Glycolic acid peels
Glycolic acid peels refresh the skin by reducing the build-up of cells in the lower skin levels. This is one of the mildest forms of chemical skin peel and is particularly useful for treating sun damaged skin, shallow scars and premature ageing.
The glycolic acid treatment that we use at The Devonshire Clinic is extremely effective at penetrating the skin but does not cause many of the side effects often associated with other skin peel acids.
We recommend a series of chemical skin peel treatments. Once the appearance of your skin has improved, regular maintenance treatments will help to maintain your skin in the best condition possible. In between treatments we will recommend a personalised skin care routine for you to follow at home to aid skin regeneration, reduce redness and to make the impact of your glycolic acid skin peel longer lasting
A glycolic acid peel does not hurt, although you may experience a tingling or stinging sensation while the peel is in place and your skin may redden temporarily. Most people find that they can have their glycolic acid skin peel in their lunch hour, returning to work with only a healthy glow.
Trichloroacetic acid peels
Trichloroacetic acid peels, or TCA peels, are available at our London, Harley Street clinic. We describe treatment with TCA as a medium chemical peel because chemicals used act on the mid-layer of the skin. It is a more intense treatment compared to a glycolic acid skin peel.
Because TCA peels affect these deeper layers, the treatment can successfully reduce acne scars and treat sun damage as well as smoothing wrinkles and evening out skin tone.
As this is a more intense treatment, the skin will appear reddened for several days after your peel.
Chemical Peel for Acne Scarring
If other acne treatments are not successful our consultants may recommend a deep chemical peel. As a more intense treatment, TCA peels can help treat and reduce acne scars. Moderate chemical peels are not usually offered for acne scars as these do not penetrate the skin as deeply as TCA peels. Deep peels, such as the TCA peel works by breaking down proteins in the skin and stimulating the production of collagen which helps to regenerate the skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars.
The TCA peel involves adding a solution to the skin, after a few days the skin will blister and peel, replacing the treated skin with fresh, new skin. In the long term, skin is smoother with fewer blemishes and acne scars. Depending on the severity of your acne scarring more than one chemical peel may be recommended.