Interested in a chemical peel but not sure which one would work?
Follow Dr Kim's Easy Guide Below.
I have big pores and poor skin quality, I work so cant afford any heavy peeling.
A superficial chemical peel such as a Neostrata 25% or 35% peel would be ideal. Minimal shedding with effective results. Repeat treatments are needed.
I have acne scarring and want to try and improve this.
Acne scars are deep scars and require deep peels with shedding. A combination of peels and micro needling can help improve the scars.
A deep peel such as a TCA peel is ideal.
I spent a lot of time in the sun and have big colour spots on my face.
Sun damage causes excess pigment to be produced and a combination of skincare and deep chemical peels can help. Book a consultation to discuss the options.
I have dark skin but have acne scars, could I have a peel?
Micro needling and skin care products would work well here. Book a consultation with Dr Kim to discuss the options.
I have older skin and want something to improve my lines and texture.
The skin produces less collagen and elastin as we age but regular peels can help improve this. A Neostrata Retinol Peel would be ideal.
I have an event and would like to have radiant looking skin.
The Obagi Radiance Peel is ideal for this. Minimal peeling but beautiful, radiant skin just in time for the event.
Superficial Glycolic Chemical Peels
What is it?
Glycolic chemical peels apply glycolic acid (sugar based) to the skin to speed shedding of the old skin, replacing it with new, rejuvenated skin with more collagen.
How are chemical peels different from each other?
There are different chemical peel solutions such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which affect different skin depths and produce different effects.
How do Superficial, Medium and Deep Chemical Peels differ?
The deeper peels penetrate the lower levels of the skin and cause more shedding than superficial peels.
How long will I peel for?
Every patient is different. Some patient’s peel excessively whilst others hardly peel at all. Some are done in 5 days while others only start peeling after 10 days. This is extremely variable.
How many Peels will I need?
A series of 3-4 treatments are needed for effective treatment, followed by regular maintenance if recommended. I will be able to give more details after I have assessed your skin concerns.
What will a facial peel cost?
Is an SPF mandatory?
Yes! If you cant see yourself wearing an SPF of 50 after the peel then chemical peels are not for you!
Can I wear makeup after a chemical peel?
Immediately after the chemical peel you should not wear make up for 12 hours.
Will one peel work?
One chemical peel may not give the results you are looking for, but regular treatment will be more effective.
Who can’t be treated?
pregnant and breastfeeding
very dark skin as this can result in mismatched skin colour between your face and body
allergic reactions to chemical peels
Will the Chemical Peel be painful?
The superficial chemical peels are not painful whilst the deep chemical peels can give a prickly sensation.
Deep TCA Peels
What is a TCA Peel?
TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid and is a deep type of chemical peel that reaches the deeper layers of the skin in order to treat conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation and scarring.
Results will still take several months to appear as the several skin cycles are required to see noticable change.
For more information watch the attached video to see the results of a TCA peel.
Should I prepare for a TCA chemical peel?
Preparing for your skin with the correct creams and washes before having a deep peel can make your skin healthier and more receptive to a deep peel, ultimately giving you a better result.
These creams and washes will also need to be used after the peel to maintain the results of the peel and keep the skin in good condition.
What should you do after a peel procedure?
It is very important that you carefully follow the advice given by your practitioner following a peel to help improve the benefit of the procedure and reduce the risk of complications or side effects. This includes:
Don’t pick off any dead/peeling skin as this may cause bleeding, discoloration, or mild scarring.
Not exposing yourself to the sun without a sunscreen for at least 6 weeks after treatment
Avoiding scratching or picking at the skin to reduce the chances of scarring.
Contact your practitioner immediately if you are concerned about anything.
Who should not have a chemical peel?
If you have a history of keloid scars (raised scars that grow out beyond the original injury).
If you have facial warts or any current facial infection.
Summary of risks from medical skin peels
Peels are a commonly used form of skin rejuvenation and the vast majority are carried out with nocomplications. Adverse effects from TCA skin peel are extremely rare.
Burning sensation and stinging
Redness - can last for a few weeks
Peeling - it is important that you do not pick at or peel off the skin sensitive skin after the peel
Infection in the skin or an out-break of cold sores. Mild transient swelling of the face
NeoStrata Retinol Peel
This peel contains 3% Retinol plus Retinol Boosting Complex™ to exfoliate and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, help reduce acne, and improve skin laxity while promoting a bright, even and clear complexion.
Ideal as a cosmetic procedure for aging skin, acne and photodamage, the peel contains an innovative blend of scientifically proven ingredients to complement the 3% Retinol:
NeoCitriate® – Targets collagen for antiaging smoothing effects
Aminofil® – A novel amino acid derivative that helps enhance collagen and hyaluronic acid to smooth lines and wrinkles
Bisabolol – A botanical derived from chamomile that helps calm skin
Vitamin E – Gives skin an antioxidant boost and protects from free radicals
The peel is applied in-office and washed off at home after eight hours or after overnight wear.
The peel does not discolor skin, but patients can expect moderate flaking for three to five days as old, dull layers of skin are shed. This peel can be repeated once a month for ongoing results.
The retinol peel retails at £100 and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Here are some photos of the peel as it progresses on Day 2 and 3 after the peel.
Obagi Blue Peel Radiance
The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is a light peel that gives light exfoliation while giving the skin a significant glow. This peel is perfect if you have an event to attend and want a quick easy treatment to improve the skin. The peel takes about 30 minutes and involves cleansing after which the peel solution will then be applied and up to 2 coats may be needed. The peel solution will only remain on the face for a maximum of 12 minutes. You will experience some mild stinging and burning sensation which quickly subsides. For best results it is recommended that you have 4-6 peels at 2 weekly intervals.
Benefits of Obagi blue peel radiance
Radiant, tighter, smoother, brighter skin
Overall improvement in texture and tone
Contraindications to treatment
Allergic to aspirin
Active skin infections, cold sores, warts or dermatitis
Sunburn to the skin to be treated,
History of radiation therapy
Used vitamin A tablets in the past 12 months
Excessively sensitive skin
Recovery time following the Obagi Blue peel Radiance
Day 1 – skin may feel tight
Day 2 - 3 – minimal areas of dry flaky skin