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Chemical Peels

If your skin is looking tired, dull, sun damaged and generally in need of a gentle boost to help it look fresh and revived, then you might want to consider an I PEEL chemical peel – also known as skin peel – from the I IMAGE Skincare range at the Carnaby Laser Clinic and Academy.

We use I IMAGE Skincare chemical peels because, as well as offering superficial to medium depth peels that provide fantastic results with minimal peeling, each product is targeted at specific skin concerns so that you can have a treatment that is exactly right for your skin. You can expect:

  • A gentle peel targeted to your individual needs
  • Effective, noticeable results
  • Improve your skin tone & texture
  • Reduce fine lines, wrinkles & areas of pigmentation
  • Can be used with the I ENHANCE range for longer-lasting results

The key benefits of chemical peels

Although there are many skincare products on the market aimed at rejuvenating and refreshing your skin, chemical peels have a number of important benefits:

  • The ideal formulation for your skin type and/or concerns
  • Non-invasive
  • Gently remove skin imperfections and stimulate skin cell renewal
  • Noticeable results that can be enhanced by your at-home skincare regime
  • Low risk and minimal side effects

This treatment is ideal for active acne, acne scars, Rosacea, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun spots and skin cell renewal.

Chemical Peels FAQs

As the name would suggest, with a chemical peel we apply a special formulation that includes a chemical such as glycolic acid to your skin. This solution gently exfoliates and removes the damaged surface layers of skin to reveal the new and healthy cells underneath. As a result, chemical peels can reduce areas of hyperpigmentation, redness associated with rosacea, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, and other skin issues, leaving your skin looking refreshed and radiant.

Different strength skin peels are available. Superficial peels concentrate on the outer layers of the skin and cause minimal peeling, whereas medium peels penetrate deeper within the dermis and may cause more peeling. Deep peels cause severe peeling and some downtime. Here at Carnaby Laser Clinic and Academy, we offer superficial to medium depth peels from I IMAGE Skincare’s I PEEL range.

Some skin peels should only be administered by a suitably trained aesthetic practitioner. This is because the chemicals in these peels are strong enough to cause skin damage if not applied correctly. By having a professional-strength skin peel, you can benefit from being given the right treatment for your individual skin concerns and receive targeted advice about enhancing the results with your at-home skincare routine.
You may only need a single peel for your skin to look noticeably improved. Many people choose to have a fresh peel each time they feel their skin needs a boost. If you choose to have a superficial peel, we may recommend a course of three to five peels to give you the best results.
The results of your treatment will depend on the depth of the peel. You should experience the benefits of a superficial peel for between one and two months; the results of medium peels typically last for longer, but may require several days’ downtime post-treatment if you feel self-conscious about peeling.
Dermatologists have been performing chemical peels for more than 50 years, although the use of certain food acids for peeling purposes dates back to the Ancient Egyptians. Due to the prevalence of skin peels, they are supported by extensive research and an excellent safety record.

Although superficial to medium peels are well tolerated by all skin types, it is important to seek treatment from an experienced aesthetic professional who can identify the best peel for you.

Superficial peels

If you have a superficial skin peel, you will probably feel a mild stinging sensation when the peel is applied and your face may look slightly pink after the solution is removed. It’s common for your face to take on a blotchy appearance, which will self-correct within a couple of hours. Some people experience mild peeling while others see no peeling at all.

Occasionally, people experience hyperpigmentation as the result of a superficial peel, although you can help to protect against this by wearing a high factor sunscreen after your treatment. In rare cases, people have reported skin infections or an outbreak of cold sores – if you’re a cold sore sufferer, do let us know in advance.


Medium depth peels

With slightly stronger, medium depth peels you may experience some redness, as well as a burning and stinging sensation for 30 minutes to an hour post-treatment.

Over the next few days, your face may turn darker brown in colour with streaks of white appearing amongst the brown. Your skin will then start to peel, lasting over a five- to six-day period, during which time it may feel quite itchy. After the peeling, your skin may initially look quite red but gradually fade to a fresh pink tone.

Apply a high factor sunscreen to protect against brown spots of hyperpigmentation. In very rare cases – usually at the hands of an inexperienced practitioner – scarring has been reported but is extremely unlikely in the right hands.

We will give you detailed aftercare instructions following a chemical peel, depending on the type of peel you choose. With all peels, remember to wear a high factor sunscreen to protect your newly exposed skin from sun damage.

About The I PEEL Range

This is a self-neutralising salicylic acid peel, which provides smoother skin, immediate oil reduction, and the reduction of active acne within 24 hours of application. This is an excellent treatment for moderate to severe acne breakouts.
This is a powerful AHA and Kojic Acid blend in an aloe gel base; the peel targets and corrects all forms of pigmentation to leave your skin tone looking even and radiant. Lightens pigmentation and reduces the redness of rosacea.
This is a non-chemical peel, which blends papaya, pineapple and mango to naturally rebalance, regenerate and restore your skin using organic ingredients known to have medical effectiveness. The Ormedic Lift includes organic aloe vera as the base with pumpkin pulp as an exfoliator. Polypeptides provide maximum rejuvenation and hyaluronic acid adds moisture.
This is a self-neutralising ‘next generation’ peel, which features a blend of advanced exfoliating and revitalising ingredients that rejuvenate and are proven to repair moderate to severe acne, signs of ageing, and pigmentation concerns.
This peel blends TCA, salicylic acid and retinol to aggressively treat the signs of ageing and sun damaged skin. It also stimulates collagen production to correct wrinkles and improve the appearance of acne scarring.
This is I PEEL’s signature treatment – the peel blends vitamin C with alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, and gentle yet effective enzymes to speed up your cellular turnover. In turn, this will lighten, tighten and brighten your skin, and is an excellent treatment option for rosacea or sensitive skin. Contains anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness, as well as hyaluronic acid to boost hydration.
This peel contains an ultra-resurfacing blend of glycolic and retinol, which visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin looking firm and revitalised. This is a fantastic peel to correct, repair and rejuvenate ageing skin.

Chemical peels at the Carnaby Laser Clinic and Academy

Our staff have been through extensive training and have hands-on experience of administering I PEEL chemical peels, many of them within a Harley Street clinic setting.

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