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A 'Chemical Peel' is a cosmetic technique used to resurface, and improve the appearance of the skin using a special, chemical solution. Although most often used to treat the face, Chemical Peels may also be used to treat skin on the arms, legs, hands, neck, back and buttocks.
Next-to muscle-relaxing injections, Chemical Peels are perhaps the most common non-invasive procedure available, offering patients an incredible complexion boost by stripping away the skin's damaged, superficial layer and revealing a newer, fresher layer of skin beneath.
How does the chemical peel work?
Chemical Peels range from the mild (the glycolic or salicylic) to the deep (a high strength TCA) and are achieved by applying a special, acidic irritant directly to the skin. This helps to buff away the damaged skin on the surface and allows new, fresh skin to form. The chemical solution reacts with the epidermis in such a way that it creates a superficial wound which the body then endeavours to heal by stimulating cell regrowth.
Beforehand, we will cleanse the skin. Chemical agents will then be applied to the skin, then left for a few minutes to start breaking down the epidermis layer. During this time, patients may experience some slight stinging or a mild sensation of heat. We will then remove the solution, and soothe the treated area with a cold compress.
What does it do?
Chemical Peels are fantastically restorative and are especially popular amongst those seeking relief from serious skin complaints such as acne or hyperpigmentation. Many will also opt for a Chemical Peel when in search of special skin radiance for an important occasion or event.
Pending your choice of peel, you can expect to see improvements in everything from skin clarity to oil-control and scarring. They are also known for dramatically reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, sun damage, age spots, pigmentation and melasma.