Chemical peels are a more traditional skin treatment which is designed to exfoliate the skin through application of acid-based products.
The objective is to improve the skin’s condition and complexion by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, oil and grime.
They have been popular for a number of years, but at Quinn Clinics, we no longer offer chemical peels. The simple reason is that technological advancements mean that there are now treatments that are superior to peels in a number of ways:
1. Safer – high tech facials such as HydraFacial offer ‘no downtime’ results with very little risk at all. They are much safer than using chemicals and produce an instant glow without fear of redness or peeling at all. More intensive treatments may have short term side effects such as redness or peeling; but these tend to be more predictable and even than can be the case with peels
2. Effective – treatments such as laser/IPL, CO2 or fractional radiofrequency can offer excellent results in improving the condition of the skin. The results are intensive and rival those of ‘deep’ peels with reduced risk and downtime
3. Versatile – just as peels come in a variety of strengths, the range of high tech facials and treatments offers options to work at every level, from a quick refresher to in-depth treatment with significant results
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Frequently Asked Questions – Chemical Peel
What are Chemical Skin Peels?
Chemical peels involve applying a chemical agent to the skin, producing a “controlled injury” which leads to skin rejuvenation. Peels vary in depth from superficial to deep. The deeper the peel the greater the potential for skin rejuvenation but also for down time and side effects.
Quinn Clinics now offers a range of safer and more effective alternatives.
What are they used for?
Chemical peels are used to improve the tone and texture of the skin. They can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as pigmentation. They can also help control acne although they would not be considered first line for this purpose.
The high tech treatment alternatives offer similar benefits but are safer and more predictable.
What are the side effects?
Side effects are very much dependant in the depth of the peel. Superficial peels produce transient skin redness lasting up to a few hours. Deeper peels may produce shedding or peeling of the skin and more prolonged redness and people might expect to take a week off work after a very intensive peel.
By comparison, even the most intense high tech treatments tend to involve less in the way of side-effects and downtime; yet still deliver outstanding results.