POSTED: 27 Sep 2016


Chemical peels and Collagen Induction Therapy are two skin treatments that are increasing in popularity. This is due to the huge potential to produce younger and healthier looking skin. They also treat common problems such as acne scarring and pigmentation. Although both skin treatments have been around for a long time, you will get best results by seeing an expert. We’ve put together this blog post to provide an overview of these treatments. We also guide you through how they can help you achieve healthier, younger and more beautiful skin.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are solutions which can be applied to your skin. They react with the outermost layer of the skin called the epidermis. This essentially removes many of the layers of dead skin by speeding up the turnover process thus encouraging the growth of newer younger-looking skin underneath. Hence they reveal a layer of the skin which has less evidence of ageing, wrinkles, sun damage, scarring and pigmentation.

There is no down time associated with superficial peels. As such, these can be used as part of clinical facials to give an instant radiance with ongoing improvement to skin texture. Deeper peels remove more of the keratinised layer of (dead) skin. As such clients may experience ongoing shedding of skin for up to a week until the final result is visible. In experienced hands, different chemical peel combinations can be used to target specific areas of concern such as spots or acne, scarring, sun damage, rosacea and pigmentation/discolouration as well as simultaneously reducing the signs of ageing.

Collagen Induction Therapy

Collagen Induction Therapy (also known as microneedling) is increasingly becoming the ultimate skin care treatment for reducing wrinkles, plumping and firming up skin, treating acne scarring and stretch marks.

It works by using a dermaroller device to create small microchannels in the skin. This  stimulates fibroblasts to deposit more collagen which improves the quality of the skin. It does so by increasing elasticity whilst tightening and firming up the skin. This process is similar to fractional laser therapy but associated with less recovery time. It can also be used to deliver micronutrients to your skin. Hence further optimising the effect of collagen induction.

One of the biggest advantages of collagen induction therapy is that it can also be used to treat stretch marks and acne scarring. This requires a course of several treatments. Microneedling is incredibly versatile. Like chemical peels, it can be used on a a variety of areas of the body and skin tones. You can normally see improvements within 24 hours and the results are long lasting.

Combination Skin Treatments

Chemical Peels and Collagen Induction Therapy can be used separately to treat specific skin problems. This includes acne, scarring, stretch marks, pigmentation and wrinkles. Additionally both therapies can combined such as in the treatment of acne scarring or stretch marks. In this way, chemical peels can resurface the skin and whilst collagen induction therapy stimulates collagen production for optimal results.

Not only do they treat a variety of conditions such as pigmentation, acne scarring and stretch marks, but Chemical peels and microneedling also work incredibly well as an anti-ageing treatment. Additionally they can boost your skin for glowing and healthy looking complexion. At City Skin Clinic we have experience in using these treatments and have optimised them so that they can be used to design bespoke skin treatments for our clients. For information please visit our Chemical Peels, Collagen Induction Therapy and Advanced Clinical Facials pages.

Authored by:

Dr Amel Ibrahim
Aesthetic Doctor & Medical Director
Founder City Skin Clinic
Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Associate Member of British Association of Body Sculpting GMC Registered - 7049611

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