[guest post] Chemical peels: what are they and how do they work?

1 January 2018

Happy new year readers! Is anyone nursing a sore head this today? I kept it low key. I know today is super early but I wanted to get straight back into it with blogging and I have a guest post to share with you on skincare. I'm mainly sharing because I'm going through a series of skin peels myself, but want to wait until the end of my treatment so share my views. Until then please enjoy this post by John about chemical peels and how they work.


In the era of viral YouTube videos where people can’t peel off their face masks, it may seem tedious to see another post about any facial treatment, after all, we’ve seen what knock-off brands can do. But one overlooked procedure that’s a professional and safe step-up from that black peel off horror is chemical peels. Yes, the word ‘chemical’ sounds scary but actually this procedure may be the solution to acne and uneven skin tones and blemishes.

 A chemical peel is made up of alpha hydroxyl acids, trichloroacetic acid or phenol. It sounds scary, but in reality, it can have some amazing results and a cleanse that over the counter products just cannot achieve.

Chemical peels are liquids that are used to overall improve the skin on your face. The solution is brushed lightly over your face and left to set and that’s when the magic happens. Its main purpose above all else is to remove old and dead skin cells to let new ones grow. There are different intensities of chemical peels from light procedures, which just remove the top layer of your skin, to deep chemical peels which affect a few layers of your skin and are a lot more expensive and slightly more complicated. A deep chemical peel is primarily used for people wanting to get rid of shallow scar tissue because it penetrates a few layers of the skin and gets rid of all the damaged skin cells which grouped together cause scars to look the way they do.

Depending on what you’re wanting to treat and what your budget is, you may want to opt for a middle option of a medium chemical peel that’s perfect for smoothing out wrinkles and minimising or stopping acne.

Though a deep chemical peel may sound like a good idea to give yourself the ultimate skin cleansing pamper, it can leave you with red and swollen skin for a while before new skin grows again. When having a deep chemical peel, the skin can stay red for up to three months and it is recommended that makeup is not worn during the healing time.  

Chemical peels can cost from around £60-£100 dependent on the area you live in and which of the three chemical peels you choose to have done. Always consult the practitioner about the price before agreeing to the procedure.

One thing is for certain when choosing to go for a chemical peel; choose a professional, clean and experienced place. Choosing a professional means minimising the risk of infection (this increases if you opt for a deep chemical peel). Make sure whoever you go to has a lot of experience and has completed all the right courses and training required to perform chemical peels.

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