutes to perform. On leaving, your skin may appear flushed but will otherwise look normal.
How long will it take for the full effect to show?
With the Easy Phytic Peel there is no visible peeling of the skin, but the best results will be seen at about 1 week post Peel.
With the TCA and LA Peels, there is skin tightening at about day 2 with peeling at about day 2 - 3. This is normally fairly mild with the TCA Peel appearing much like mild skin burn. With LA Peels, however, the skin peeling can sometimes be marked. For this reason you may prefer to time the skin peel so that this occurs over the weekend.
With both, the skin starts to look its’ best from about 1 week post Peel.
What areas can be treated?
The most commonly treated area is the face, but good results can be achieved from treating the neck, hands and even back.
Who shouldn’t have it?
- Peels are not recommended for people who are suffering from an active skin infection
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- People with significant inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis or lupus
- Those who are on, or have recently been on, Roaccutane
Are there any side effects?
- Aside from the initial redness there no common side effects
- Infection is rare but possible; adverse pigmentation in darker skin types is avoided by choosing your Peel carefully, and good aftercare
What do I do after?
Do not wash or apply anything onto the newly peeled skin for 24 hours. Then use high factor sun protection and any prescribed treatment creams. If the skin peels try to not physically remove the skin as this can increase risk of infection
How Much does it Cost?
NeoStrata Glycolic Peel £60
Course of 6 Glycolic Peels £300
Course of 4 TCA Peels £500
LA Peel £150
Course of 3 LA Peels £390
Please note the above answers are not exhaustive; any questions you have should be discussed with the Doctor during your consultation