Chemical Skin Peel
Many skin issues are associated with an excessive build-up of dead skin cells, which make the skin thick and dull, usually clogging the pores. Skin peels can offer a revolutionary way to effectively treat ageing skin, acne, reduce sun damage and hyper pigmentation. This procedure can also help the skin to appear smoother, healthier, plumper and tighter.
What is a chemical skin peel?
There are several different types of skin peel. At the Harmony clinic we use a 40% glycolic acid peel, a superficial peel perfect if you simply wish to replenish your skin with a brighter glow and boost of hydration. If you are interested in a deeper skin peel we have the 70% glycolic acid peel. This is a significantly stronger concentration and will require at least two 40% glycolic peel treatments prior to its commencement.
*Please note, visible peeling is uncommon with this type of peel.
Glycolic peels are excellent in the management of:
- Acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Pigmentation – sun & age spots, hormonal influencers
- Anti-ageing – reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Regulating oily skin by reducing the amount of sebum secreted
- Improving dry skin through exfoliation and improving skin texture
How does this work?
The glycolic peels involve the application of a chemical solution to your skin in order to speed up the exfoliation process. They work by speeding up natural cell renewal by removing the outmost layer of dermis (skin). You will effectively be left with a new layer of skin, one which looks fresher and more youthful.
The strength of the peel determines the length of the downtime and inevitably the final result
Before & After Images
Prior to Treatment
A review of your past medical history, physical examination and discussion on your expectations will be made.
One week before the peel, avoid electrolysis and waxing treatments. 48 hours prior to your treatment avoid using abrasive scrubs, facial masks, self-tanners, bleaching or skin-lightening agents.
Three days prior to your appointment, you will need to stop the use of any cosmeceutical retinols. Topical prescription retinol will need to be ceased at least two weeks in advance.
Firstly the skin is cleansed, followed by the application of glycolic acid to the skin using a brush. The solution is left on the skin for one minute.
You may feel a mild stinging while the chemical solution is on the skin.
A neutralizing solution is then applied to remove the chemical solution from the treated skin.
The treatment is concluded with the application of a skin nourishment cream, recovery balm and daily moisture defence SPF 45.
It is usual for skin to feel and look red and warm immediately post treatment.
No harsh cleansers or topical following treatment i.e – retinoid
Avoid make up for 24 hours particularly if treating acne
Avoid heat and steam room for 24 hours
Avoid direct sunlight for 1 week
Daily moisturiser / SPF 45 must be used after and used continuously.
Upgrade Your Treatment
Esthemax Hydro Jelly Mask
Loved by the aesthetics industry these extremely nourishing hydration masks are imported from the USA and contain the highest quality ingredients, favoured by many celebrities around the world.
Choose from a selection of different masks best suited for your skin.
- Hydraulic Acid
- Intensive aftercare
- Vampire lactic acid
- Vitamin b
- Spot diminishing
- Illuminating and radiance biotin.
£10 – 20 minutes
Face and scalp massage with reiki energy
Facial massage has been proven to help lift & stimulate the facial muscles assisting with the removal of congestion and oxygenation of the cells to give the skin a healthy glow. This massage can be fuelled with reiki energy to promote a deeper healing and calmness from within.
£15 – 20 minutes
All treatments include extractions however if you wish to have a longer session to concentrate on removing congestion in the skin please ensure you add extra time.
£10 – 20 minutes
Frequently asked questions
Most clients use a skin peel to improve the appearance of their facial skin, but we can also administer peels to your neck, chest, back and hands
No, although you may experience a hot, itchy sensation once the solution is on your skin. This is completely normal, and should subside quickly.
No. It is not recommended for anyone with active skin infections, skin allergies, facial skin cancer, pregnancy or breastfeeding, recent use of Roaccutane (within 6 months of use ) and retinoid. *A full list of side effects, cautions and contraindications will be discussed at face to face consultation.
The most common side effects include redness and irritation and a low risk of scarring and infection. Post inflammatory pigmentation can occur however more likely in those with darker skin. The potential side effects of a glycolic acid peel depend on the depth of the peel and your skin. After a light or medium peel the skin may just feel tight and have some mild redness which usually subsides within 24 hours.
Glycolic peels have no recovery time and you will be able to resume your daily routine almost immediately
A course of 4 – 6 treatments at 1 weekly intervals are recommended for optimum results.
- Deep wrinkles
- Deep folds
- Capillaries or facial veins
30 minutes estimated
24 hours estimated
Course of approx. 4-6 peels is recommended for optimum results
Will see results after first peel, best results after full course of peels *
6-12 Months *
Skin irritation can occur up to 24 hours *