Chemical Peels

The buzzword in beauty is skin ‘remodelling’ – and now, thanks to a new generation of chemical peels, we can treat everything from deep wrinkles, to acne and rosacea.

  • While a chemical ‘peel’ is certainly not the most pleasant-sounding treatment, it really isn’t as bad as it sounds – and it’s definitely one of the most effective procedures for skin rejuvenation.

    Yes, chemicals are involved, but these range from gentle plant compounds (such as glycolic and salicylic acid) to lift away dead skin cells and brighten the complexion, to more intensive acids (such as mandelic acid, pyruvic acid, and resorcinol). The latter work to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin to target pigmentation and wrinkles.

    Here at Helen Taylor Aesthetics, we use a new generation of chemical peels known as ‘EnerPeels’. What these do is remodel the skin from the inside, breaking down old fibres and boosting the production of new skin tissue.

  • The compounds in the chemical peels we use penetrate the dermal layer, dissolving old skin cells and stimulating collagen production and fibroblast activity – the skin’s natural repair mechanisms. The treatments also boost the production of hyaluronic acid, which moisturises and plumps the skin.

    Ideal for anyone who’d like a lift – whether that’s a gentle peel to exfoliate the skin, or a deep peel to treat hyperpigmentation, scarring or wrinkles – without resorting to the scalpel, these treatments can reduce the sings of ageing on the hands and neck, too.

    Those with rosacea and acne will also notice an improvement to their conditions by undergoing a tailored chemical peel which will get to work on any issues.

  • Chemical peels are a relatively straight-forward procedure. An acid solution – tailored to your specific skin needs – is gently brushed onto the skin, before being left to work its magic. Depending on the area and condition we’re treating, the peel can be left on the skin for 10 minutes to half an hour, and anaesthetic is not required.

    During this time, you may feel a slight tingling sensation, but the procedure shouldn’t be painful. Thanks to its unique technology, the acids in EnerPeels remain inert until they have penetrated deep into the skin, which means irritation of the top layer is minimised.

    Once the solution has taken effect, it will be neutralised, before a soothing gel is applied to reduce any inflammation. Taking no more than 45 minutes from start to finish, the procedure – depending on which peel you opt to try – may leave you with some slight redness, so it’s always best to schedule the treatment when you have a clear diary.

  • If you’ve opted for a mild peel to brighten your complexion, you should see this take affect more or less straight away. As the dead skin cells are lifted, younger, brighter skin can be revealed. Your unique results will be visible for three or four months, with a sensitivity period of just 24 to 72 hours after your treatment.

    As always, there is a risk of infection or skin irritation.

    When treating issues like pigmentation, you’re likely to see a gradual change over the course of three to four treatments. Regardless of the peel, you’ll need to wear an SPF of at least 30 after your treatment, as your skin will temporarily be more sun-sensitive. Plus, you won’t want to underdo the results.

    The acids in EnerPeels aren’t activated until they penetrate the dermal layer, which means we can also introduce other prescriptive ingredients into the peel, without them being destroyed.

    If acne is an issue, for instance, we can add blemish-busting, anti-bacterial treatments to treat your condition. For rosacea, anti-inflammatory and anti-reddening ingredients can be helpful, while anti-ageing ingredients can also be added for a skin-nourishing lift. You’ll always receive a bespoke treatment here at Helen Taylor Aesthetics and we can aprescribe a range of highly effective skin products from the Tebiskin range. The skincare works in conjunction with your peel and contain the same ingredients we use in the procedure – just in a weaker formulation.

    By using these products in advance of your peel, you’ll be helping to prepare the skin, reducing the risk of sensitivity and maximising results.