Introduction to Skin Peels

There are many different skin peels available at our clinic in Bristol, depending on your skin type and the type of results you want. As a whole, skin peels are used as a powerful exfoliant to leave skin feeling fresh and renewed. 

The general misconception is that skin peels burn your skin or leave it sore and red. But this is very uncommon. 

Skin peels and facials are a way of deeply exfoliating the skin to boost cell renewal and leave skin looking and feeling radiant. 

As a well-established Bristol aesthetic clinic, we offer a range of skin peels that can help improve skins texture, fine lines and discolouration. Providing before and after guides to ensure you receive optimal results. 

New to skin Peels? Researching about skin peels for Scars?

New to skin peels? No problem, here’s an overview of some of the most popular skin peels available.

We often have people enquiring whether skin peels is the best solution for treating acne and scars. Here at Harbour Lily Laser Clinic in Bristol, we take more complex approach when it comes to treating acne scarring.

Treatment course for acne and acne scarring would include skin peel and laser treatment. 

Both are skin rejuvenation treatments, which treat damaged and compromised areas of face (or body) and promote skin regeneration.

Skin peels that we offer at Harbour Lily Clinic use acid solutions of different strengths to treat the outer skin layer.

Medium skin peels, such as Glycolic Acid and TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) are more intrusive and they penetrate into the middle and outer skin layers.

For example, a skin peels with a strong TCA ( Trichloroacetic acid ) can provide a similar finish to a laser skin resurfacing treatment. 

What we found, that combination of both peel and laser skin treatment can improve acne and acne scars dramatically.

Cosmetic skin peel treatments that are used at Harbour Lily Bristol Skin Clinic are proven to effectively, and, most importantly, safely, solve acne and acne scarring problems.

The good news is that Chemical skin treatments for acne can be continued with home care programme, which we individually design for each client, depending on severity of the skin condition and skin type.

Home care is a great way to maintain the post-treatment results and skin’s appearance.

Medium, superficial and deep skin peel types.

Although TCA Skin peels is not as strong as a Phenol, it can cause unwanted changes in skin colour. 

Therefore here at our Bristol clinic, we feel it is extremely important to have a thorough in-depth consultation with the Aesthetic Therapist. Aesthetician will be able to assess the skin, problem area and prescribe an appropriate treatmemt.

The superficial skin peels usually contain alpha-hydroxy acid (or glycolic acid), beta-hydroxy acids (or salicylic acid), lactic acid and the superficial Jessner skin Peel.

Surface skin peels provide a fresher, smoother skin surface, and are extremely effective in improving various skin conditions , such as acne and clogged pores, melasma, certain types of skin pigmentation, sun damaged skin, fine lines and skin irregularities.

Skin peels that contain glycolic or salicylic acid are the types of peel most commonly used for the treatment of acne.

Clients with all levels of natural pigmentation are at slight risk of developing brown pigmentation following a skin peels, therefore are treated with special care.

What Else Can Skin Peels Treat

Skin peels are also used to treat wrinkles, discolouration and scarring – usually on the face.

Your aesthetic therapist may recommend a deep skin peels if you have deeper, more prominent wrinkles, lines or face scars.

In order to reduce skin’s exposure to phenols, a deep skin peels is performed in 10 – 20 minutes, under a controlled supervision of your Aesthetic Therapist.

Surface skin peels are usually really well tolerated and the side effects depend on the type of skin peels. 

Here at Harbour Lily Clinic in Bristol, we offer a pre and post-procedure advise and support, as well as provide each client with the detailed aftercare instructions.

Because skin peels removes the protective layers of the skin, your skin is much more vulnerable and susceptible to react to sunlight in a different way. 

We strongly advise to use SPF 50 and it has to be a broad spectrum sun protection, which should be re-applied every 5 hours.

Moderate level skin peels usually use trichloroacetic acid (TCA ) in a 35 – 50 percent concentration, which enables the peel to penetrate deeper into the skin, not just at the superficial skin layer.

Down Time Following Skin Peels

Acne scars can vary as much as acne itself – from more pronounced skin pits to raised scars known as keloid scarring. 

Skin peels, which contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) or beta – hydroxy acids (BHA) are the most popular peels in our Bristol Clinic.

Skin peel is a solution applied to the skin, usually on the face, neck or hands. 

We also offer a back peels at Harbour Lily clinic, as often people have an unwanted spots or acne on the back area. 

This could be caused by excess oil production, type of clothing person is wearing, hormonal imbalance, lifestyle choices, the environment and so many other various factors.

Clients should expect to be extremely cautious about exposing their skin to the sun after receiving a skin peels treatment. 

Ideally avoid direct sun exposure for at least 5 days following the procedure as well as being aware that skin peels is the most effective on fair skin.

Skin peels are often considered to be a proven and effective treatment for acne scars.

Combination Treatments

Depending on the type of skin peels chosen by your Aesthetic Practitioner, whether it’s a Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid Peel, TCA skin peel, Phenol Peel or a peel based on Fruit acids, your skin will be recovering differently. 

There will be more downtime following Deep Peel.

In the case of Deep skin peels, a new skin appears 7 – 10 days following your treatment.

If your Aesthetician decides that it is more beneficial to combine your treatment with Intense Pulsed Light laser treatment ( IPL ) or photo – rejuvenation, which is a non – invasive and non – surgical skin treatment, this combination will also improve your skin tone and firmness as well as address the main concern of acne scarring, which is a perfect bonus for your skin!

Skin peels treatment is basically a use of a chemical solution in order to remove outer skin layers, which can improve texture and reveal smooth, brighter and tighter skin.

Skin peel is mainly used for cosmetic purposes, but in some cases it is used to treat clients with melisma. Melasma is a skin condition, which is characterised by irregular brown patches, commonly found on the face and neck.

Is skin peel safe for clients with darker skin tones?

In general, at Harbour Lily Clinic in Bristol, we will use Alpha-hydroxy acids ( AHAs ) based skin peels for clients with lighter skin tones. 

Light to medium skin tones clients will be advised to have trichloroaroacetic acid ( TCA ) skin peel treatments. 

And darker skin tone will be using a phenols based skin peels, in order to treat acne, acne scarring, skin texture irregularities, skin pigmentation and discolouration.

Dermatologists and Aestheticians in and around Bristol area normally would recommend and treat certain types of acne and skin discolouration disorders with skin peels.

Clients who have a medium skin tone may need a specific lotion or cream to soothe their skin, as it might feel slightly aggravated and hot following the procedure.

People with a dark skin tones, Fitzpatrick 4-6 can safely have skin peels – but they should consult an aesthetician first.

A well as potentially have a patch test prior to the treatment, as the biggest risk with skin peels on darker skin tones is a risk if Hyper- pigmentation. 

We strongly recommend to use an aesthetic skin clinic, which has experience in treating darker skin tones. 

It is important that the clinic follows treatment protocols designed for clients with darker skin tones. Skin preparation for darker skin tones will be a 4 weeks period prior to the skin peels procedure.

Types Of Acids In Skin Peels

Salicylic acid skin peels are able to safely and effectively treat even comedogenic acne.

Salicylic acid peels are also effective, as well as Modified Jessner peel,  and 20 percent TCA Skin Peel, for the treatment of acne scars.

It could be more effective to combine skin peels, use mixology, for example skin peels with glycolic acid could be combined with salicylic acid based peels.

Glycolic acid improves collagen production, improves texture, lightens and refreshes skin tones, reduces wrinkles and is an excellent skin peels for acne scars.

Skin peels that we offer at Harbour Lily Skin Clinic in Bristol contain other important ingredients, such as ceramide, cholesterol and hyaluronic acid.

Those ingredients act as very important components that repair skin barrier damage and strengthen skin as well as lock in essential moisture, which skin needs in order to repair.

If you’re looking for Bristol beauty treatments or Bristol skin care treatments, here at Harbour Lily Laser Aesthetic Clinic, we provide a wide range of skin peels.

Our treatments will help to improve your skin’s texture, tone and appearance. 

Whether you’re looking to target acne and acne scarring, fine lines, pigmentation, scarring or dull skin, we can help to tailor a treatment that will work for you. 

Get in touch today to arrange a complimentary skin consultation!


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