Chemical Skin Peels

Brighten and refresh your skin with our resurfacing bespoke chemical peels. Our chemical peels are a safe and effective way to rejuvenate your skin for a soft, dewy and fresher complexion. In addition to their anti-wrinkle benefits, we can tailor them to target acne, scarring, pigmentation and sun damage.

Chemical peels at City Skin Clinic

Our bespoke skin resurfacing chemical peels refresh tired and dull looking skin. This gives a more youthful, smoother and brighter complexion. Whether you’re in need of a quick “pick-me-up” or want to actively target wrinkles, acne, scarring, pigmentation or sun-damage, we can design a bespoke skin peel just for you. All our peels are designed and performed by an expert doctor. Choose City Skin Clinic for:

  • Safe and effective treatments by expert aesthetic doctor
  • Dedicated follow-up and aftercare
  • Instant glow and radiance with our skin refresher superficial chemical peels
  • Treat acne, pigmentation, scarring and wrinkles with our medical peels
  • Resurfacing peels to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and smooth away rough skin
  • Clarifying peels to treat acne, inflammation and breakouts
  • Skin perfecting peels to smooth scarring, rough texture and brighten skin
  • Tone correcting peels to treat pigmentation and rosacea

We are also renowned for our simple and transparent pricing system for our chemical peels. We offer two types of peels both of which are completely tailored to your needs and the only difference between them is the depth of the peels. All our treatments comprise several types of peels which we have carefully selected to compliment each other and your skin goals.

What is a skin resurfacing chemical peel?

Chemical peels are clinical treatments which harness the skin boosting effects of acids and/or enzymes. Through this, we can safely resurface skin by exfoliating the top layers. This reveals the new layers of skin underneath to give smoother, brighter and fresher looking skin.

Our skin refresher peels are bespoke superficial resurfacing peels. These boost the skin by getting rid of dead skin cells to visibly reduce the appearance of open pores and blemishes. They instantly leave you with more smooth, bright and dewy looking skin. There is also no down time so you can immediately enjoy your new skin.

Our bespoke medical peels act at a deeper level of the skin and are excellent to target wrinkles, acne, scars, pigmentation, sun-damage and rosacea. You will see the full effect of the peel after a few days. After which, you can enjoy smooth, bright and fresher looking skin.

How does a chemical peel work?

Chemical peels react with the top layer of the skin causing it to peel off to reveal the newer skin underneath. As the old dead skin is removed, new cells and collagen take their place. Thus giving firmer, brighter and fresher looking skin. We use chemical peels to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, acne, the appearance of large pores and scars. They also boost the production of collagen for brighter, firmer and smoother skin.

Which skin problems can be treated with a medical chemical peel?

Our medical peels can be specifically designed to treat a whole range of skin problems. The most common skin complaints that we treat are:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Dull and tired looking lack-lustre skin
  • Rough or uneven textured skin
  • Acne, breakouts and inflammation
  • Hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and blemishes
  • Sun damage
  • Rosacea
  • Acne scars

What results can be achieved with a chemical peel?

This depends on the type of peel that you have but in general chemical peels can resurface the skin to give you:

  • Brighter and dewy looking skin
  • Rejuvenation of dull skin
  • Exfoliation of dead skin cells
  • More even tone
  • Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smoother and softer skin texture
  • Reduce or get rid of uneven pigmentation and dark spots
  • Reverse the effects of sun damage
  • Control and reduce inflammation and break outs caused by acne
  • Hydrated and nourished skin
  • Plumper, firmer and more youthful looking skin

Which skin resurfacing chemical peel is the right treatment for me?

During a detailed skin consultation with our doctor, we design a bespoke treatment plan for you. At City Skin Clinic we offer two categories of skin resurfacing chemical peel: 

  • The skin refresher chemical peel is a superficial peel that is great for giving tired dull looking skin a little pick me up. This chemical peel buffs away dead skin cells to unveil healthy new skin underneath. It’s brilliant if you want to rescue tired lack lustre appearance for smoother, brighter and dewy looking skin.
  • We also offer several options of medical peels which we personalise and tailor to your skin. These peels work at a deeper level and are excellent to smooth lines and wrinkles. They can also target acne and break outs, scars, dark spots, sun damage, rosacea and rough texture.

Are there any at-home alternatives to chemical peels?

Prescription skincare such as Tretinoin either alone or combined with other active ingredients are excellent alternatives to chemical peels. They can help treat acne, skin ageing, melasma and hyperpigmentation. We offer fully perosnlaised skin treatments using custom made treatments through our online skin clinic where you can discuss your skin concerns with one of our doctors. Afterwards, they will advise which of these solutions will help your skin and products are delivered to your home. Your doctor will then continue to guide, advice and monitor you through the virtual clinic.

UPDATE: We’re Moving Our Skin Services Online!

Due to growing demand, we are moving our aesthetic skin clinic to an online prescription skincare platform. Unfortunately, this means that we’re no longer able to offerr in-office treatments like chemical peels. However, we are treating both new and current clients at our online skin clinic. Our aesthetic doctors will provide the same experience and care through our online clinic. We offer personalised prescription-strength hair loss and skincare treatments for acne, hyperpigmentation, melasma and skin ageing. You can expect the personalised treatment plans and after care that we have become known for over the years. Importantly, from start to finish your journey towards great skin is all from the comfort of your home. 

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Frequently asked questions

This depends on your usual skincare routine. We may recommend adding skincare product(s) to maximise on the surfacing effects of the peel if it is currently missing from your regime. There are several brands which we recommend and products can be purchased through a number of online or high street retailers. Whilst peels can be performed without these products, they can significantly enhance the effects. Our doctor can recommend which will be suitable based on your skin assessment. As a minimum, you will need to use SPF50 after the peel in order to protect the newly revealed skin.

We predominantly use the Neostrata ProSystem and glo.therapeutics professional peel ranges which in our experience have been safe, effective and give the highest patient satisfaction. Our peels are mainly alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) based with our key resurfacing peels using Glycolic acid which is a natural constituent of sugar cane that exfoliates the skin by enhancing cell turnover, redistributes pigmentation, and reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles. We also use other types of AHA peels such as citric, lactic and mandelic to target specific concerns such as acne, dull skin and pigmentation disorders. Our TCA peel is a medium strength chemical peel is a highly effective treatment for improving the appearance of ageing skin. It smoothes wrinkles, lines, texture and stimulates fibroblasts as well as evens skin tone. For acne, spots, blocked pores and inflammation, our modified Jessner peel has a transformative effect on reducing the appearance of melasma, freckles and acne. Our alpha beta peel is also good for more mature acne prone skin. As all our treatments are fully bespoke, the peel treatment we provide will depend on a detailed skin assessment with our doctor.

Our skin refresher peels are excellent "lunch-time" peels which can be used as a pick me up. They use a lower strength peel to exfoliate skin cells and reveal healthier, smoother, plumper, firmer, less oily, and more even-toned skin with fewer acne blemishes. There is no downtime with these peels and are ideal as part of your skincare regime to achieve glowing and more radiant skin. Our medical peels are higher strength peels which combine a glycolic acid peel with another AHA to target specific skin complaints such as acne, scarring, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, melasma, rosacea, pseudofolliculitis barbae and keratosis pilaris. Your skin may appear dry and flakey for several days after the peel before the new layer of skin is revealed. Best results are achieved with a course of treatment every 4-6 weeks.

Our peels can be safely used on any skin colour to provide exfoliation, enhanced cell renewal, antiaging textural effects and reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation.

This depends on your skin condition and physiology but as a general guide: - Hyperpigmentation and acne-prone skin: 3-5 medical peels. - Deeper textural changes such as wrinkles and scarring: 4-6 medical peels. - Rosacea: 10-12 medical peels. The most severe skin problems can take longer to improve. Conditions such as deep acne scarring and sagging wrinkled skin may benefit from a combination of peels with treatments such as dermal fillers or collagen induction therapy to yield the best possible results for your skin.

Peel treatments should be administered once every 4 to 6 weeks for best results.

Retinoids and other exfoliants can increase skin sensitivity and reactivity. If you are on prescription medications, we recommend that under the direction of your dermatologist or GP, you should have discontinued use for at least 6 months prior to any chemical peel.

At first, your skin may be red and feel sensitive after the peel. With medical peels, some patients experience stinging, burning, itching, mild pain or discomfort, tightness, puffiness, crusting and peeling of the superficial layer of skin which is normal and expected. It is important to remember that unlike other peels, you may not see visible flaking or peeling of the skin but this does not mean that you will not achieve the desired results. The results of superficial peels can be seen straight away whereas those of the medical peel can take 5-8 days to be fully revealed.

Please note that you are paying for the treatment only and no guarantee is made of any outcome. Refunds cannot be given under any circumstances, as the product has been used and the service has been delivered.

This peel is ideal for rejuvenating ageing skin, smoothing blemishes or imperfections and evening skin tone. Our skin rejuvenating glycolic acid chemical peels range from 55-70% and are a highly exfoliating treatment which resurfaces and renews ageing skin. We combine our glycolic peel with a skin booster mandelic or citric acid peel to enhance its wrinkle smoothing, clarifying, brightening and sun-damage healing effects to give younger, glowing and firmer skin. Apart from some redness immediately after the procedure, there is no real downtime. In the following 3-5 days, skin will appear flakey as it desquamates but can easily be covered with moisturiser so you can get on with your life. You normally see a difference immediately after the peel and maximum effects after around 5-7 days. We use the Neostrata ProSystem rejuvenating peels which are 100% free acid peels. This maximises bioavailability and treats visible skin imperfections by exfoliating the dead skin layers and stimulating cell renewal for healthier looking skin.

Our trichloroacetic acid peels (TCA) are medium strength chemical peels which penetrate the deeper layers of the skin to resurface and rejuvenate ageing skin. The TCA chemical peel is great for improving skin discolouration and blemishes, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and smoothing skin texture. 2-3 days after the treatment, you will experience shedding of the skin and peeling which can last for up to a week. After the peeling stops, your skin will appear soft, smooth and revitalised.
We use the glo therapeutics TCA peel which is clinically proven to transform the skin by delivering a medium depth peel which is safe. The glo therapeutics range offers a systematic approach to treating multiple skin concerns by incorporating chemical peels with daily boosting products.

Our 30% clarifying peel is part of the Neostrata ProSystem and is formulated with mandelic acid (oil controlling AHA) and citric acid (antioxidant AHA). We combine it with a glycolic peel to enhance its skin clarifying properties. This peel is ideal for rejuvenating ageing skin, smoothing blemishes or imperfections and evening skin tone. Apart from some redness immediately after the procedure, there is no real down time.

Our triple action peel combines the clarifying, smoothing and brightening effects of Mandelic, citric and glycolic acid to to enhance skin clarity, treat dark spots and blemishes, mild to moderate acne, superficial acne scarring, keratoses and pseudofolliculitis. It additionally smoothes skin and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The results can be seen instantly although there maybe skin shedding for 3-5 days after which maximal effects can be seen.

Our modified Jessner Peel is formulated to rejuvenate and regenerate oily and acne-prone skin. It is effective at reducing the appearance of large pores and can also help to minimise the appearance of acne scaring. The Jessner peel is ideal for treating mild to severe acne, sun damage, discolouration and moderate wrinkles. It is a gentle peel with little down time. We also layer the Jessner with a Salicyclic peel where necessary. We use the glo therapeutics Jessner peel which uses a gentle and advanced formulation that works on spots, clogged pores and scarred skin to help resurface and rebuild the skin structure.

Our Salicyclic peel is an effective treatment for mild to severe acne. It cleanses pores, decongests skin follicles, reduces inflammation, targets acne causing bacteria and blemishes. We use the glo therapeutics 30% Salicyclic peel which depending on your skin problems maybe used alone or we may choose to combine it with a Jessner peel.

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