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HOW DO I KNOW WHICH TYPE OF CHEMICAL PEEL IS BEST SUITED TO MY SKIN?

When many people think of chemical peels, they remember the scene in Sex and the City when Samantha appears with a bright red peeling face to the horror of her friends! However, I’m very pleased to say that this is no longer is the case!

The main aim of chemical peels is to visibly improve the appearance of the skin. Chemical peels are a fantastic way of restoring a youthful appearance, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving pigmentation and sun damage and generally result in glowing dewy skin. Chemical peels differ in the ingredients used as well as the depth of the skin treated and, to get the best results, you should really visit an experienced doctor to help you fully understand the chemical peel procedure and advise you as to which peel is best to treat your concerns. Chemical peels are available at beauty salons – however the peel treatments that beauty therapists can perform are considerably more superficial and less effective than the chemical peel your doctor can offer.

Chemical peels are categorised by the depth of skin penetration and the majority performed are superficial peels. I have put together a quick guide below to what you need to know about chemical peels before booking a consultation:

LIGHT AND SUPERFICIAL DEPTH CHEMICAL PEELS

Superficial chemical peels are the most commonly used peels in the treatment of fine lines, dry skin, uneven pigmentation, and mild to moderate acne. These peels target the outermost layer of skin known as the stratum corneum and help with the exfoliation process allowing new fresh skin to appear. Usually, the chemical solution used for light and superficial chemical peels is comprised of either alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, and mandelic acids or betahydroxy acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid. These superficial peels are perfect for patients who do not want any downtime in the form of skin peeling and redness. However, in order to see the benefit, a course of 4-6 peels is recommended with a treatment gap of at least 2 weeks in between peels.

MEDIUM DEPTH CHEMICAL PEELS

Medium depth chemical peels also treat pigmentation issues and blemishes as well as fine lines and wrinkles, but are associated with increased downtime and peeling. These peels often contain trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and fewer are needed to see the required result. However, these peels are less popular as the peeling is often noticeable. My preferred medium depth peel is the Perfect Peel as the results I get are truly phenomenal!

DEEP CHEMICAL PEELS

Deep chemical peels are by far the strongest of all facial peels, and the chemical used is usually phenol acid. Deep peels are effective in the treatment of coarse, deep facial wrinkles, and the results from a deep chemical peel are long-lasting and dramatic. However, the procedure itself can take up to 2 hours, with a much longer associated downtime of up to 6 weeks. I personally do not advise deep peels as I feel there are other treatment modalities that can achieve similar results, but with less downtime and risk.

To find out more about chemical peels, you can visit my website page, or I’d be delighted to see you for a skin consultation at my clinic in Kings Road, Chelsea.

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