Chemical peels are a type of exfoliation of the top layers of the skin which in turn improves sun-damage, pigmentation, wrinkles, texture and the overall appearance of the skin. Chemical peels can also help to address common skin concerns such as acne, solar lentigines, melasma, and keratosis pillaris.
There are different types and strengths of chemical peels. Each is designed to suit different skin types and problems.
Lactic/Glycolic (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid) Peels:
Lactic acid, derived from milk, and glycolic acid, which naturally occurs in sugar cane, are used in chemical peels to resurface the upper layers of the skin (epidermis). This assists to improve pigmentation, fine lines, mild sun damage and promote collagen growth in the lower layers of the skin.
Jessners peel is a combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol, which can be superficial to medium in depth (the epidermis and may involve the top layer of the dermis). A Jessners peel resurfaces the epidermis and is particularly effective for oily/congested skin. Salicylic acid deeply penetrates the skin and removes congested sebum and dead skin cells. This peel improves congestion and oil flow, pigmentation, fine lines and mild textural irregularities.
A chemical peel is essentially a form of exfoliation of the top layers of the skin. The treatment is very effective in improving the visible effects of sun damage, and can also be used to treat pigmentation and wrinkles. Some common skin concerns, including acne, melasma, solar lentigines and keratosis pillaris can also be addressed with the use of a chemical peel treatment. We offer a number of types and strengths of chemical peels, including lactic/glycolic and Jessners peels, each of which is formulated to treat different skin types and concerns.
Pregnancy / Breast feeding
Roaccutane (isotretinoin) use (currently or within the last 6 months)
Certain photosensitising medication
Active Cold Sores / Active Skin Infection
Current Chemotherapy/Radiation Treatment
Recent un-protected sun exposure in the area to be treated.
Recent surgery / cosmetic injectables in the area to be treated
A Jessners peel is particularly effective for skin that feels oily or congested because it works by resurfacing the epidermis (the upper layers of the skin). The peel is made from a combination of ingredients, including lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol. The peels can be formulated at various strengths to work anywhere from a superficial to medium depth of the skin. This kind of peel is generally very good for oily skin because it removes congested sebum as well as dead skin cells and improves oil flow, smoothing out any textural irregularities.
Lactic or glycolic chemical peels are often very effective for those who would like to enhance the overall appearance of their skin or address issues like pigmentation, fine lines, and mild sun damage. This kind of chemical peel works by resurfacing the upper layers of the skin, which helps to promote the body’s production of collagen and increase growth in the lower layers of the skin, resulting in smoother, healthier looking skin.
Common side effects after a chemical peel include:
Flaking & dryness of the skin
Minor skin irritation
With a Jessner's Peel crusting and exfoliation of the skin will occur and facial redness will be more prominent over the first 24-48 hours.