Face & Body Resurfacing Peels

The science bit

What are Face and Body Resurfacing Peels?

Peels come in all manner of types, containing many different ingredients at many different strengths and multiple layers of application. The type of peel you have determines the length of downtime you’ll need to recover, if any. The depth of your peel will depend on the PH and the strength of the ingredients, and the number of layers we apply.


These days we achieve the same results as a deep peel with a gentler course that doesn’t involve either excessive peeling or lots of down time.

Some of the most popular peels are:

Glycolic, made from sugar cane, is very common and comes in varying strengths. It’s often used in combination with other peel ingredients.

Salicylic is extremely effective for treating acne.

Mandelic peels are used on darker skin safely, without the risk of hyperpigmentation.

Retinol is a high strength purified form of Vitamin A which can result in a significant improvement when you complete the recommended course.

TCA, Tricichloric Acid, is another common ingredient. Depending on the strength used it can deliver anything from a light to a deep one for severe skin problems.

What Can Skin Peels Treat?

Cosmetic peels are designed to remove different layers of the skin. The layers removed depend on the skin condition we’re treating, providing a renewed, healthy-looking complexion. These areas can be treated:

  • Face
  • Back
  • Arms and elbows
  • Chest and décolletage
  • Hands

Skin peels are suitable for a range of conditions including:

  • Active acne
  • Ageing skin
  • Dull, weathered skin
  • Excessively oily skin
  • Blackheads and whiteheads
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Light to deep scarring
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun spots
  • Skin-darkening and discolouration
  • Wrinkles
  • Dry and rough skin

Peels can work on every type of skin but they vary in strength according to the condition being treated. The results can be maintained by following the skin-care programme we recommend.

Types Of Skin Peels

We offer a comprehensive variety of bespoke peels for individual skin conditions:

Obagi Radiance Peel to Refresh and Revive Skin

This peel contains glycolic acid. A great peel for freshening the skin up, especially for a special occasion, it rarely results in any peeling or flaking but gives a nice glow to the skin on the second day.

You can have this peel as a course of three or just as a one-off. It’s often used just before a deeper peels or programme of peels.

Alumier Glow Peel (Vegan) for Facial Rejuvenation

The Alumier Glow Peel combines lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol, creating a multi-purpose resurfacing solution that’s highly effective in minimising the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation like age spots, discolouration and uneven skin tone.

Neostrata for Pigmentation and the First Signs of Ageing

These peels consist of glycolic, citric and mandelic acids. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and exfoliates the skin, evening the distribution of pigmentation. Citric acids are powerful antioxidants which help to correct the effects of ageing and sun damage. Mandelic acid, found in almonds, has natural antibacterial benefits, and can reduce oiliness over time without drying the skin.

These peels are administered in a structured programme starting with a two-week preparation programme. The level of acid applied is gradually increased to optimise the overall results and reduce side-effects.

We recommend three initial peels, usually spread two to four weeks apart, but you may need more depending on the condition being treated.

Salicylic Peel for Acne Treatment

Predominantly used to treat active acne, this is the most effective peel for both men and women. The peel works by breaking the bonds between the cells on the surface of the skin so that old and dead cells can be lifted away. Salicylic peels for acne are very effective at penetrating oily skin and breaking down the excessive amounts of the fatty substance (sebum) that clogs pores.

You may need a course of antibiotics in conjunction with the peel to achieve the desired result. Slight peeling may occur after three to five days.

Retinol Peel for Pigmentation, Ageing & Acne Scars

This involves a course of peels spread a month apart, anything from 3-6 treatments depending on the condition being treated.

This type of peel is one of the newer types and is proving more popular thanks to the Vitamin A content, a proven anti-ageing treatment.

Obagi Blue Peel to Treat Sun Damage, Lines & More Problematic Skin

This is a TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) peel for sun-damaged skin, suitable for men and women who have pigmentation, age spots, rough skin and lines.

TCA peels are available in different strengths to penetrate the different layers of the skin, according to the condition being treated. More than one peel may be required, depending on the amount of damage and the skin condition we’re treating.

Peeling or flaking starts on the third day and can last up to seven days, depending on the number of skin layers we have penetrated.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Expect From Skin Peels?
We’ll tailor-make your treatment to your skin type. You might need to use preparation products before the peel to get the optimum results and eliminate any adverse side effects. Whether or not you prepare with products first, we’ll apply the peel all over your thoroughly-cleansed face or body. Then we leave it on for a specified time depending on your skin type and the area being treated, anything from just three minutes to overnight. After application, your skin will feel warm, which is normal. Some people feel nothing. Depending on the peel selected for your skin type, flaking or peeling will start to occur from three to seven days after your treatment. Some peels need a week’s downtime afterwards. These peels are not for home use. You have to attend a clinic for treatment by a trained specialist.
How Long Do Skin Peel Results Last?
Some peels can be very long-lasting, for example hyperpigmentation treatment. You can use clinically-proven homecare products to maintain the effects, and it’s wise to start using them as soon as possible after you’ve healed.
What Is the Recovery Time?
Recovery time can be anything from three to ten days, depending on the strength of peel and the layers applied. Most people can continue to work.
What Are the Side Effects of a Skin Peel?
You can expect mild to moderate peeling from day three. You may experience some lightening or darkening of the area treated if you don’t follow the aftercare instructions: use a sunblock, don’t touch the treated area when it begins to flake. Wash it gently, and use a good sunblock and moisturiser.
How Long Do The Effects Last?
Different peels work in different ways. The effects of a course of 3-6 NeoStrata or Retinol Peels, for example, can last up to a year as long as you use the recommended aftercare products and protection. We recommend you have 1-2 treatments each year to maintain the results.
What Are the Alternatives to Skin Peels?
Peels can be used in conjunction with fillers, Fractora and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments.
How Will I Feel?
When your skin glows, you look and feel like you’re glowing from the inside. Tired, dull skin just leaves you looking and feeling tired and dull. It’s amazing what a difference good skin can make to the way you feel about yourself and the world around you. You’ll feel brighter, younger, and healthier.
Disclaimer: Results and patient experiences may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors including age, medical history, lifestyle and more.
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