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Chemical Skin Peels

At a Glance

Chemical skin peels involve the application of a chemical agent to the skin used to create an injury of a specific skin depth, with the goal of removing the top layer of the skin and stimulating new skin growth; this results in improved surface texture and appearance. 

The exfoliative effect of chemical peels removes dead and damaged skin cells and stimulates new collagen with more evenly distributed melanin, leaving the skin youthful and radiant! 

We have many chemical skin peel options at our medical skin and cosmetic clinic, with the most popular options being the PCA Skin Perfecting Peel and PCA Skin NoPeel Peel – you can read about these here

Don’t forget, we are PCA Skin’s flagship store in Birmingham – find out more here.

What’s in a chemical skin peel? 

There are a variety of chemicals that can be used, which each react differently on the skin, but all are considered chemical exfoliators. Different options of peels are:

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (e.g., Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid)
  • Beta Hydroxy Acids (e.g., Salicylic Acid)
  • Enzymes from natural ingredients, like papaya and pumpkin
  • Pure peels such as our self neutralising retinol peel
  • Or blended peels that contain mixed ingredients

The purpose of all these treatments – AHAs, BHAs, pure or blended treatments – is to exfoliate the skin. Depending on the concentration, these peels will remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, or it may remove the whole outermost layer.

Neither skin peel is better than the other, as they are all highly effective methods of deep exfoliation – it’s all about choosing the best peel for YOU, based on your skin’s type and individual needs, so we will discuss this during your consultation.

What are the benefits of a chemical skin peel?

  • Speed up cellular renewal
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves uneven skin texture and tone
  • Improves certain types of acne
  • Diminish the appearance of mild scars
  • Reduce pore size
  • Increases hydration
  • Reduces pigmentation and corrects sun damage

To minimise downtime and deliver the best results, a series of peels are usually performed over a 6 to 12 week period, followed by maintenance twice a year. It is recommended to wait 2 to 4 weeks between each peel, depending on the depth of the peel.

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