The use of chemical skin peels to soften and improve the appearance of the skin, dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Little did they know that they were benefiting from the superficial skin peeling effects of hydroxy acids – lactic acid in the milk they were bathing in and tartaric acid in the grape skins they rubbed on their skin.
Today, scientists have identified numerous forms of acid which can be used to induce beneficial changes for our skin, including salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol.
Case Study – Jenny’s Peel
AM treatment morningWhen the first peel went on I felt nothing, when the second peel went on it felt like a deep moisturising maskThe face felt tacky all day, slightly orange in colour
Day 1 (night)
I decided to keep the peel on and apply the first night wipe over the top as I thought my skin could take itI applied at 10PM and until about 3AM it felt like my skin was tingling with sun burn, enough to keep me awake, as soon as it died down i was able to sleep
Learning for next time- would probably apply at about 6PM to ensure I could sleep as normal
Morning – face looked a little bit red, had a shower and washed my face with waterMy face burned for a couple of hours, remained red for the rest of the day as if I had mild sun burn
Night- applied second night wipe and it felt normal not like the previous night
Had shower washed face with water and started to notice th edge of my nose and my chin and lower cheeks starting to peel lightly then more heavily during the day
Face continued peeling more, started peeling all over the cheeks and side temples, red blotches appeared on top of my cheeks my sensitive zone
Finally my forehead started peeling, the remainder of the face having completed its peel
Decolletage was the last to peel, only lightly peeled
I am 50 years old mother of three grown up children living in Hertfordshire. I work in a position where my appearance has always been very important.
Earlier in my life I suffered from adult acne which left me with some skin damage exacerbated by sun and antibiotics. My skin specialist Dr Ravi Ratanavel recommended Clare to me and I have been seeing her for over ten years.
I have always been impressed by Clare’s friendly professionalism and she has always put me at ease, especially in the early days when I was unsure of the processes. My initial course of derma abrasion and chemical skin peel produced superb results and I now have a smoother and more even skin tone.
I have since had a consultation and wrinkle relaxing treatments to smooth my deep frown lines and fillers to soften a few lines.
Now that Clare has moved to a new location I shall keep following. I don’t see me changing to anyone else in the future. I will always recommend Clare as I know she is very professional and my history will be kept secret.
Chemical peeling (chemexfoliation) involves the application of a chemical solution to the surface of the skin to produce the careful removal of its outer layers. The amount of skin removed will depend on the type of chemical used, the strength of the product (superficial, medium depth and deep) and how long it is left on the skin.
Skin peels can be used on most areas of the body, but are commonly used on the face or the backs of the hands to improve rough skin texture; fine lines and wrinkles; age spots; sun damage; blemishes; scars or acne; and actinic keratosis (precancerous skin growth).
Private costs for chemical skin peels depend upon the type of peel and problem being treated and this will be discussed during your consultation.
For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions