Bright & Clear
Chemical Peels FAQs
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels use fruit acids to chemically exfoliate the upper layers of skin. It is the build up of dead skin cells that can make the skin appear dull, hyperpigmented, congested and aged.
We use the Neostrata ProSytem which utilises three different alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs);
in clinically effective concentrations, to treat a wide range of conditions.
What improvements can I expect from chemical peels?
It is important to have realistic expectations in regard to what a series of peels can accomplish. In general people see
diminished appearance of fine lines/wrinkles
evening of skin tone and lightened discolourations
diminished appearance of pore size
Improved skin tone and texture
reduced appearance of blemishes from acne
softening of shallow scars
skin glow and radiance.
How quickly can I see results from peels?
Chemical peels give the best results when done as a course of 4-6, with peels done roughly 4 weeks apart.
Most clients see benefits after the first 1-3 peels.
Where can I have a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels can be performed on the face, hands, chest and decolletage, shoulders, back, neck and feet.
Can anyone have a Chemical Peel?
Pregnant or nursing women should not have chemical peels. If you are taking an oral retinoid, you must stop for at least 6 months before undergoing a chemical peel. If you are using topical retinoids, please stop 2 weeks before your chemical peel.
The following conditions should be discussed with Dr Dara before undergoing a chemical peel:
History of cold sores
Recent tanning or sunburn
The use of immunosuppressant medications
Recent hair removal
Recent cosmetic procedure eg microdermabrasion, laser or light therapies.
What will I experience during the chemical peel?
During a chemical peel is its common to experience slight discomfort including stinging, burning,itching or tingling. During the neutralisation process, you may experience a warming sensation. This sensation will gradually disappear within in the next minutes to hours.
What will my skin look like after the chemical peel?
Initially your skin may be red and sensitive. Some patients experience stinging or itching, tightness, or peeling of the superficial layer of the skin. This is normal and expected. Your skin may feel rough in the days after a peel due to enhanced exfoliation.
It is important to note that you do not have to see visible flaking to achieve the desired result.
What should I do after a chemical peel?
Your skin will be especially sensitive to sunlight and other sources of UV radiation ( tanning beds).
Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen for 2 weeks after your treatment, to reduce the chance of pigmentation.
Do not peel, scrape, scratch or rub the skin after a peel. This includes the use of exfoliating brushes. These actions increase the chance of scarring.
If your skin is sensitive, avoid make up until skin has returned to normal.
Gently cleanse your skin with water only for the first 48 hours after a peel. Once your skin is no longer sensitive you can return to your normal skincare regimen.
What are the possible side-effects of a chemical peel?
It is normal to experience redness, stinging, tightness, minor swelling and peeling of the superficial layer of the skin. These sensations usually diminish within a week.
On rare occasions, with deeper peels clients my experience blisters and visible peeling. Chemical peels can also cause peri oral dermatitis, trigger an acne flare or cold sore outbreak. If you regularly experience cold sores, please let Dr Dara know, as antiviral medication can reduce the likelihood of a further outbreak.
Hyperpigmentation or hypo pigmentation can be experienced by some patients after a superficial peel. If left untreated the skin usually returns to its natural colour. Hyperpigmentation can be reduced using topical skin lightening agents, avoiding sun exposure and using sunblock. Hypopigmentation responses can take longer to resolve and may be permanent.
What is the cost of a chemical peel?
One chemical peel = £75
Course of 3 chemical peels £200
Course of 6 chemical peels = £360
By exfoliating the upper layers of skin, chemical peels can help to improve an uneven skin tone.
Chemical peels removed dead skin cells which clog pores and contribute to acne.
Chemical peels combine exfoliation and collagen stimulation to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.