Chemical skin peels are a quick and simple technique to achieve dramatic results for the face, neck and hands. They can be used as a ‘one off’ treatment to achieve radiance for a special occasion or as a series of treatments to reverse or reduce the effects of pigmentation or scarring skin conditions.Conditions it can be used for include:
- Acne scarring
- Pigmentation such as melasma
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
A chemical peel simply reacts with the very top layer of the skin causing it to peel away, revealing a healthier, smoother and a blemish free complexion underneath. As the skin heals new cells are made and there is greater collagen production resulting in a youthful and rejuvenated look.
Peels are often categorised by their depth: superficial, medium and deep.
GLYCOLIC PEEL (SUPERFICIAL PEEL)
These are derived from natural sugar cane and come in various strengths. They remove the very top layer of the skin (the epidermis) instantly giving a glowing and radiant look
Indications: for freshening up dull skin, improving skin texture and
removing superficial skin blemishes
Recovery time: No Downtime
TCA PEELS (MEDIUM)
TCA is Tricholoracetic acid and is a medium to deep peel. This can usually penetrate to the deeper layer of the skin (the dermis) which results in reorganisation of the skin and increased cell growth leading to healthier skin layers and stimulating skin to produce more collagen. This peel results in a dramatic rejuvenated appearance
Indications: Removing scars, blemishes and pigmentation. Reducing lines and wrinkles
Recovery time: allow one week
OBAGI BLUE PEEL (MEDIUM)
The Obagi Blue Peel is a medium depth chemical peel using Trichloacetic Acid (TCA) combined with a blue dye to make the peel safer and allow peeling to whatever skin level is needed for the correction of whatever problem your skin has. It is used in combination with the Obagi® Nu-Derm® Skin Restoration System to give you clear, smooth, healthy skin. During the peel process, we remove the damaged surface layer of skin. Within 3-10 days it is replaced with a fresh layer that is smoother, well-toned, more even in color, and has smaller pores. The Blue Peel offers benefits over other peel methods because it allows us to better control many aspects of the process, including the depth of penetration, so treatments are safer and we can tailor it to you. Combining the Nu-Derm® system and the Blue Peel can help you achieve a dramatic silky-smooth texture and uniform skin tone.
The procedure can require oral pain relief and patients will be required to have used the Obagi Nu-Derm skin care regime to prep the skin to ensure optimal results.
Indications: Skin damage due to sun, acne scars, blemishes and wrinkling
Recovery time: Peeling takes place within 3 days and recovery is usually complete within 10 days
Obagi Blue Peel Radiance
Blue Peel radiance is the perfect choice for an instant improvement for the skin. This is a superficial exfoliation that works beyond the standard cosmetic cream you can buy at the chemist. The Obagi Blue Peel helps to combat many skin concerns including photodamage, pigmentation, acne and skin texture. We recommend 4 – 6 (1 per week) of the Obagi for best results.There is almost no down time involved. Blue Peel radiance improves various skin concerns, including photodamage, pigmentation, acne and skin texture hence making it look more fresh and radiant. We recommend a course of 4 to 6 treatments (1 to 2 weekly) to achieve the best results
Indications: Superficial exfoliation for a range of skin concerns including
Recovery time: Little to no downtime