Chemical Peels

Luminising peels reboot your growth

The centuries-old art of applying chemical peels, which ripple with a variety of active ingredients, equates to exceptional exfoliation – resurfacing and refreshing skin for a next-level glow.

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Dr Sarah Tonks says...

“Chemical peels are great for anyone looking to invest in their skin, particularly those who haven’t achieved the kind of glow they’d like to date with other treatments. They’re an excellent starting point for people wanting to kick-start a new phase in their skin health.”

What are they and how do they work?

Chemical peels involve applying an acid-based liquid solution to the skin to sweep away its top layers, kick-starting the regenerative healing process. Smoother skin emerges, delivering a radiant look of natural vitality.

 

An excellent way to address common skincare concerns, such as acne and hyperpigmentation (discolouration), alongside textural issues including fine lines, subtle scars, sun damage, wrinkles, enlarged pores and dullness, our chemical peels have the capacity to refine and regenerate the skin in a way that at-home versions are unable to match. All peels come with the added bonus of stimulating collagen and elastin production – fortifying the skin and slowing the key signs of ageing.

 

At TLC, we use a variety of acid intensities and combinations to treat different types of skin and conditions: ‘superficial’ peels which generally don’t involve shedding, allowing a near-instant recovery; ‘intermediate’ peels for a deeper regenerative dive; and ‘medium depth’ peels for maximum resurfacing.

 

Key products especially relevant to pigmentation include:

 

PRX T33® ‘No Peel’ Peel – a light peel or ‘bio-revitalising’ product that’s quickly gaining cult status thanks to its ‘no-peeling mean downtime’ credentials. Servicing everything from scarring to pigmentation while boosting hydration, it contains a high (33%) concentration of TCA (trichloracetic acid); fungi-based, melanin-inhibiting kojic acid and a low dose hydrogen peroxide, which helps protect skin tissue and carries the TCA to lower layers of the skin – enhancing the effectiveness of growth and repair at a cellular level.

The SkinBetter Science® AlphaRet® Peel – a superficial peel, ideal for rejuvenation and resurfacing body and face, that riffs on the ultra-popular AlphaRet® Overnight Serum that contains lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicyclic acid, and the proprietary AlphaRet® molecule.

 

The Perfect Peel® Superblend a ‘hybrid’ (superficial to medium-depth peel) also for the body and face which can be administered by a therapist, The Perfect Peel® Superblend contains kojic acid, azelaic acid, TCA, retinol, salicyclic acid, lactic acid, resorcinol (antioxidant), mandelic acid, vitamin C and glutathione. Patients receive a small at-home kit of post-peel serum and a healing moisturiser.

 

The Perfect Peel® – a medium depth facial peel suitable for any skin type (including black skin) which combines kojic acid TCA (short for trichloroacetic acid), retinoic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, arbutin (against pigmentation), azelaic acid, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, tranexamic acid, glutathione and vitamin C. Available only in consultation with a doctor or nurse, it comes with sachets of retinol to be applied two days after the in-clinic peel, and a special The Perfect Peel® moisturiser. 

Which body parts are they designed for?​

Chemical Peels are most commonly used on the face but can actually be used with great success almost anywhere on the body. This includes the back, and even the outer labia and anal areas, where the therapy is often used to reduce darkness.

Who are they primarily good for?

The longevity of a chemical peel’s results depends on several factors, most significantly the strength used. A light or superficial peel will usually be repeated between six and eight weeks; deeper peels generate longer-lasting results. Our TLC experts will advise according to the treatment performed.

 

For superficial peels, patients can expect almost no downtime, and some versions are used as preparation for an event, to deliver a ‘red carpet glow’. For intermediate iterations, you may anticipate mild shedding for four to seven days (though it’s often less than this), while medium peels typically involve an exfoliation period of up to two weeks. Aside some redness, patients don’t usually experience any discomfort during this time.

 

Please note that all treatment responses and recovery times are dependent on the individual patient.

How long will they last for and what’s the downtime?

Advanced muscle-relaxing injectables are renowned for their lack of any downtime and typically last three to four months (six for those focused on the sweat glands).
However, please note that all treatment responses and recovery times are dependent on the individual patient.

What other treatments do they work well with?

What else should I know?

Chemical peels are most effective when embraced as part of a regular, ongoing skincare regimen.

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CHEMICAL PEELS ARE AN EXCELLENT WAY TO ADDRESS COMMON SKINCARE CONCERNS, INCLUDING ACNE AND HYPERPIGMENTATION (DISCOLOURATION), ALONGSIDE TEXTURAL ISSUES SUCH AS FINE LINES, SUBTLE SCARS, SUN DAMAGE, WRINKLES, ENLARGED PORES AND DULLNESS.

FAQS

Here are a few final things that you might like to know before taking things forward. If you have any other questions we haven’t thought of yet, no problem! Please email us at hello@thelovelyclinic.co.uk and one of the team will get back to you as quickly as they possibly can.

Does it hurt?

Discomfort during chemical peels depends on the type and intensity of the peel used. This can equate to a momentary mild tingling feeling, or something marginally more intense, but these sensations typically subside quickly. Our medium depth peel contains a small amount of phenol (an aromatic organic compound), which anaesthetises the skin surface to create a much more comfortable experience.

When does it start to work?

With all peels, you’ll see an improvement in the texture of the skin within days, but, depending on the peel type, it may take up to two weeks for the full impact of the treatment to be entirely visible. For superficial peels, you’ll need a course of treatment for the best results.

What can go wrong?

Adverse effects can include more shedding than anticipated, hyper or hypopigmentation (patches of skin that are lighter than your overall skin tone).

DO I NEED TO USE SPECIFIC SKINCARE BEFORE TREATMENT?

Preparatory skincare depends on the skin itself, with more being required for people with darker complexion (these patients will need to use a pre-peel homecare to minimise the risk of developing post inflammatory hyperpigmentation). Aftercare also depends on the individual’s skin and the peel used, but, but all peels are far more effective if you commit to a strong skincare regimen.

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