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What is a chemical peel?
Many skin imperfections are the result of sun damage, acne, ageing or a build up of dead skin cells that clog the pores making the skin appear dull, spotty, wrinkled, scarred and/or patchy.
Skin Peels are one of the most popular, non-invasive cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin and give the complexion a boost. Used on the face, neck, décolletage and hands, a chemical peel will leave your skin looking smoother, healthier, plumper and tighter.
A skin peel effectively reduces eliminates or helps to reduce many skin imperfections including:
- Post Acne Scarring
- Rough patches and dry, scaly skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun spots
- Irregular pigmentation
- Enlarged Pores
- Dark Circles
What are the benefits of chemical peels?
A skin peel removes multiple layers of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin which stimulates new cell growth and collagen production revealing healthy new cells underneath, resulting in a smoother, more youthful looking complexion.
- Smooth texture to the surface of the skin
- Reduction in break outs/ blemishes
- Rejuvenated & hydrated skin
- Improvement of skin strength & general condition
- Reduction of the signs of ageing
How do skin peels compare to other treatments?
A professional peel produces far superior results than a facial or regular at home exfoliation.
Gentle scrubs and cleansing brushes (Clarisonic being the most well known brand) are certainly an option for exfoliating your skin at home but are best thought of as an extra cleansing step to boost the results of your cleanser as they only deal with the very top, superficial layer of skin. Most of the unhealthy, built-up skin cells are beyond the reach of a scrub, so you can see how they can come up short. What’s even more concerning in the case of scrubs is that most have a rough, coarse, uneven texture that can cause tiny micro-tears in skin.
How do skin peels work?
Your skin naturally sheds millions of skin cells every day, but this shedding process can come to a screeching halt due to sun damage, genetics, or various skin disorders. The not-too-pretty results are unmistakable: dull, dry, or flaky skin; clogged, enlarged pores; blackheads; white bumps (milia); wrinkles; loss of firmness; and uneven skin tone.
When you finally gently get rid of the built up skin cells, you can unclog pores, stop breakouts, smooth wrinkles, and even make dry, dull skin a thing of the past! That’s where AHA (alpha hydroxy acid, such as glycolic and lactic acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy acid, also known as salicylic acid) exfoliants come into play.
Skin Peels use fruit acids such as Lactic, Mandelic, Glycolic and Salicylic acid which are all from natural derivatives.
The fruit acids in the peel solution penetrate into the deepest layer of the skin, the dermis.
The fruit acids then speed up the cell turnover which refreshes and promotes healthier, plumper skin cells. The action rejuvenates the skin. In addition the acids will help to un-clog pores, reduce inflammation and regulate excessive oil production.
What is the difference between a skin resurfacer and chemical peel?
Resurfacers and chemical peels are some of the most effective and impressive options in skincare today. These advanced treatments have the ability to not only treat skincare concerns but also inspire confidence.
Resurfacers are superficial exfoliating treatments, meaning that they work on the stratum corneum (very top layer of the skin). Resurfacers generally have no recovery time and can address several concerns through the use of enzymes and acids, which diligently work to refine and exfoliate.
Chemical peels have the ability to penetrate beyond the stratum corneum and into the mid to lower sections of the epidermis where resurfacing treatments cannot reach. As chemical peels are so active and deeply penetrating, they do require downtime and a commitment from you the client to follow your care instructions as provided by your skin therapist. Here at The Ivy Clinic, we always recommend having a course of skin resurfacers before building up to the stronger chemical peels we have available.
During a thorough initial skin assessment and consultation, our expert skin therapists will be able to advise you on which skin resurfacer/peel is right for your skin type and what kind of results you can expect.
What does the procedure involve?
We cleanse your skin to help the active ingredients penetrate. Skin resurfacers are applied to the skin for up to 10 minutes, depending on skin sensitivity, and then washed off. Chemical peels are applied to the skin and then left on, meaning that the active ingredients keep working within your skin long after your treatment. Relevant after care products such as SPF are always applied post treatment to protect the skin before you leave. Your skin resurfacer/peel treatment will take up to 45 mins.
The sensation of a skin resurfacer/peel will vary from person to person-this is due to skin tolerance, skin condition, severity of a skin complaint, strength of the peel and homecare products being used.
Most common feelings from skin peels are; tingling, warmth and tightness. These all mean the active ingredients are penetrating the lower layers of the skin and are working effectively for the maximum benefits. A skin resurfacer/peel should never hurt when performed by a trained professional. Here at The Ivy Clinic, our skin therapists have had extensive training with skin peels of all strengths and perform many of these treatments regularly.
Prior to any skin resurfacer/peel treatment you will be required to balance your skin for a required period of time using an Essential Starter skin kit, designed specifically to ensure that the skin is healthy and stable. Balancing the skin consists of gentle cleansing, providing hydration from the inside out which strengthens the skin's barrier, improving the natural functions of your skin cells and protecting the skin from damaging UV rays.
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Prior to any treatment, you will always be offered a free of charge skin consultation that will allow you to discuss your skin condition, treatment goals and expectations with one of our highly trained skin practitioners. Consultations are bespoke to each client and are all held in a private treatment room. If you choose to go ahead with the treatment you will be required to have a skin patch test which can usually be carried out immediately after the consultation.
In order to book a free consultation, either call us on 020 8977 8700, or use our online booking form.