What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical Peels are a procedure which involves the application of one or more chemicals on the skin, producing an acceleration of cell turnover.

The immediate effect is skin deep skin exfoliation, usually visible, and a delayed effect is skin regeneration with repairing of the epidermis and dermal matrix (formation of new collagen) which improves certain aesthetic defects such as acne spots & scars, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pigmentation.

Chemical Peels can be done in any season, in any type of skin anywhere on the body (with a suitable choice of peeling), they are quick and easy, painless in most cases and result in a smoother, brighter, younger looking skin.

Chemical peels are liquids brushed on to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. The aim of this cosmetic procedure is to improve the appearance of the skin – reducing age spots/hyperpigmentation or evening out skin tone or scarring. There are 3 types of peel – superficial, medium and deep.

Superficial peels

Skin cells removed from the top layer of skin (epidermis) left on the skin for a few minutes, skin may feel tight for a couple of hours afterwards, regular treatment needed to maintain the effects, and a course of 6 is usually recommended.

Medium peels

Skin cells removed from the top and middle layers of skin, left on the skin for a few minutes, a burning or stinging sensation may be felt when the peel is applied, skin may go brown or red in the days afterwards, it can take up to six weeks for the skin to return to normal, treatment is needed every 6 to 12 months to maintain the effects.

Deep peels

Affect deeper layers of skin, a local anaesthetic and sedative may be needed, a freezing sensation may be felt when the peel is applied, can be left on the face for 30 minutes or more, depending on the desired effect, your heart and blood pressure need to be monitored, expect some peeling, redness and discomfort for a few days, swelling can last up to two weeks, skin redness can last up to three months, often results in lightening of the skin, so may not be suitable for darker skin, it’s a one-off treatment with lasting effects, so doesn’t usually need to be repeated.

You may experience a slight tingly and warm sensation during treatment but will be monitored throughout.

Fitzpatrick Skin Type scale will enable us to determine which type of treatment is best for you.

Skin Type 1 – Light, pale white tone. Always burns and never tans.

Skin Type 2 – White, fair tone. Usually burns, tans with difficulty.

Skin Type 3 – Medium, white to olive tone. Mild burn possible, gradually tans to olive.

Skin Type 4 – Olive, moderate to brown tone. Rarely burns, tans with ease to a moderate brown.

Skin Type 5 – Brown, dark brown tone. Very rarely burns, tans very easily.

Skin Type 6 – Black, very dark brown to black tone. Never burns, tans very easily, deeply pigmented.


Acne peels typically contain salicylic acid which targets acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid has comedolytic, keratolytic, sebum-regulating, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and astringent properties.


Pigmentation peels typically contain ferulic acid which has antioxidant properties: it protects the skin from free radical aggression, inhibits and neutralizes their action and enhances the effects of vitamins C and E. Recommendations will be given to control tyrosinase activity, preventing, and lightening unwanted pigmentations.


Anti-wrinkle peels typically contain Retinol. Retinol is a retinoid precursor of retinoic acid. It accelerates mitosis, increases enzymatic activity and normalizes keratinization. It nourishes,, prevents the appearance of new wrinkles, reduces the depth of existing wrinkles and increases the skin’s elasticity.

Uneven Skin Tone

Uneven skin tone peels typically contain mandelic acid. This is specially recommended for sensitive skin or skin that is intolerant to other alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Mandelic acid, also known as amygdalic acid or 2-phenylglyoxylic acid, is an AHA derived from the hydrolysis of bitter almond extract.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are chemical peels painful?

You may experience a slight tingly and warm sensation during treatment but will be monitored throughout.

Are peels safe?

Peels when used professionally are safe and undergo strict testing on all skin types and conditions.

How long do chemical peels take to work?

Some peels may cause light swelling or peeling of the skin for a few days after the treatment. After the first treatment and following correct home care advice you will notice improvements.

Depending on your skin condition, further treatments will achieve your desired results.

Treatment Pricing

You should expect most chemical peel treatments to vary in price. Treatment times, expectations sessions and prices vary, dependant largely upon the condition, the recommended serums, home care, techniques and the number of sessions involved.

Book in for a full skin analysis from £40 – treat, test and discuss treatment options. This is an-depth consultation to include current product and makeup routines, we will also patch test various treatments; needling, peels, to test suitability. This analysis will include a double cleanse and application of sunscreen post treatment.

We work closely with medical doctors and laser therapy specialist for referrals or blended treatments where necessary.

Our aim is to get your number one skin issue dealt with in the quickest possible time.

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