Chemical skin peels are a non-invasive treatment that gently exfoliates the skin to improve its texture and feel. Chemical peels are designed to shed several layers of damaged skin cells to reveal new layers of fresh skin.
A chemical skin peel involves applying a substance to the skin to cause even shedding, or ‘exfoliation’ of a layer of dead or damaged skin cells. The substance involved is acidic, and this acidity varies in strength between different products.
The acidic peel causes exfoliation of the outermost layer of dead skin cells. By removing these in a controlled and even way, new skin cell growth is stimulated. As this then occurs simultaneously across the face, the skin is then able to rejuvenate.
Skin peels are commonly used to treat oily skin, blocked pores (known as comedones) and acne. They are also used to treat uneven pigmentation, sun damaged skin, age spots and shallow acne scarring.
The effect of the peel is generally visible within 24 hours of application, although the full effect of the peel depends on the type used.
Yes, treatments can be repeatedly safely.
There is a wide range of options available, and selection depends on an individual’s skin type, concerns and the outcome desired.