Are chemical peels safe? And other key questions!

Here at AP Skincare, our clinic offers many skincare treatments such as anti-ageing treatments, fillers as well as other non-surgical treatments. One of our most popular is the chemical peel, suited to any skin type, as they’re tailor-made for your individual needs by our trained clinicians. They’re non-invasive and can be used for a wide range of different reasons including as an anti-ageing treatment as well as deeper treatments for conditions such as rosacea. Many of our patients have questions about the safety of chemical peels so we have put together some frequently asked questions and answers for you here to help you decide if you’d like to come and book a consultation at AP Skincare.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a skincare treatment that uses acids contained in fruits and other natural sources to penetrate the skin, removing the top layers and stimulating new skin cell generation to leave it looking and feeling younger and healthier. There are 3 types of chemical peel depending on the depth at which it works on the skin: superficial peels for just the top layers of skin, medium depth and deep peels. When you come in, our clinicians will talk to you about which option is best for you based on your needs.

What do chemical peels help with?

Chemical peels can smooth skin texture, fade discolouration, decrease scarring, help acne, remove fine lines and wrinkles, and decrease the appearance of sun damage. They make your skin brighter and boost skin regeneration so are a very popular choice for those looking for anti-ageing treatments and are a non-invasive way to help boost self-confidence. The ability to calm redness and improve skin tone make them a popular choice for those with rosacea too.

How do chemical peels work?

Chemical peels work by using an acid solution to penetrate the skin and remove damaged layers of skin and stimulate new growth. Dead skin cells are removed from the epidermis and deeper chemical peels remove some cells from the dermis. It is applied to the skin by a clinician and takes around 30 minutes for the procedure. It feels like a slight tingling while the acid works its magic.

Are chemical peels safe?

Chemical peels are considered very safe for most people when performed by a trained clinician and we pride ourselves on our level of patient care here at AP Skincare. There are of course risks associated with all types of procedures, but the side-effects of scarring or infection are both extremely rare. We should say though – make sure to inform your clinician if you have any history of abnormal scar healing prior to treatment.

Can chemical peels help rosacea?

Chemical peels are usually safe for people with rosacea and they’re a commonly chosen skin treatment for this skin condition. Uneven texture and bumps caused by rosacea are removed by the exfoliating action of the chemical peel, and redness is relieved to reveal the healthy clear skin underneath. Many people with rosacea have very sensitive skin so our clinicians will help to tailor a balanced treatment according to your specific skin needs.

So what happens after my chemical peel?

Afterwards, there can be some skin peeling for a week or 2 while it heals, and you should take special care to apply sunscreen to protect your skin daily. You will notice the difference after one treatment but many people choose to have a course of 4 to 6 treatments for even better results. Come into the clinic today or phone on 01254 297 000 to book your consultation today.