Your skin can give tell-tale signs of ageing, as sun damage causes liver spots, freckles and patches of pigmentation. This discolouration can be ageing and make you appear older than you are.
To turn a dull complexion into one that’s glowing and luminous, skin peels can be an effective form of rejuvenation. They can revitalise tired looking skin by reducing uneven pigmentation and smoothing texture, for a more fresh-faced, brighter look.
How do peels work?
Peels are really an ultimate exfoliation, removing dead skin cells and promoting the growth of fresh new skin, increasing circulation and the production of collagen.
A cocktail of non-toxic chemicals, minerals and vitamins are normally used to remove a top layer of sun damaged skin. The stronger the strength of the peel, the more layers of skin that are removed, ranging from a superficial light peel to deep peels. Some newer types of peel, like Enerpeel, have solutions that penetrate and remodel deeper layers of skin, rejuvenating from within, rather than removing much of the top layer.
What do peels work best for?
As well as giving an even skin tone, this treatment is also good for cleansing skin pores, allowing the body to detox more efficiently. This treatment can also be tailored to target specific skin conditions.
Numerous areas of the body can be treated with peels, including the face, neck, chest, back, arms, and legs. However the skin on the face heals the quickest and with best results.
Skin peels can help with the following:
- brown spots
- texture of leathery, sun damaged skin
- skin tone
- melisma (pigmentation patches of discolouration)
- acne scarring
- fine lines
- keratosis pilaris a disorder of the hair follicles of the skin which causes scaly bumps on the skin
- Oily skin
What are the different types of peels available?
Our expert dermatologists and aesthetic practitioners at Twenty-five Harley Street will carry out an assessment of your skin needs, and customise a peel that’s right for your skin type and colour. An example of two types on offer include:
TCA peels, which is a non-toxic chemical (trichloracetic acid). This is a classic skin peel that’s been used effectively for more than two decades. When this treatment is applied to the skin, it causes the top layers of cells to dry up and peel, which takes from a few days to a week.
Enerpeel is a new generation of skin remodelling solutions. With this treatment, skin peeling is kept to a minimum as the renewal goes on at a deeper level. Active ingredients is readily absorbed by the skin, so instead of causing trauma to the surface of the skin, the work is focused on remodelling deeper layers.
What does a peel involve?
Much like with a facial, your skin will be deeply cleansed to remove excess oils and bacteria, so that the peel solution will penetrate evenly. The peel is a watery solution that will then be applied and left to work. Your face may feel slightly tingly, maybe itchy and you may feel a little heat. Aftercare creams are then used to complete the treatment.
What results can I expect?
With a traditional peel, the skin will feel tight and be slightly redder for 2-3 days. The skin will begin to peel about 2 to 3 days after the treatment, and continue for about 5 days.
Once the old skin has been shed, you’ll notice the glow of new skin that will have a smoother texture and even tone. As well as providing a thorough exfoliation, peels also stimulate the production of collagen for firmer more plump looking skin.
With an Enerpeel results are more immediate, and peeling is minimal. A further 2 treatments are usually recommended, spaced three weeks apart.
Our Dermatology & Aesthetics Team
Dr Badvey brings her considerable expertise to the latest cosmetic skin technologies to enable women to have healthy, beautiful and natural looking skin at any age.
Professor Ash Mosahebi is a highly qualified surgeon and part of the UK's Specialist Advisory Committee on Plastic surgery. He brings his expert knowledge to the clinic.