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How do skin peels work?

Skin peels, or chemical peels, have been used for literally centuries. Even the Ancient Egyptians were partial to their rejuvenating and skin-levelling properties, and they have continued to be a popular treatment even now. Skin peels are available in many different concentrations and concoctions, with different components added to them to suit different skin types. Because they can be customised like this, you find it difficult to understand how they actually work and which is best for your skin. Let Skin Doctor Clinics in Leeds and York shed some light on skin peels and how they improve your skin!


A quick overview

Broadly speaking, skin peels use differing amounts of acids and ingredients to create a controlled wounding on the surface of the skin. These acids work by removing dead, dying, and damaged cells from the skin’s surface to reveal fresher skin beneath. Their strengths vary from light to deep, with different concentrations penetrating different layers. This controlled wounding prompts the body to create new skin cells to heal and replace those exfoliated away. This young skin creates a fresh, even, and glowing complexion. By stimulating the body’s natural healing and regeneration processes, skin peels also trigger the production of new collagen. This is a protein essential to skin volume, laxity, and firmness. Skin peels are not only great for treating problem skin and oil conditions, but they also soften fine lines and wrinkles.


High-street skin peels vs. in-clinic peels

Skin peels are very popular, so popular even that they’ve been adapted and diluted for public consumption on the high-street. You can now buy a chemical peel straight off the shop shelves, but we wouldn’t recommend this. Their concentration of acid and ingredients has been greatly diluted for public safety and use, so you’re not achieving more than a very light exfoliation when you use one. Your skin may feel soft, but you won’t see long-lasting or effective results. In our doctor-led clinic, we’re able to perform peels that only medical professionals are able to, ensuring you receive specialist treatment and, very importantly, specialist aftercare.


What skin conditions do they treat?

Because skin peels are so versatile and customisable, you’ll probably struggle to find a skin condition they don’t treat! Lighter peels are ideal for blemishes, uneven skin tone, skin refreshment and toning. They reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while performing a ‘deep clean’ of the skin, promoting a positive skin cell turnover.


For problematic skin, skin peels can regulate oil production while minimising pore size and drying out existing acne spots. They remove the dead skin cells that are blocking your pores, allowing your skin to breathe and clear naturally. These cells will also be dulling your complexion, so by removing them we promote a youthful and fresh-faced glow.


As well as spots, skin peels are great for skin conditions previously regarded as permanent or untouchable. Hyperpigmentation, melasma, and dark pregnancy spots can be softened and releveled with one of our specialist skin peels. Deeper peels are able to target stretch marks, mild acne scarring, and deep skin remodelling, so they’re not just for spot-prone or oily skin.


Professional, doctor-led skincare

Skin peels are the perfect addition to your skincare routine. While sometimes they are regarded as only for problematic skin, they are also used for just a good old-fashioned cleansing. With strengths and abilities tailored to your needs, we have a skin peel to suit the fussiest and most unreliable skin. Book your doctor-led consultation by enquiring online today.