Chemical peels by Helen Cleland of Cheltenham. A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. Facial skin is the most commonly treated, however there is a peel for backs that suffer from an acne problem.

Scarring, acne, pigmentation, rosacea, reduction in pore size and oil production also wrinkling can be improved. Chemical peels are intended to remove the outermost dead skin cells. To accomplish this task, the chosen peel solution induces a controlled injury to the skin. Resulting wound healing processes begin to regenerate new tissues. You may experience some flaking with light peels and redness and skin peeling with medium to deep peels. A course of 3-4 peels will be more beneficial for optimal results. Chemical Peels can be tailored to you needs from oily to sensitive and pigmented skin. They can be layered for a deeper effect or if you don’t want much downtime you can opt for a light peel with little or no flaking.

Treatments:

Gentle exfoliation and hydrating peelAlumier MD Enzyme Retexturing TreatmentBlue radiance peel- can be used on all skin typesEnerpeel® Mandelic Acid – Designed for the management of sensitive skin e.g.rosacea, thread veins, hyper pigmentation. Medium peel-An ideal treatment for skin that is prone to acne, open pores, congestion and oilinessAlumier MD Radiant Peel 20/10Alumier MD Detox ClearAlumier MD Refining Clay MaskEnerpeel® Salicylic Acid can be used on back for acneEnerpeel® Pyruvic Acid can be used on chest and neckEnerpeel®Jesners – Lactic acid component for reducing non inflammatory pigmentation, oil control and photoaging.,This peel can be used for acne on chest and back area. Pigmented mature skinAlumier Glow Peel Combines 7% lactic acid, 7% salicylic acid and 7% resorcinol. This creates a multipurpose resurfacing solution effective in minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation i age spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone. Alumier MD Vitamin A Boost peel.Alumier MD Radiant Elite - A personalised skin peel where we recommend a variety of products that are layered onto your skin to give the best results. Eye and lip peelEnerpeel® EL – Specifically designed for treating in and around the eye socket and the lip margin..A treatment for hyper-pigmentation and photo-ageing. Deep peelingEnerpeel® TCA LP 25%  – For anti-ageing, sun damage, severe hyper-pigmentation, severe scars and raised scar reduction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Most patients feel a mild stinging which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Some peels are designed to self neutralize and may remain on your skin for 2-4 hours.

Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topicals should be avoided for 3-5 days post peel.

  • One week before the peel avoid waxing, electrolysis, deploritory creams, and laser hair removal.
  • Two to three days before the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A, differin or Tazorac, as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide.
  • Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as Laser treatments, cosmetic fillers or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.

Chemical peels should be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:

  • Active cold sores, herpes simplex or warts in the area to be treated
  • Wounded, sunburned or excessively sensitive skin
  • Accutane use within the last year
  • History of recent chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Allergies to aspirin
  • Women who are pregnant or actively breastfeeding
  • Patients with Vitiligo
  • Patients with a history of autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis etc) or any condition that may weaken their immune system

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