CHEMICAL PEELS

Defyne Aesthetics Skin & Laser Clinic in Preston, Longridge is the local chemical peel specialist. This is a medical treatment and should not be mixed up with a classical facial. Even though some peels are very mild and possibly less irritating than some intense facials you have experienced they can be very potent and should only be delivered by an experienced practitioner.

Skin peels are the ideal treatment to refresh your skin when it is feeling dull and rough. Considering how many people invest heavily into skin care products it is wise to consider the profound impact a chemical peel could have. The most crucial thing about peels is to choose the right one at the right strength for the right period of time for your skin and skin issue.

Here at Defyne Aesthetics Skin & Laser Clinic we provide a variety of peels to specifically address concerns like acne, rosacea, scars, pigmentation, improve fine lines, even out skin tone, treat sun damage, fade dark marks and improve skin complexion and texture. They can be combined with other skin procedures like Microdermabrasion or laser treatment.

The term peel is very misleading as most chemical peels actually do not peel off any skin. Most peels work by gently exfoliating the upper skin and allowing the chemical solution to penetrate deep into the skin. Therefore chemical peel solutions can make a true difference to your skin.

The costs for a chemical face peel vary greatly starting from £85 for a single mild peel up to £500 for a single Obagi Blue Peel + additional skin care products which are compulsory with the latter peel. As peels make more sense as a course of treatment there is usually a discount available for packages. We also offer maintenance peels at a reduced cost.

Chemical peels are concentrated acidic solutions that exfoliate the outer layer of your skin, exposing the softer and smoother skin underneath. Depending on the type of acid the peels have additional benefits like hydration, brightening or anti acne properties.

Chemical peels are classed according to the depth of penetration. Nowadays the main peels in use are superficial to medium depth peels as laser resurfacing and dermabrasion have essentially replaced the medium and deeper-depth peels.

Some of the more common chemical peels include glycolic acid, lactic acid, and TCA peels (or trichloroacetic acid), ranging from 10% to 75% strength peels. Which percentage is right for you depends on whether you have a course of peels, what skin type you are, what skin issues you are trying to treat, and whether you had chemical peels before.

First time peel-users should always start off with the lowest percentage peel and gradually increase as skin adjusts. Using a strong percentage on the skin the very first time can cause burns and potentially permanent damage. You might even be allergic to the particular acid used for the peel. Therefore it is important to carry out a thorough consultation.

Chemical peels are generally used all over the face (except around the eyes) but they can also be used to spot treat other areas of the skin, such as hands and neck. Keep in mind that usually more than one peel is necessary to get the desired results. A single peel will generally not work any miracles. However, with proper and consistent use, chemical peels can keep your skin looking young and healthy.

We will thoroughly examine your skin and take photographs. An assessment of your skin and its needs is crucial in order to determine the best type of peel for you. Your medical history is relevant as well. Any history of scarring or cold sores that keep coming back will influence the treatment.

Before you have a chemical peel, we may ask you to stop taking certain drugs and prepare your skin by following the prescribed home care regime. We offer a range of prescription only home care products designed to correspond perfectly with our peel ranges. This will optimize the effect of the peel and support the after care period as well.

We may also prescribe antibiotics or antiviral drugs if you have a skin condition that needs medical intervention like acne or cold sores.

There are some contra-indications for Chemical Peels:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have a known allergy against one of the agents of the peel
  • You have a current infection in the treated area like cold sores or active acne
  • You had recent resurfacing treatment, waxing or shaving
Downtime is a common issue with Chemical Peels. Our peel range causes little to no downtime. Mild redness might occur. You also might see some “flaking” of the skin after a few days but this is unusual. Generally your skin will look better immediately after the peel and you can proceed with your daily activities.

There is a range of measurements you can do to support the effect of your peel:

  • AVOID the sun, use UVA/UVB sun protection
  • Do NOT use make-up for 6 hours
  • Do NOT go swimming
  • Do NOT exercise excessively so you avoid sweating
  • Do use the home care range

Please see the table for the different types of chemical peels we use. The comparison chart will also help you figure out which type of chemical peel might be right for you. This is a guide only. A chemical peel should be adjusted specifically to your needs. Our consultation will help you find out which peel is best for you.

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TYPES OF CHEMICAL PEELS AND PRODUCTS WE USE

Glycolic Acid Peel
  • Type of alpha hydroxy (AHA) peel
  • Good for fading acne marks and other dark spots
  • Helps with blackheads
  • Deep cleans pores
  • Harsher than lactic acid peels
  • Smooths rough skin
  • Evens skin tone
  • Improves the appearance of light wrinkles
  • Considered light peels
  • Peel solution is usually clear and watery
  • Little to no downtime
Lactic Acid Peel
  • Type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from milk
  • Good for hyperpigmentation (better than glycolic acid peels for this)
  • Good chemical peel for first time users
  • Good peel to use on all skin types
  • Considered a light peel
  • Smooths skin
  • Gives healthy glow
  • Better than glycolic acid peels for those with dry skin
  • Fades dark marks
  • Improves the appearance of light wrinkles
  • Peel solution is yellowish and thicker
  • Little to no downtime
Mandelic Acid Peel
  • Type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from the bitter almond nut
  • Less irritating than glycolic and lactic acids
  • Good for those new to chemical peels
  • Considered a “gentle” peel with very little topical discomfort
  • Exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Good for those with acne prone skin
  • Good for those with Rosacea
  • Safe to use for those with darker skin tones
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Helps repair sun damage
  • Improves the appearance of light wrinkles
  • Peel solution is clear and watery
  • Little to no downtime
TCA Peel
  • Good for acne marks and hyperpigmentation
  • Helps repair sun damage
  • Improves fine lines and wrinkles
  • Can improve the appearance of very shallow acne scars
  • Can improve the appearance of stretch marks
  • Can improve the appearance of skin tags at high concentrations
  • Medium-depth peel that requires several days of downtime (approximately 7-10 days)
  • Stronger peel than the above chemical peels
  • Skin will physically peel
  • Can be painful during the peel
Obagi Blue Peel
  • Helps with wrinkles and lines
  • Improves pigmentation significantly
  • Leads to true skin rejuvenation
  • Medium-depth peel that requires several days of downtime (approximately 7-10 days)
  • Skin will physically peel
  • Can be painful during the peel
  • Depth of peel can be adjusted by physician
  • Specialist peel with fantastic results
  • Needs to be combined with a specific pre-treatment skin care program
  • Famous peel with a very good reputation
Salicylic Acid Peel
  • Only beta hydroxy acid (BHA) peel
  • Tends to be a deeper peel than alpha hydroxy (AHA) peels
  • Good for oily, acne-prone skin
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps to unclog pores
  • Helps with blackheads
  • Considered a superficial peel
  • Little to no downtime
  • Peel solution is clear and watery
  • Must avoid this peel if allergic to Aspirin
Jessner’s Peel
  • Good for those with oily, acne-prone skin
  • Not good for those with sensitive or dry skin
  • Usually based in alcohol, so can be drying for some people
  • Stronger than glycolic or salicylic acid peels, but weaker than TCA peels
  • Peel solution is usually a combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol
  • Need approximately one week of downtime
  • Skin will frost and physically peel
  • Often recommended for cystic acne
Enerpeel Eyes and Lip Protocol
  • Reduces lines and wrinkles on this difficult to reach area
  • Lighten dark circles and under eye bags
  • Tighten your eyelids
  • Eliminate your crow’s feet
  • Reduce pout lines
  • Increase lip volume
  • Even your skin tone
  • Little or no downtime – get the treatment during your
  • Non-invasive and trouble free
  • specially designed treatment for those sensitive areas
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