The procedure known as chemical peeling 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 this product and how long it is left on the skin. Chemical peels are usually described according to how deep they work on the skin.
Chemical peels at the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic can be used on most areas of the body, but the most common use is to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, or on the backs of the hands. We are able to treat a variety of skin complaints by applying a chemical solution which causes the skin to gently peel off, making way for new, healthy skin to shine through:
- Dull, ageing skin
- Sun damage
- Acne and oily skin
- Acne Scars
- Melasma and pigmentation
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun/age spots and freckles
- Uneven skin, enlarged pores and blackheads
You may be placed on a home care program for at least 2-3 weeks prior to your first chemical peel. The home care program will consist of a selection of products, which will introduce your skin to the program. This plays an important part in the overall chemical peel procedure, as continuous home care programs are important in the success of your peels. A factor 30 sun cream is always advised in the home care program.
Types of Chemical Peels
Chemical Peels can be classified as either superficial peels or medium depth peels depending on the chemical solution applied to the skin surface. They both remove the outer layers of the skin, but do so to variable depths. Our team of experienced medical skin experts in Canterbury, led by our Consultant Dermatologist, will advise on which type of chemical peel would benefit you most, as well as how many peels you would require, which is dependent upon the condition you are being treated for. No matter how deep the peel, your skin will re-grow and should heal fully. If you choose to have a deeper peel – maybe to get rid of wrinkles or acne scars – when the skin re-grows, it will not “remember” the blemishes that were there before. As the new skin develops, a new band of collagen in the dermis will grow along with a thicker epidermis. Hence, your skin will appear smoother and more perfect than before the treatment. The deeper the peel, the greater potential for improvement to the skin. However, the risks of side effects are greater with deeper peels.
Superficial Chemical Peels
Superficial chemical peels at the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, Kent, are performed by our qualified therapists and work by removing the outer layer of the skin, the epidermal layers. They are helpful in reducing oiliness, unblocking pores, reducing blackheads, and freshening dull, sun-damaged skin. Typically, a series of at least three to six superficial peels are needed to treat ageing skin and acne scars. Most people experience mild facial redness and occasional swelling, but this usually fades and disappears within 48 hours.
Medium Depth Chemical Peels
Medium depth peels at the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, Kent, are performed by our medical skin specialists. They are effective in helping to reduce the appearance of acne scars, age spots, pigmentation, and superficial fine lines and wrinkles. For deeper scars and more pronounced lines and wrinkles more than one peel may be required. Medium peels typically result in intense redness and swelling, which can take between five and ten days to calm down and disappear.
Deep peels have been largely superseded since the advent of the fractional resurfacing laser. These peels work by extending deeper into the lower dermal layer of the skin, therefore there is significant downtime for recovery.
If you would like to speak to us, fill in the form or call us on 01227 472288.
Why choose Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic?
Here at Kent's leading private skin and laser clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are one of the few skin clinics in the UK where all medical consultations and treatments are provided by specialist doctors with Dermatology experience and laser training.
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association, the British Hair and Nail Society, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and is certified by the Consulting Room. We have won many awards including the WhatClinic Patient Service Award in 2019 and the ghp Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2019.