Chemical Peels

What is a chemical peel and how does it work?

It is an effective, yet safe and gentle, approach to improving the appearance of your skin. Peels can be used to treat fine lines, weathered skin, acne, acne scarring, brown spots and enlarged pores, freckles, sun spots, age spots and even melasma.

Peels can also be used to jump start your skin care regimen, as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other more powerful treatments such as Laser Genesis®, IPL, Fractora®, eCO2 or fractional laser therapy.

Chemical peels work on the top layer of the skin, loosening the glue that holds the dead skin cells together. With the peeling process, unwanted pigment is shed and healthy new epidermal cells are stimulated to grow. New collagen fibres in the underlying dermis are created, causing the skin to feel firmer.

What types of chemical peels are available?

Peels that combine the benefits of alpha- and beta- hydroxy acids with resorcinol – which has been in use for over 100 years – and Retinol deliver an effective result with a minimum of downtime.

Peels are available at different strengths allowing us to carefully control the depth of the treatment.

Can anyone have a chemical peel?

Peels are not used if you are taking Accutane (or have taken it in the past year). It is also recommended to abstain from peels for women who are pregnant or nursing, and those with certain systemic allergies. During your consultation you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire. There may be other situations where chemical peels should not be used.

You must be sure to protect yourself from direct sun exposure for at least a month after treatment.  Wearing a minimum 20 SPF UVA/UVB sunscreen daily is a necessity.

How effective are chemical peels?

An improvement can be expected in the texture of the skin through a reduction in fine lines and a decrease in the appearance of pore size. The unwanted brown pigmentation fades. The skin will appear smoother and more evenly coloured, creating a youthful glow. Acne blemishes will diminish and acne scarring may be less apparent.