What is a chemical peel?
Also known as chemexfoliation, a chemical peel involves applying a chemical solution to the skin in order to deeply exfoliate the skin. There are different strengths which reach different layers of the skin, from the outer layer all the way down to the lower dermal layer. The procedure treats acne scars, wrinkles and improves the texture and tone.
What types of chemical peel are available?
Superficial peels uses hydroxy acid to remove the epidermal layers of the skin, or only the outer layer. This treatment is the least harsh peel with effects that last a few weeks.
Medium depth peels
Medium depth peels go one further than a superficial peel and removes both the epidermal and upper dermal layers of the skin, naturally using a stronger chemical solution to do so. This uses trichloroacetic acid at a strength of 30 – 40%. The effects last 6 – 12 months.
The strongest chemical peel, going all the way into the lower dermal layer of the skin. This treatment has the most potential to improve your skin, using the strongest solution of TCA. Being the most substantial treatment, the effects of a deep peel are permanent.
Is a chemical peel for you?
Before choosing to have a chemical peel you need to consider:
- Do you have darkly pigmented or freckled skin?
- Have abnormal skin pigmentation?
- Do you have a history of keloid problems?
- Have you used anti-acne treatments in the last year?
- Are you in good health?
- Why do you want a chemical peel?
Consult an expert to see if you qualify for the treatment. Skin pigmentation usually means you shouldn’t have a chemical peel due to the risk of bleaching.
Typical cost of a chemical peel
- Superficial Peel: £60
- Mild Peel: £500
- Deep Peel: £2,200
Risks & side effects
- Skin infection