What are chemical peels?
Chemical Peels reveal smoother, healthier skin by dissolving the connection holding dead skin cells together on the surface. At Hans Place Practice, we offer light, gentle peels, such as glycolic and salicylic peels, as well as medium peels, including ICP and Obagi, which penetrate the skin more deeply. Which type of peel will work best for you depends on the condition of your skin.
What are medium peels?
As the name implies, medium-depth peels are stronger than light peels, as they remove the outer layer of the skin as well as the upper dermis. The results are more significant than with a light peel, following a recovery period of five to seven days.
We offer two types of medium peels:
- Jessner’s peel A Jessner’s peel is a mild medium peel and designed to treat sun damage, fine lines, uneven pigmentation, shallow acne scars, age spots and freckling. It uses a combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol (an exfoliating agent) and doesn’t have the strength of the Obaji Blue peel (see below). However it works in a similar way, exfoliating and reaching into the dermis to stimulate collage production. Results include tighter and smoother skin, more even pigmentation, minimised pores and improved fine lines.
- Obagi Blue peel Using a slow-acting trichloroacetic acid (TCA) solution, this peel is recommended for more severe fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, shallow acne scars, sun damage and freckling. Because Obagi Blue peel solution is slow acting, your practitioner can control the peel process and its depth, and therefore reduce the risk of complications. Results include tighter, less wrinkled skin with a more youthful appearance, reduction of hyper-pigmentation and a healthy pink glow. Prior to getting a medium-depth peel, we may recommend a four- to six-week course of Retin A cream to prepare the skin. Retin A, which is derived from vitamin A, penetrates the dermis layer of the skin and stimulates collagen production. This helps achieve a better result and shorter recovery when deeper peels are used. All peels – light or medium – will produce a better result if used in a series. However, no peels can help improve or eliminate sagging or excess skin.
What are light peels?
Light or superficial peels are usually made from natural substances (such as alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids) that are often derived from sugar cane and fruits. Available in varying strengths for different indications, these ‘lunchtime’ peels are designed to gently remove the top layer of skin.
We offer two types of light peels:
- Glycolic peels Glycolic peels are designed for skin that has become dull and needs refreshing. Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid that effectively – yet gently – exfoliates the dead skin layer, revealing clearer, fresher skin. Glycolic peels are also sometimes performed in combination with microdermabrasion treatment. Results include smoother, fresher skin texture, and a reduction in fine lines and uneven pigmentation. We may recommend a serious of peels to achieve the best result, typical six sessions at intervals of two to four weeks.
- Salicylic peels Ideal for age spots, acne and acne-prone oily skin, salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy peel that is self-neutralising with limited penetration. Similar to the glycolic peel, the salicylic peel exfoliates the outer surface of the skin. Results include a clearing of clogged pores and oily areas of the face, with an overall improvement in skin texture. Salicylic peels may also help fade superficial age spots and areas of pigmentation.
To book a consultation with Dr Comins please call Hans Place Practice on 0207 584 1642