Chemical peels have been around for a long time and for a good reason—they work! Addressing a wide range of skin concerns and conditions from acne scars and uneven skin tone to melasma and fine lines and wrinkles, there is a peel for pretty much any skin problem.
What are skin peels? They harness the power of naturally occurring acids and active ingredients to deeply exfoliate and brighten the skin. The treatment stimulates new cell growth and collagen production, helping to reveal fresher, clearer, brighter complexion.
At Cosmetica London, we offer a variety of chemical peels to suit each individual’s needs and lifestyle. Our skin peel specialists will advise the perfect peel during your initial consultation and prescribe a bespoke treatment plan.
Mediderma was the first company in the world to introduce a complete line of chemical peels (GlicoPeel, MelasPeel) into the medical and professional market almost three decades ago. Today Mediderma products are recognised as very effective and indicated for almost any skin type or problem.
Advantages to a Mediderma Peel;
- Can be done in any season, on any type of skin and anywhere on the body (with a suitable choice of peeling)
- It’s quick, easy and virtually painless
- Immediate outcome: provides a smoother, brighter and younger looking skin.
A quick, superficial salicylic acid-based facial peel that exfoliates and helps improve overall complexion. It provides tighter, smoother, brighter-looking skin after just 1 use. A series of 4 – 6 peels provide the best results.
Blue Peel RADIANCE® helps improve the following skin concerns:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Rough, uneven skin
- Mild to moderate photoageing
The Vi Peel will improve the tone, texture and clarity of the skin. Reduce or eliminate age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma. Soften lines and wrinkles; clear acne skin conditions; reduce or eliminate acne scars; and stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin.
Containing a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients suitable for all skin types, this peel provides dramatic results with virtually no pain, no skin preparation, and little downtime. Why wait weeks or months for results? Enjoy radiant, younger looking skin in about a week with the VI Peel.
Fantastic results from just two VI Peels!
Q: What results should I expect from a skin peel?
- Rejuvenated and brighter skin
- Revival of dull skin
- Removal of dead skin cells
- Even skin texture and tone
- Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Smoother, softer skin
- Eliminated pigmentation and reduced effects of sun damage
- Reduction of inflammation and breakouts caused by acne
- Hydrated and nourished skin
- Stimulated collagen production for plump and youthful looking skin
To achieve maximum results, our skin experts will recommend a course of skin peels depending on your skin type, tone and condition.
Q: What skin conditions/concerns are best treated by a chemical peel?
A: Almost everyone can benefit from a chemical peel. Peels can improve the look of your skin dramatically and can leave you looking younger and healthier. It’s great if you suffer from any of the following – Dry skin, Oily skin, Acne, Acne scarring, Lines and wrinkles, Pigmentation, Sun damage, Dull or lifeless skin.
Q: I’m thinking of having a peel, how do I prepare my skin prior to it?
A: You should avoid the use of the following products and procedures on the area to be peeled for 5-7 days prior to the peel: Laser hair removal, Waxing, Microdermabrasion, Depilatory creams and Electrolysis.
There are certain products that may increase skin sensitivity and/or cause a stronger reaction to the peel if used up to the day of the peel. Avoid use of the following products for 3 days prior to the peel: Topical retinoids and tretinoin (such as Retin-A®, Renova®, Differin®, Tazorac®, and Refissa®)
Other topical acids or exfoliants that may be drying or irritating to the skin (such as alpha hydroxy acids [AHAs], beta hydroxy acids [BHAs], exfoliating masks, retinols, hydroquinone, and benzoylperoxide acne products)
Q: What types of peels are there?
A: Superficial/Light Peels – They only remove the top layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, and can give your skin and instantly brighter look as well as a smoother, more even texture. They can be used to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, mild acne scarring, age spots and dry or flaking skin. They are usually made from alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids, known as AHAs and BHAs and include glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid.
Medium Depth Peels – Medium depth peels give more dramatic results than superficial peels. Usually derived from TCA (trichloroacetic acid), they penetrate deeper into the skin and can be used to treat sun damage, pigmentation and wrinkles.
Deep Peels – Deep peels are the strongest type of chemical peel available and can achieve amazing results for sun damage, scarring and deep lines and wrinkles. They usually use carbolic acid (Phenol peels) or high strength TCA to penetrate the deeper layers, or dermal layers, of the skin.
Q: What should I expect after a peel?
A: Superficial/Light Peels – You may get a little bit of pinkness and some mild skin peeling for a couple of days but will be able to resume normal activities straight away.
Medium Depth Peels – There is a longer recovery period, usually a week to 10 days, although your skin can be pink for a few months. You will also get more peeling and your face might be quite sore and swollen and feel tight after treatment.
Deep Peels – Recovery from a deep peel can take a couple of weeks. You are likely to experience pain and discomfort after the treatment, as your face will be tender and swollen and feel almost sun burnt. You should take recommended painkillers to manage this. You will get quite severe peeling, which can look fairly horrific and be incredibly itchy. This is usually at its worst a couple of days after treatment. You must avoid scratching or picking any scabs or bits of peeling skin as this can result in scarring. It can take up to two weeks before you start to look normal again. Redness can take even longer to disappear and may last three or four months.