Have you always felt perfect skin is out of reach? It doesn’t have to be. With a series of expertly applied peels, we can address and control common problems such as acne, discolouration, texture, and even lines and wrinkles, to reveal the radiance you always knew was there.
A superficial peel will revitalise and renew your skin. Regular applications will even out your complexion, reduce blemishes and keep acne under control, as well as decrease fine lines and wrinkles.
There’s little to no downtime and you’ll immediately look more glowing, dewy and refreshed. We may use a product such as Radiance Peel by Alumier to lightly exfoliate your skin, removing dead cells from the surface and stimulating production of collagen for a more youthful, healthier-looking complexion. We usually recommend a course of six peels, delivered over a four to six week period.
For deeper results and longer-lasting skin beauty, a medium-depth peel will regenerate your skin on multiple levels. Penetrating deep into the dermis, it can remove years of damage, decrease discolouration from acne, melasma and hyperpigmentation, and brighten up your complexion.
We use products such as Perfect Peel by Medica Forte, which can be performed once a month for specific skin complaints, or at six to twelve month intervals for ongoing maintenance. You can normally expect around seven days of social downtime.
If you have significant pigmentation or very damaged skin, we may recommend a product like ZO® Blue Peel with homecare. This is a deeper peel that has been proven to transform even the most challenging skin conditions.
Chemical peels have been used for many years and their use dates back to the ancient Egyptians who would use sour milk (containing lactic acid). Poultices containing mustard, sulphur and limestone were used by the Greeks and Romans.
Peels are classified by their depth of action into three types – superficial, medium and deep.
At TLC, we use the following peels:
A product is applied to the skin with the aim of stimulating new skin growth, as well as improving surface texture and appearance. It also reduces pore size, acne, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Many chemical peels are vegan however it depends on the specific brand as to whether they contain any animal products or not.
Sure! At TLC we see many men who enjoy the benefits of chemical peels alongside their regular skincare routine! As well as all the other benefits, they’re a great way of minimising in-growing hairs in the shaving area of the face.
To give our skin a boost. The superficial peels are great for giving a glow to the skin (there is even a peel called The Glow Peel), improving acne, pigmentation and generally improving the texture and tone. Medium depth peels are great for areas of hyperpigmentation, such as those caused by acne scarring, or if you have a number of areas of brown spots and pigmentation due to sun damage. They can even help to smooth out the skin slightly in the case of mild scarring on the face, and sometimes on the body too.
Yes absolutely! The rate of skin turnover begins to dramatically slow in our late 20s and by having superficial peels such as glycolic and lactic acid this will help to stimulate new cell turnover and exfoliate dead cells.
This is a great question, because now you can use potent topicals at home which can also give a very good result if used consistently. In the clinic, we’re able to go that step further. For example, we can peel to lower levels of the skin than you would ever be able to do at home. However, using a peel should always be secondary to great home care. These creams and lotions are a great adjunct to use alongside a professional peel system as they will maintain the condition of your skin in between professional treatments. It’s advisable to exercise caution if applying a professional strength peel at home as it can cause irreparable damage to the skin such as scarring or hypo or hyperpigmentation, and of course misses out the essential pre and post case stages from the procedure.
You can pretty much peel anywhere on the body. The most common area to treat is the face, however many people peel their back to improve acne, chest to improve acne or sun damage, hands or neck for sun damage. Some people peel their feet to reduce rough texture or elbows and knees to reduce pigmentation. There are special types of peels which are suitable for use in the genital or anal area to lighten the skin colour.
A peel will have no effect on removing red blood vessels from the face or reduce the size of enlarged pores. It also won’t really do much for scars. Chemical peels are versatile, yet they can’t replace your skincare routine at home. Melasma in particular is a difficult-to-treat condition, and it may be more appropriate to use homecare rather than a chemical peel. Acne may also require more intervention than a chemical peel.
First, we decide what peel is right for you depending on your skin concerns. For example, if you have acne, we might use one containing salicylic acid, or if pigmentation is a concern then we may use mandelic acid. Some people may benefit from a medium depth chemical peel rather than a superficial one, especially if they have a lot of brown superficial pigmentation. It’s important that you also use the correct skincare before you use a chemical peel, in order to maximise results. Not using the right skincare is like only brushing your teeth when you see the hygienist, and doing nothing more than this at home… The product is painted on to clean skin. Some peels need to be neutralised, some don’t. It’s better not to wear makeup after the peel, and, in some cases, you’ll be asked not to wash your face until the next day. You can apply some surgical foundation the same day as the peel, but you may not be able to wash it off until the following day. Some peels come with specific skincare which you take home with you, and it’s important to follow these instructions to maximise the outcome.
It’s helpful if you don’t wear any makeup when you come in for the procedure – but don’t worry, we can take it off for you if needs be. Make sure that you have the appropriate skincare at home for use after the procedure. If you have an important event coming up, you should schedule your treatment to make sure you have an appropriate amount of time between the procedure and your event. Please also bear in mind that you may need to carry out weeks or months of homecare in order to get the best results from your peel – so please plan ahead!
This depends on many factors, including your pre-existing skin condition and your skin type. For those with more reactive skins, which are more prone to hyperpigmentation and melasma, it will be necessary to undergo a period of 6-18 weeks of pre-peel homecare to ensure there’s less risk of developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as a consequence of the procedure. For all skin types, the peel will penetrate in a more even fashion if pre-procedure care is carried out using retinol and vitamin C. The post-procedure care depends on the exact peel used, as some will come with specific home care. Written instructions will be provided after treatment, so you know how to optimally take care of your skin.
Usually no check-up is necessary with chemical peels, although for the best results you would have regular appointments in order to maintain your results.
Sensation depends on the type of peel used. Some peels give a mild tingling feeling on the skin which lasts for a few moments; in other cases, it can be more intense – but in all cases this feeling subsides quickly. Medium depth chemical peels are often thought to be more painful, but some of the medium depth peels we use contain a small amount of phenol which anaesthetises the surface of the skin and makes it an extremely comfortable procedure.
For the most invasive chemical peels, such as the Obagi Controlled Depth Peel, we sometimes use a local anaesthetic; however, this peel is not one of our favourite peels due to the length of downtime and nature of the treatment.
You can wear sterile surgical makeup following your peel, but please be aware that you may not be able to remove it until the next day, as you may be asked to leave the peel on your skin overnight. It’s fine to sleep in this makeup.
With a superficial peel you will quickly see an improvement in the texture of the skin over the next day or so but remember you will need a course of these treatments for the best results. A medium depth peel will take around seven to ten days to show the best results.
Occasionally after a chemical peel, there can be some swelling, particularly with medium depth peels.
Many people like to return straight to work after a superficial chemical peel; however, in most cases, you won’t be able to apply your regular makeup until the following day. For a deeper peel due to the colour of the peel it is better not to return to work afterwards.
Definitely with a medium depth peel! You should expect five to seven days of shedding and peeling on the face, and the skin can be sensitive for a week or so after shedding has completed. This normally starts at around day three and immediately before that the face will feel tight. There may be a small amount of shedding and flaking with a superficial peel, but this all depends on the product used, the pre-existing quality of the skin, and the skincare regime.
This treatment is not recommended during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.
For superficial peels, you can have them as often as every two weeks if treating a specific skin concern. Medium depth peels can be used as often as every month, again if treating a specific skin concern. The actual frequency will depend on the reason for treatment, and other factors such as homecare – and how frequently you’d be able to have treatment.
This depends on many factors. Generally with a superficial peel, if you are doing this for a specific indication, you would do one every two to four weeks for six applications. However, you can do one at longer intervals than this – for example, if you wish to combine it with another treatment. Following the course, you can do one every three to six months to keep on top of things, depending on your skin’s response. For medium depth peels, you can do these as often as every month if you are treating a specific issue, such as hyperpigmentation after acne scarring on the back, for example, but it’s more common to use them less frequently, say around every six to twelve months.
Whilst complications are rare, they can and do happen. This can range from more shedding than anticipated from a superficial peel, to in the worst case scenario, hyper- or hypo- pigmentation.
We don’t treat anyone under the age of 18.
A superficial peel will slightly reduce the signs of ageing, and results are minimal unless used in cycles. This is safer as there’s less downtime, and more peels can be use in a shorter amount of time. It typically takes a few sessions to start noticing a difference. Medium depth peels are good at reducing signs of sun damage and fine lines, but have more risk and more downtime. These peels can also be layered to make the peel penetrate more deeply into the skin. The best approach is to start with a lower strength peel, and be consistent with applications.
It’s important that your skincare regimen is up to scratch before having a peel, as this will help the peel to penetrate more evenly into the skin. Peeling is no substitute for good skincare, and this should always be optimised prior to peeling.
Please note that you are paying for the treatment only and no guarantee is made of any outcome. Refunds cannot be given under any circumstances, as the product has been used and the service has been delivered.