One of the most popular treatments requested at our DPC Skin Clinic in Cheadle is a Chemical Peel. Here’s everything you need to know…

A chemical peel can be enjoyed by people of all different skin types. There is fabulous freedom and flexibility when it comes to choosing the right peel for you and being left delighted at its noticeable results. However, before booking your appointment for your peel, there are some specifics to know which could be helpful such as what a peel is, how It works and who can really benefit most from the treatment.


What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that can resurface the texture of your skin, making it feel much smoother and more even. The treatment mainly removes damaged skin cells and also addresses wrinkles, discoloured skin and the appearance of scars. Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck and hands, the effects can be incredible.


How does it work?

The peel solution is applied to the surface of your skin to remove the top layers. Inside the chemical peel solution are acids which helps to raise the acidity of the skin’s pH level. Why? Well, your skin cells need to loosen in order for the dead and healthy skin to separate and often, common skin issues are actually caused by the skin becoming too alkaline.  When the ph is lowed, this causes, desquamation, in layman’s terms, of the loosening of cells which causes exfoliation.  This means the dead cells are removed and healthier cells are revealed as well as giving a chance for healthier regrowth too.

What’s fantastic about the treatment is there are different types of depth to choose from with your chemical peel; light, medium, deep.

With a light peel, the outer layer of the surface of your skin (epidermis) is treated whereas, with a stronger peel, the chemical peels penetrate deeper below the surface. With light to medium peels, you need to a course of treatments to achieve those all-important desired results. With a deeper chemical peel, you can achieve dramatic results, however, the recovery process time is longer.


The superficial peel

A popular peel for many. This is a light peel that works wonders for targeting bacteria in the skin and common acids used are glycolic, lactic, mandelic and salicylic acid, to name but a few. Despite it being a light treatment, the exfoliation goes deep into the skin, cleansing the pores and treating any breakouts and acne.


Why have a Chemical Peel?

There are some incredible beneficial reasons as to why you should consider having your first ever chemical peel. Are you someone that has fine lines under your eyes or around your mouth? Or perhaps due to sun damage, your skin has formed wrinkles over the years? A chemical peel can be fantastic for both of these skin concerns. Here are a few more cases it can help to improve too:

> Treat certain types of acne

> Melasma

> Improve the appearance of mild scars

> Improve the texture of the skin’s surface

> Improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tone

Reduce age spots and dark spots


Who’s a good candidate for a chemical peel?

You might be wondering who a good candidate for a chemical peel would be. Everybody is, of course, different and that’s why we strongly advise anybody that is interested in a chemical peel to book a skin consultation as and we would love to discuss your requirements in more detail.  Of course, bear in mind a course of treatments is always required to address specific skin concerns and a chemical peel may be included amongst other treatments. Chemical peels can be particularly effective when used this way.


What you can expect

When it comes to choosing what peel is the right one for your skin type, well, that’s one of the reasons why we’re here. In your initial consultation, we’re here to advise the best options suited for your skin type. We’re here to help you understand what each peel does and to make this as clear as possible so you’re able to feel confident about your treatment and therefore make an informed decision.

During the treatment, the solution is applied to the skin and left on for a specific period of time depending on the chemical peel selected for you, how prepared your skin is and which specific concern we are working on.  We will discuss your aftercare with you and advise on what to expect in the week following your treatment.


Chemical Peel aftercare

Due to the different types of strength with a chemical peel, the aftercare recovery process can vary. For example, if you’ve opted for a superficial peel, the recovery time is much quicker (usually under a week). One of the most important things to remember after your chemical peel is your skin’s vulnerability to sun exposure and UV lights. We strongly suggest using a minimum of an SPF 30 sunscreen.


A big step forward in your skin journey

For many of us that dream of radiant, healthy, and even skin tone, a chemical peel can be the ideal solution. It can be a fantastic first step towards accomplishing clear skin. For others, there are of course other fantastic treatments that may be better suited to your skin type and its needs, such as micro-needling.

Whatever treatment you may be interested in, I’d love to hear from you. It doesn’t even matter if you’re completely unsure about your skin and what exactly it needs. I know it can often feel daunting and stressful with so many treatments and products available these days. I don’t want you feeling anxious. You deserve to feel more confident and aware of your own skin. I’m here to discuss your skincare and its journey ahead.

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