The London Dermatology Centre (Cambridge) clinic offers a range of chemical peels suitable for different conditions affecting the skin on the face and other parts of the body. A Chemical peel is a solution applied to the skin, used as an exfoliating cosmetic treatment. You can keep your skin texture and tone fresh by having a skin peel. Skin peels are ideal treatments for fine lines, acne scarring, active acne, photoaging, pigmentation problems and for lightening the skin. Skin Peels work by removing dead skin cells from the top layer of skin and encouraging new ones to grow. This leads to a fresher, more glowing complexion. During your first appointment, a full clinical assessment of your skin will be performed and any issues relating to your treatment will be discussed by you and your consultant. One of our experienced aesthetic specialists will guide you through the different treatment options and help you to decide on your preferred peel that will give you the best results.
The Obagi Blue Peel® is a unique skin and facial peel that utilises a substance known as trichloroacetic acid (TCA). The application is personalised to the needs of each patient to precisely control the depth of exfoliation required. The blue colour in the base is applied to the face as a safeguard to enable the practitioner to see the depth of application to the skin. It will also reveal the areas that need more or less of the base peel. The peels are variable in the depth and can be used on all skin types. Furthermore, this skin peel is not limited to the face- it can also be effective on the neck, chest, hands and arms. The depth of the peel is dependent on the primary skin condition to be treated. There are 2 main layers of the skinthe epidermis which is the top layer, and the dermis- the middle layer. Skin thickness is classified as thin, thick and normal.
The Obagi Blue Peel® is used to resurface the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of the following
The procedure takes up to half an hour depending on the area that needs coverage. The depth of the peel is dependent on the primary skin condition to be treated. Skin peels range from superficial, medium and deep. The time for healing differs from person to person.
Light exfoliation (superficial skin peel): Light exfoliation skin peel reduces fine lines, large pores, open comedones (blackheads) and minor skin pigmentation problems. This will penetrate the epidermis (the top layer of skin.).
Deep exfoliation (medium skin peel): Deep exfoliation skin peel can be applied for deeper lines, acne scarring correction and pigmentation problems. This penetrates the epidermis to the basal (middle) layers of the skin, so it is moderate in depth.
Standard Blue Peel (deep skin peel): This deep skin peel is used for marked pigmentation and deep acne scarring problems as well as deep lines and wrinkles. The skin peel penetrates the papillary dermis, which is deeper than the epidermis.
Designed Blue Peel (deep skin peel): This skin peel is used for very deep pigmentation variances and acne scarring that is resistant to less invasive peels. This deep peel penetrates what’s known as the reticular dermis, lying deeper than the papillary dermis. This treatment is ideal for patients who are searching for an in-depth skin peel. The results of deep skin peels are long-lasting.
After your treatment, you will be given detailed information that is specific to your aftercare. You will be prescribed aftercare products to protect and moisturise your skin as part of the healing process. You will be able to contact a specialist member of the team for any queries that you may have. You will then be seen again in a follow-up appointment about 10 to 15 days after the procedure. In this appointment, the practitioner at the Cambridge clinic will assess your recovery, and the effect of the peel and provide you with an opportunity to ask any further questions and receive further clinical instructions. The deeper the peel, the longer the healing process will take.
The Glycolic Peel is a skin and facial peel that stimulates the production of collagen and elastin by clearing the superficial layer of dead skin that gives a dull complexion. A substance called glycolic acid or alpha-hydroxy acid is the chemical in the peel that gently removes the top layer of skin. The exfoliation process removes the dead skin cells revealing the softer, smoother, healthier skin below. The peel is mild and used in conjunction with prescribed skin preparations as part of the treatment regimen to give you rejuvenated skin and a healthy glow to your complexion.
The Glycolic Peel is frequently used to target fine lines and wrinkles, to even out skin discolouration and improve skin texture. The skin peel is also effective in reducing the appearance of acne scarring and sunspots.
Mesoeclat is a skin and facial peel system made up of salicylic Acid and a further pre and post-peel supplement that are continued at home as part of the course to reveal new healthy younger-looking skin. The peel strips away the top layer of skin to reveal the smoother, fresher skin below. After the facial peel, skin looks refreshed with fewer wrinkles and firmer facial skin.
The Mesoeclat skin peel consists of three complementary systems: Mesoeclat solution, Mesoeclat ampoule and the Mesoeclat cream. These systems aim to stimulate the renewal of the epidermis (the upper layer of skin), increase the luminosity of the skin, deeply moisturise the skin and eliminate the signs of wrinkles and fine lines.
Each one of the Mesoeclat skin peel systems contains different ingredients designed to produce different effects. The solution contains salicylic and azelaic acids to exfoliate the skin and stimulate skin cell renewal. The Mesoeclat ampoule contains a combination of organic silicon with glycosaminoglycans, L-Carnitine and lipoic acid. The antioxidants in the ampoule have strong growth and moisturising action. The Mesoeclat cream contains kojic acid as well as hydrolysed milk and wheat proteins. The kojic acid has a gentle skin whitening action which helps restore luminosity to the skin. The hydrolysed proteins revitalise skin cells to prevent the signs of premature ageing.
The Perfect Peel is suitable for all skin types and is applied as a facial peel, or as a skin peel to the neck, chest and hands. It can also be applied to other areas of the body, if this is something you are interested in please discuss this with your aesthetic practitioner at the Cambridge clinic. The Perfect Peel utilises a unique formula to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne as well as lightening Melasma, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Using a combination of acids The Perfect Peel will deliver outstanding results after just one treatment, where your overall skin tone and complexion will appear smoother, fresher and more glowing. A series of 2 to 3 treatments applied once every 4 weeks will allow for optimum results for more severe skin conditions such as Melasma and active acne.
The Perfect Peel will help erase fine lines and wrinkles, reduce enlarged pores, and help build collagen and elastin which in turn help to tighten and firm the skin. In addition, it will reduce or even eliminate hyperpigmentation and Melasma. Acne and acne scars can be dramatically improved but may require 3 to 4 treatments for optimum results. The treatment fights free radical damage to remove discoloration due to sun damage and even out overall skin tone and complexion.
Following your treatment, your skin will appear red, like a sunburn, or slightly darker. The amount of skin peeling associated with The Perfect Peel is mainly a sloughing of thin sheets of epidermis skin. The Perfect Peel home care moisturiser (included with each peel) will reduce the visibility of peeling by hydrating the upper layer of skin.
Chemical skin and facial peels are generally considered safe when done by a qualified medical practitioner. Skin can potentially remain permanently darkened or lightened. Skin will be more sensitive to the sun when healing, so your medical aesthetic practitioner will advise you to wear sunscreen after the procedure for approximately a month.
The Cambridge clinic offers a range of chemical skin and facial peels- be it for treating the face or other areas of the body such as the neck, shoulders and hands. A skin peel, such as a facial peel, is applied to the skin in the form of a solution, it removes dead skin cells and stimulates new cell growth. Chemical peels vary between superficial, medium and deep. Your practitioner at the Cambridge clinic can advise you on which skin peel is most well-suited to your aesthetic needs. The skin and facial peels we stock are Obagi blue, which can be offered at degrees of lighter to much deeper skin exfoliation, Glycolic peel, Mesoeclat and The Perfect Peel. Overall effects, including healing time, are proportional to the depth of exfoliation. Our team in Cambridge will ensure to take the utmost care of your skin and provide you with a maintenance regimen following your cosmetic treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about our chemical peels, feel free to get in touch with a member of our clinical team.