About Skin Peels
Medically reviewed by The Harley Medical Group Clinical Governance Board, Chaired by Simon Smith (Medical Director & Consultant Surgeon) on 6th March 2020.
We all know that skin peels can be great to treat a range of conditions including acne, sun damage, pigmentation, fine line and wrinkles, scarring as well as refreshing thick, tired and dull looking skin.
However the world of skin peels can be a confusing one. There are exfoliators, resurfacers and peels, all work to different strengths and perform differing tasks, which can mean it's hard to know which one to choose.
Exfoliators are the gentlest way to refresh the skin. Working on the top layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, it removes the dead skin cells revealing the new, healthy skin below. Exfoliators are topical and have no down-time.
Resurfacers, sometimes referred to as mild peels, are superficial treatments, meaning that they work on the very top layers of the epidermis and use enzymes and acids to refine and exfoliate. Resurfacers generally have little-to-no downtime following treatment.
Skin peels treat the top layers but also penetrate the mid to lower levers of the epidermis, delivering stronger, extended results. Because chemical peels are so active and deeply penetrating, downtime of up to 10 days can be expected.
We offer a range of skin exfoliators, resurfacers and peels, as well as an extensive range of homecare options to ensure you get the best, long-lasting results. To learn more meet with a member of our expert team at your local clinic.
During puberty we are assured by the adults around us that acne stops after the teen years. Unfortunately that's true. Every spot that appears on the skin is a form of acne, so even if you're past the worst of it you can still have outbreaks. In fact outbreaks are very common for both males and females from their 20s to their 40s, though we even see clients in their 50s and 60s.
Acne isn't curable but it is certainly treatable. Our clients notice considerable improvement in the appearance of their skin after a course of acne treatments.
Acne Solution Salicylic Acid Resurfacer
This resurfacer uses 20% antibacterial Salicylic Acid to reduce and control redness and inflammation associated with acne. By targeting blemish-causing bacteria, it effectively releases hardened sebum while quashing oil.
- Prevents future breakouts
- Ideal for both oily and sensitive skin
- Deeply exfoliating, penetrating right down into the follicle
- Effectively anti-inflammatory, boosting the skin's response to sensitising factors
ACNE SOLUTION SALICYLIC ACID skin peel
A more aggressive form of the resurfacer, this peel uses 30% antibacterial Salicylic Acid to penetrate and decongest hair follicles, reducing redness and inflammation associated with acne while preventing future breakouts. By targeting blemish-causing bacteria, it effectively releases hardened sebum while quashing oil.
- Continues to address acne concerns even after it's application
- Deeply cleanses the skin and follicles of dirt, debris and oil
- Increases the skin's ability to retain moisture
- Controls inflamed pustules and redness associated with blemishes
Acne Solution Modified Jessner Peel
This peel was designed to comprehensively manage acne, preventing persistent breakouts and calming current blemishes with Salicylic Acid. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, our Modified Jessner’s peel also employs Lactic Acid to lift dark spots due to acne scarring, and resorcinol to exfoliate away dead skin cells, excess oil and debris to establish your clean and clear complexion.
- Greatly exfoliates for a softer, smoother appearance
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial
- Diminishes pigmentation associated with acne and scaring
- Effectively hampers stubborn breakouts, including cysts
Anti-Ageing Skin Peels
There are some things in life that are inevitable and ageing is one of them. As we age a lifetime of sun exposure and personal habits (smoking, alcohol consumption, dietary choices) catch up with us. Combined with the natural ageing process where collagen production slows and gravity takes its toll, we soon see the signs of ageing.
From your 30s onwards it's very common to see evidence of fine lines and superficial sun damage, which gradually becomes more pronounced during the 40s and 50s. Eventually skin may appear less smooth or tight that is once was, it may also feel drier, thinner and have a more uneven appearance.
We offer a bespoke skin peel packages based on your desired outcome using one of our three specially formulated anti-ageing skin peels.
ANTI-AGEING PEPTIDE RESURFACER
Our most advanced anti-ageing resurfacer, this treatment is formulated with Rigin™ and Matrixyl™ is the authority on cellular and UV damage, promoting collagen and elastin synthesis.
- Decreases wrinkle depth and lifts lines
- Provides an instant lift to the skin with increased firmness
- Exfoliating for a smoother, finer complexion
Anti-Ageing Peptide TCA Peel
Our most comprehensive and potent anti-aging peel, this treatment was formulated to combat severe photo damage, distended pores, deep wrinkles and dull, sagging skin. A rescue operation for distressed skin, we use Trichloroacetic Acid to penetrate the deepest epidermal layers.
- Provides substantial exfoliation
- Helps skin appear softer and smoother
- Evens and brightens skin tone
Obagi Blue Peel
A leading deep rejuvenation treatment which helps eliminate blemishes, acne scars, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and sun damage whilst increasing overall texture and tightness. These dead cells are replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin's own clarity and tightness to resurface.
- Ideal for fine lines and wrinkles and severe pigmentation
- Effectively treats laxity of skin and loss of firmness
- Can be applied to the face, neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs
Rejuvenation & Preventative
Rejuvenation & Preventative
Skin peels are not just about addressing a skin concern, that can simply be an excellent way maintain the skin you have. At The Harley Medical Group we believe that prevention is better than cure, which is why we recommend anyone concerned about the future of their skin to consider rejuvenation treatments. These treatments perfect your look today while protecting and preparing your skin for tomorrow.
Rejuvenating Pumpkin Resurfacer
Full of natural powerful ingredients our 40% Pumpkin Pulp Resurfacer is deemed a wonder peel by our clients. The Salicylic Acid helps decrease enlarged pores, while the Lactic Acid improves skin’s tone and texture while addressing the early signs of sun damage.
- Vigorously increases cell turnover for a brighter more even complexion
- Aggressively helps sun damaged, thicker skin
- Treats any active acne and prevents further breakouts
- Relieves post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
C Infusion Peel
Our C Infusion peel is perfect for people who want a little more than light rejuvenation but are not ready for a full anti-ageing treatment. This highly effective antioxidant peel is the perfect combination of nature and science working in harmony to achieve a plethora of results
- Vigorously increases cell turnover to repair UV damage
- Improves the brightness and condition of the skin
- Polishes and hydrates uneven skin texture and tone
- Works to preserve skin cells through powerful antioxidants
- Removes sluggish skin cells and revitalises resistant skin
- Restores and enhances the skin's protective barrier
While not actually a skin peel many of our clients of find that they benefit from combining skin peels with Medical Microdermabrasion. Medical grade crystals exfoliate away dead skin cells revealing the softer, more radiant and younger looking skin beneath.
- Dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Refreshes dull, tired looking skin
- Evens skin tone and areas of sun damage
- Improves the appearance of superficial scars
- Fast, effective and with no downtime
Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots
Uneven Skin Tone & dark spots
Uneven skin tone and dark spots are caused by melanin, the skin's pigment, being present in a large quantity, or being poorly distributed and subsequently becoming visible on the surface of the skin.
Hyperpigmentation in the skin can last for years and may prevent you from achieving a clear and even complexion. Our range of skin peels, combined with our homecare range, will help speed up the skin rejuvenation process and prevent further pigmentation from appearing.
SkinBrite Pigmentation Peel
A highly effective combination of corrective and preventative active ingredients. The Mandelic and Phytic acids lift, brighten & gently exfoliate visible dark spots, whilst the Lactic acid and Stem Cells prevent further pigmentation developing.
- Brightens and evens skin tone
- Can be used to treat dark spots due to acne scaring or melasma.
- Helps prevent UV rays from damaging the skin
- Excellent results for even the deepest set pigmentation
- Promotes epidermal regeneration
Obagi Blue Skin Peel
A highly effective medium depth peel of 15% or 20% concentration of trichloracetic acid (TCA), mixed with Obagi blue dye, that requires repeated applications until desired depth is achieved. The peeling penetrates all layers of the epidermis and reaches the upper dermis, resulting in post treatment shedding.
- Removal of deepset pigmentation
- Removal of blemishes
- Skin tightening
- Skin refinement
- Reduction in pore size
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Skin Peels - Are they right for me?
Skin peels are ideal for anyone who wants to reduce any sun damage, fine lines, shallow acne scars, dry or rough skin, dull skin tone, uneven pigmentation, acne or enlarged pores and achieve better appearance of their skin. Prior to your treatment you will have a free consultation where all your questions are answered and you are assessed for your suitability to proceed.
What happens when I have my treatment?
After having a consultation with a nurse counsellor to assess your suitability for a Skin Peel, you will undertake a complimentary Computerised Photo Imaging Skin Analysis test prior to your treatment. Your skin will be cleansed prior to the prepping solution being applied. The Peel strength suitable for your skin type will then be applied evenly with a brush, whilst it dries and your skin is kept cool. A layer of wet gauze is placed over the skin which activates then Peel. Moisturiser and SPF are then applied to your skin following the treatment. We recommend any of our moisturisers and Enhanced Performance SPF 25 from The Harley Medical Skincare range. After your treatment, your skin will be clearer, smoother and radiant. You can go back to work and carry on with your usual daily routine, as there is no redness or flaking to your skin. It is important to wear sun protection cream at all times.
How long does a Skin Peel treatment take?
The average time for a treatment is 30minutes if done alone, or 45minutes if performed with Microdermabrasion.
How often do I need to have treatment for Skin Peels?
We recommend that you book the course of six peels every two weeks and maintain with top-up treatments every 4-6 weeks to keep skin looking clearer, smoother and brighter. When you have completed your course, you will have another Computerised Photo Imaging Skin Analysis test to see the subsequent results.
Are The Harley Medical Groups clinics registered?
All of The Harley Medical Group's Cosmetic Surgery and Non Surgical Solutions clinics in the UK are registered with the Care Quality Commission.
The Harley Medical Group has always been at the forefront of promoting initiatives for legislation of good working practice and patient safety within the cosmetic surgery industry. We are heavily involved with the continual improvement and regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry.
We are pleased to be able to announce that The Harley Medical Group has successfully completed the registration and certification process for the Independent Healthcare Advisory Service Register of Injectable Cosmetic and can be found on the website: www.treatmentsyoucantrust.co.uk
Please explain what happens in a consultation?
It's essential you attend one of our Registered Clinics and are consulted prior to your treatment by a nurse counsellor so a tailor made treatment programme can be started. Your nurse counsellor will be able to advise you on the treatment plan which is most suitable for you to achieve your desired results. Your nurse counsellor will run through all of this information in thorough detail with you at your consultation and will assess your suitability for this treatment.
If you have any concerns or further questions relating to Skin Peels, please feel free to contact your nearest clinic, where our friendly Nurse Counsellors are on hand to answer any concerns or queries that you may have.