Chemical Peels


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Chemical peeling is one of the popular and effective skin treatments. It is a combination of certain chemicals, vitamins and natural substances that 'dissolve and peel off' the superficial layer of old and dead cells helping new cells to take over. This process rejuvenates and improves the overall health and appearance of the skin. There are various types of peels available in the market. The popular medical grade peels (e.g Perfect Peel) can take a downtime of up to a week for the old skin to peel off. However we combine a clever combination of strategies to get the same effect 'without any downtime'.

How does it work?

These cosmetic treatments utilise acids to exfoliate the skin, revealing a fresher and more youthful appearance. Here’s how they work:

  1. Application of Chemical Solution: During a chemical peel, a specialised solution is applied to your skin in successive layers. The solution contains various acids, such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and others. These acids work to remove damaged skin cells by breaking down the bonds between them.

  2. Exfoliation and removing dead cells: Once the peel has been applied it is allowed to work for a few minutes, then the dissolved dead cells, keratin and sebaceous material (gunk that accumulates in the pores) is scrubbed off with a micro-dermabrasion tool coupled to a suction machine. By combining microdermabrasion and suction we can get effects of a medical grade medium peel without any downtime.

  3. Healing Process: The treatment removes a uniform layer of damaged skin cells across the treatment area. As the skin heals, new cells replace the old ones. Healing toners and skin protectors applied after the treatment help in the quick and smooth healing process.


Preparing your skin before a skin peel is crucial to ensure optimal results and minimise any potential side effects. Firstly, avoid using any harsh exfoliants or retinol-based products for at least a week. It is also recommended to discontinue any facial hair removal techniques such as waxing or threading a few days before the peel. On the day of the peel, make sure your skin is clean and free of any makeup or skincare products. It is advisable to maintain a good skincare routine leading up to the treatment, including gentle cleansing, moisturising, and sun protection. By following these steps, you can ensure that your skin is adequately prepared for the peel, resulting in a smoother and more rejuvenated complexion.

What to Expect at Your Treatment Session:
  1. Consultation: Before your treatment, you’ll have a consultation with a qualified medical practitioner. They will ask you about your medical history, previous treatments taken and your expectations. Be clear about your goals and discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Your photographs may also be taken as a part of your medical notes.

  2. Application Process: Your face will be cleaned, and the solution will be applied with a soft brush. After it has worked the exfoliation process removes the dead cells. The treatment is usually pain free and you will not feel anything other than a sensation of being rubbed with an exfoliator. The treatment finishes with a facial massage with a toner, application of skin brightening serum and finally the sunscreen.

  3. Duration: The procedure typically takes about 20 minutes.

  4. Immediate Effects: You won’t see an immediate change, other than some redness that settles within an hour. It takes 24 hours for your skin to fully recuperate and 1 to 2 weeks to see the full effect.

  5. Aftercare: You can continue as normal after the treatment but your skin will remain sensitive for a couple of days. Avoid face scrubs, acne creams, retinol based treatments, sunbathing, and saunas for 2 days.

  6. Results: The effects usually last for about 3 to 4 months.

Possible Side Effects:

While chemical peels are generally safe, some side effects may occur. Common ones are

  • Redness

  • Peeling

  • Dryness

  • Irritation, itching, burning

These do not usually last more than a day or two. Using a simple antihistaminic may settle them promptly even if they do occur.

Remember that the choice of peel and its safety depend on factors like concentration, practitioner expertise, and individual skin type. Always consult a qualified professional before undergoing any chemical peel procedure.

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