There are numerous chemical peels on the market to suit different individual needs, which are used for procedures to improve the appearance of the skin, eliminate imperfections such as acne scaring, sun damage spots, uneven skin tone and fine lines. The peel causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. Dependant upon the grade of peel reflects the level of exfoliation. Once the dead skin has shed, a newer, smoother, glowing, more vibrant less wrinkled skin shines through
A consultation with Mandy your medically trained aesthetic nurse practitioner can help you decide the depth of peel suited to your needs. To benefit fully from chemical peels a course is always recommended, which is usually a course of 4 up to 6 skin dependant taken at weekly to ten day intervals
For maximum results with chemical peels sometimes pre-peel skin care products are required to be used daily for 7 days to help make the epidermis thinner, for hyper-pigmentation pre-peel preparation could be advised to use up to 3 weeks before and acne prone skin 1-2 weeks. You can purchase the correct home care products from your fully trained aesthetic nurse practitioner Mandy, who can advise the best option to tailor your needs if required to use.
*Superficial Chemical Peel application*
The skin is cleansed
Peel solution applied to the area to be treated
Due to being a self-neutralising peel the solution is not removed, moisturiser is added to complete the treatment.
During the procedure a warm tingling sensation can be felt, this is usually very mild and begins to fade away once moisturiser has been applied.
Any redness will subside over a few hours, very minute number of individuals
may remain pink/red up to 12 hours
Post Peel home care routine
Do not wash the treated area until the following day
Following day begin your skin care routine as advised by your
aesthetic nurse practitioner
Do not wear jewellery for 24 hours close to the treated area
Do not use perfumes/deodorants for 24 hours
Do not use sun beds/sunbathe/steam or sauna’s post treatment
*Remember an spf factor 30/50 must be used daily post peel procedures*
Post superficial chemical peel side effects
Because this is a non aggressive procedure, post procedure complications are very rare and would usually be associated to individuals with sensitivity to the peel:
Patchy erythema (red marks), swelling of eyelids, general swelling, itching – all of which can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications and/or antihistamines
Superficial chemical peels can effectively help:
Improve skin tone and make skin smoother
Help achieve softer, supple skin
Help diminish pigment spots
Provide lifting effect
Reduce size of open pores
Increase production of collagen and elastin
Remove dead skin cells
Reduce fine lines
Reduce acne/acne pitted skin
Remove small scars and stretch marks
TCA medical grade chemical peel
** Trichloracetic acid (TCA) is a medical grade chemical peel and should only be performed by medically trained practitioners.** When applied to the skin, it then creates the top layer of cells to dry out and peel over a period of a few days to a week.
TCA medium/deep depth peels have a more dramatic result than that of the lighter chemical peels. They can have positive outcomes with diminishing acne scars, uneven pigmentation, sun damaged skin, improve the texture and tone of skin, smooth out fine lines. Taking approximately 20-60 minutes to complete the procedure depending on the area covered.
The TCA medium depth peels penetrate the skin deeper than the lighter chemical peels. Post treatment, a week or so later skin will begin to slough off, producing a new, smoother, softer and more supple skin. For ultimate results a course of treatments are recommended, usually a course of 4 however up to 6 maybe required for more problematic skin conditions. Treatments should be taken every 7-10 days for the duration.
TCA medical grade peel application
The TCA peel is applied in the same way as a the milder peels, beginning with the cleanse in preparation of treatment. The solution is applied to skin, repeating soon after the first covering. Watching for any signs of ‘frosting’ , which are neutralised with a specific cream, the solution can then be repeated avoiding the ‘frosting’ area’s. Neutralising cream is applied to the whole area treated to complete the procedure.
Post TCA medium depth peel recovery
Individuals vary after TCA medium/deep depth peels, usually a crust forms around the treated area, which will then flake/slough off in 3-7 days. The treated area can appear red , but will fully fade over the coming week. The skin texture, colour and appearance will then show signs of great improvement. In general, healing can take up to 2 weeks with redness and slight swelling for some individuals. It is vital to follow your aesthetic nurse practitioners aftercare advice to aid recovery and achieve maximum results