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Chemical Peel Treatment in London

The chemical peel is a popular treatment for skin rejuvenation due to its ability to remove the top layer of skin and reveal the new, healthy skin underneath. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, which removes dead skin cells and replaces old, uneven and sun-damaged skin with a glowing and radiant collagen-rich layer. This treatment is especially helpful for those with acne scarring, dilated pores, greasy and acne-prone skin, severe sun damage and dark spots, and uneven skin tone. Chemical peels also reduce age-related skin changes such as fine lines and wrinkles to improve skin texture for a more youthful look. If you are experiencing any of the above skin conditions, get in touch with our clinic to see if a chemical peel treatment is right for you. 

Types of Chemical Peels

There are three types of chemical peels depending on how deep they exfoliate the skin — superficial alpha-hydroxy or fruit acid peels are light peels you can even do at home, medium-strength peels that penetrate middle layers of skin, all the way up to deep peels, which require anaesthetic and must be performed by a licensed aesthetician or doctor.  The deeper the peel, the more downtime will be involved, but it also means the possibility of fewer treatments to get the results you desire.  

Superficial Chemical Peels (i.e. Alpha-Hydroxy Acid Peels)

A superficial or light peel is the mildest of the three types of chemical peels and is sufficient to improve minor skin blemishes, pore size, oiliness and acne. This peel can be used on a more regular basis to keep mild skin issues at bay. The results are more subtle but will improve significantly over time, especially when coupled with good skincare and a healthy lifestyle. 

  • AHA comes in various strengths ranging from 20 to 70%
  • Brands: Filorga®, Neostrata®, Agera®, Obagi® Radiance Peels
  • Exfoliate & remove the top superficial layer of the skin
  • Improve pore size, blemishes, acne
  • A course of 4 to 6 treatments for best results, 1-2 weeks apart
  • From no downtime to mild redness and flaking for 2 to 3 days.

Medium Chemical Peels (i.e. Trichloroacetic Acid Peels)

A medium or intermediate chemical peel can drastically improve fine lines, deep wrinkles and sunspots by removing not only the top layer of skin but also some of the middle layer of skin. You may benefit from multiple treatments to get your desired results. 

  • TCA comes in concentrations ranging from 20 to 70%
  • Brands: SkinTech®, Obagi® Blue Peels
  • Penetrate to a deeper layer of the skin
  • Increase cell growth leading to healthier skin layers
  • Stimulate collagen production
  • For dramatically rejuvenated appearance
  • Improve fine lines, deep creases, pigmentation disorders
  • Improve pore size, blemishes, acne
  • A course of 3 to 5 treatments for best results, 1-2 weeks apart
  • Expect redness, flaking and peeling for 7 to 10 days.

Deep Chemical Peels (i.e. Phenol Acid Peels)

This is the most intense chemical peel that requires anaesthesia and a longer recovery time. We do not offer this peel at our clinic but can refer you if we feel this is the best peel for your needs.  

What Are the Side Effects of Chemical Peels?

During the treatment, you will feel a stinging or burning sensation while the chemical peel does its work to eliminate dead skin cells. This is totally normal. After-effects of chemical peels will vary based on your skin and the type of peel you receive. Since the procedure removes layers of the skin you will experience peeling, some redness and possible irritation. In rare cases, you may experience scarring or changes in skin colour. Each type of chemical peel requires aftercare and recovery time, so do not schedule any important events following your treatment. The superficial peels have the least side effects and the fastest recovery time. The medium peels could take seven to fourteen days of recovery. It’s important to avoid sun exposure and follow the doctor’s recommendations to reduce risks and side effects.

Want to give your face a more youthful appearance and remove skin imperfections to feel more confident? Schedule your free consultation at our Harley Street London clinic today and we’ll go over your options to revitalise your skin. Allow us to restore your confidence and bring your best face forward.

About Your Treatment

Your treatment

  • PROCEDURE TIME 30-45 minutes

  • BACK TO WORK Next day

  • ANAESTHETIC As required

  • FULL RECOVERY 5-7 days

  • DURATION OF RESULT 4-6 months

  • RESULTS 1-2 weeks

Treatment price

Obagi Radiance Peel - 1 Session
Obagi Radiance Peel - 3 Sessions
Obagi Blue Peel - Single Session

More information

Avoid Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medicine for 2 days (e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac)
Avoid vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba for 2 days
Avoid alcoholic beverages for 1 day
Avoid aspirin for 7 days (if you take aspirin for medical reason, please consult your doctor)
AHA containing face cream might be required to prime the skin for optimal result depending on type of peels
Obagi® Nuderm skin renewal system will be required for 6 months prior to Obagi® Blue Peel
Your skin will be cleansed, degreased and disinfected
Your jewellery will be removed to avoid pooling of peeling agents
Your hair will be safely tied back
Your eyes will be covered by damp cotton wool pad
Your nose, lips and delicate areas will be protected by vaseline
Procedure takes around 5-10 minutes on average
Fanning will help to reduce the discomfort during procedure
Expect tingling, mild burning sensation
Your doctor will be closely monitoring the whole process
Neutralisation solution when therapy finishes
Not applicable: during pregnancy or breast feeding
In individuals with known hypersensitivity to chemical peels
In the presence of infection or severe inflammation
Concurrent treatment such as laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, dermaroller microneedling

Redness and swelling are expected and will usually subsides within 2-3 days
Peeling and flaking may occur, which can last between 7-10 days
Local infection is rare (please adhere to the post-treatment advice to avoid infection, antibiotics might be needed in such cases)
Please avoid putting on anything on your face for at least 12 hours after treatment
Please avoid putting skincare with peeling chemicals
Please avoid strenuous exercise for 2 days
Please avoid alcohol for 2 days
Please avoid sun tanning/ sauna/ extreme heat for 2 weeks
3-5 treatments are recommended for the best results
Result lasts around 1 year after a course of treatments
Book a complementary check up in 2 weeks time to review your progress, you can discuss other treatments that can complement the new you
You may also book your next appointment to ensure you maintain your new look

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