All skin peels involve application of acidic chemicals to cause shedding of the surface
layers of skin. The nature of treatments varies greatly from superficial to deep
Superficial chemical peels are generally carried out with alpha and beta hydroxy
acids (AHAs and BHAs) including glycolic acid. These peels directly affect the superficial
part of the skin called the epidermis. A series of these peels is generally required
to achieve the desired effects. The risk of side effects is low and there is no significant
recovery time following the procedure.
We use the Agera Medical range of skin peels which contain salicylic acid, lactic
acid, citric acid and vitamin C.
Medium depth peels cause a deeper injury to the skin extending to the dermis. Whilst
a single medium depth peel can have a significant impact, the risk of side effects/
complications is much higher and the recovery time is usually a week or more. We
do not routinely perform medium depth peels as we believe that for most patients
the same improvements may be achieved with a course of superficial peels at no greater
expense and with less risk of side effects or interference with daily living.
Deep chemical peels are used for the treatment of deep wrinkles and acne scarring.
CO2 or Erbium laser resurfacing is an alternative treatment for these problems and
more commonly used in the UK. The risk of side effects/complications from these treatments
is high and the recovery periods are long. We do not offer these treatments at Shropshire
Skin Clinic but will advise patients when this approach is suitable and refer to
an appropriate specialist with experience in this area.
We use skin peels in the treatment of clients with active acne, superficial/recent
acne scarring, irregular pigmentation including melasma, fine lines and those with
lacklustre, sundamaged and tired skin. The peels are usually carried out as part
of a combination treatment with microdermabrasion and use of the Agera Medical product
range. These treatments are well tolerated and there is no significant recovery time:
Clients may look a little flushed in the face for a few hours.