Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

Peels can be offered as part of a bespoke treatment plan

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world, and were originally performed in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to help people achieve smoother, more youthful complexions. Today, chemical facial peels are popular because they offer nearly immediate results and can be performed as a quick no downtime cosmetic procedure.

Revive your complexion with a range of expertly-formulated, deep-acting skin peels. A skin peel can rejuvenate your skin to reveal more youthful, softer and smoother looking skin without any of the side effects associated with heavier peels or invasive surgery.

At Before the Lines we use a specific formula for your chemical peel based on the characteristics of your skin and your desired result. A lighter chemical peel is used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation, and acne. The solution used for light chemical peels is usually comprised of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic, or fruit acids. These peels are ideal for people who want the benefits of a facial peel but do not wish to spend the time required to recover from a deeper peel.

How does a chemical peel work?

Skin peel treatments exfoliate the skin and encourage it to refresh itself by creating new skin cells . They also stimulate the skin’s natural collagen targeting the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Skin peel treatments make use of acids and enzymes to exfoliate away layers of the skin to reveal clearer, more youthful looking skin beneath the surface leaving you with an instant fresher appearance.

The powerful blend of ingredients in skin peels work to visibly reduce the appearance of open pores, remove dead skin cells, target blemishes, acne, pigmentation, and visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure is used all over the world to treat skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne, hyper-pigmentation and sun damage and the results are very impressive.

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.

Who are Chemical Peels suitable for?

Our rage of skin peels treats a variety of conditions such as:

* Pigmentation which can be caused by sun damage, ageing or superficial scarring.
* Uneven Skin Tone
* Mild or moderate acne
* Fine lines and wrinkles
* Dull complexion

When can I expect to see results?

You will results instantly as  your skin appears clearer and brighter immediately after treatment. Over the continued weeks you will continue to see that clogged pores and pimples start to disappear. As a continued course you will start to notice that dark skin tones  appear lighter and fine lines and wrinkles will gradually start to diminish.

Everyone improves at a different rate – some see immediate results, others take a little longer. Be patient with yourself as skin cellular turnover is usually 30 – 40 days . Your skin will continue to improve over a course of treatments

The good thing is although a course is recommended to maximise results, no real commitment is needed, so if you decide that you do not want to come back 4-6 weeks after a treatment then that is completely fine.

What should I expect after treatment?

After a skin peel, you should expect shiny, ultra-clean skin and a radiant glow for a few days afterwards.

You will have a natural glow for three days. On day four or five after the peel, you shed individual skin cells, so the skin can look slightly dryer and you can have some mild flaking from day three to five.

The only thing you have to be careful of is sun damage. Post peel your skin is sensitive to UV so make sure you use a high SPF on your face (you should be doing that anyway)!

What should I be doing after treatment?

  • Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen.
    For 48 hours after a peel, try to avoid direct exposure to the sun as much as possible. And always use a sunscreen of SPF 30.
  • Don’t use make-up immediately after a peel.
    You don’t want to add layers of foundation or powder on your skin right after you’ve done a peel. Give it some rest and if you have to, apply light make-up a day after the peel.
  • Don’t sweat or exercise for 12 hours after a peel.
    Excessive sweating may cause itchiness and you don’t want to over-stress your skin by getting it dirty and sweaty through exercise.
  • Avoid using AHA/BHA or Retinol products for 48 hours.
    For at least a day after a glycolic peel, you should not use any glycolic acid, lactic acid or salicylic acid creams/lotions. Don’t use any retinoid-based treatments like Retin-A, Differin or Tazorac. You should also avoid using topical acne medication like benzoyl peroxide if possible.
  • Don’t shave.
    Don’t shave any area where a peel has been applied at least until 24 hours has passed. You don’t want to irritate the skin, especially when the old layers of skin are hardening to drop off from your body or face
  • Moisturise.
    To avoid excessive flakiness and dryness of the skin after a glycolic peel, you may want to use a non-comedone moisturiser. A botanical healing oil like argan, emu, jojoba or rosehip oil can be used as moisturizers, although they may not be appropriate if you have acne prone skin.