Glycolic Skin Peels
From acne and sun damage to fine lines and wrinkles, Glycolic skin peels are a suitable treatment for a range of age-related conditions. The peel contains Glycolic acid, which, when applied to the face, reveals a younger and fresher layer of skin beneath.
If you are considering a glycolic skin peel to tackle your signs of ageing, it is essential to understand the treatment before proceeding. At Rutland Aesthetics, we want to ensure you receive the safest and most appropriate anti-ageing treatment available.
What are glycolic skin peels?
Glycolic skin peels contain glycolic acid. With the right training, a medical practitioner will apply the peel to your face, and it allows it to settle for a short while. Once the peel hardens, they will remove it to reveal the fresh layer of skin beneath.
While the term ‘glycolic acid’ may seem scary, it is worth knowing that it is a natural derivative of sugar canes and fruit acids. Although it has a mild acidic effect on the skin, it is not dangerous. Also, the Rutland Aesthetics team will not apply a chemical skin peel without performing a consultation first. As such, if you are eligible for this treatment, you can rest assured it is appropriate for you and your skin.
How do glycolic skin peels work?
The natural acids in each glycolic skin peel work their way through the first layer of your skin; the epidermis. Your epidermis primarily features dead skin cells, which are easy to slough away. After doing this, it works through some of the next layer; the dermis. As a result, a fresh layer of skin develops, which looks younger and smoother.
Chemical skin peels achieve these results in several ways. In addition to removing old cells to highlight new ones, they stimulate the skin’s collagen and elastin production system. Collagen and elastin are proteins your body produces to make the skin look young and plump. While collagen maintains the skin cells’ integrity, elastin allows your skin to spring back into shape after you make facial movements.
Over time, your body produces less of these proteins. One of the key benefits of a glycolic skin peel is that it accelerates the process, allowing you to slow down the effects of ageing. Although you can never permanently halt the ageing process, using a course of chemical skin peel treatments can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, scars, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone.
Are Glycolic skin peels painful?
Some patients describe feeling hot and prickly sensations when their clinician applies the skin peel. However, these feelings are not the same as ‘pain.’ If your clinician chooses to use a glycolic skin peel that works into the ‘medium layers’ of your skin, the hotter and tingling sensations are more pronounced.
Following the procedure, it is normal for the skin to feel sensitive. Immediately after your clinician removes the peel, you may experience the hot and tingling sensation again. If your skin is very fair or particularly sensitive, you are more likely to suffer from unpleasant sensations following the peel procedure.
What are they used for and are they safe?
Medically trained practitioners can use glycolic skin peels for a range of cosmetic ailments. Such ailments include:
- Skin that looks sallow, uneven, or have a poor complexion
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Scarring as a result of acne
- Scarring from minor wounds
- Pigmentation or hyperpigmentation
As a treatment that stems from the Ancient Egyptian period, chemical skin peels have been used for thousands of years. Overall, glycolic skin peels are suitable for most people. However, there are some scenarios where your clinician will refrain from using them:
- If you have an ongoing cold, cough, or any other form of acute illness
- You have a skin infection, or a wound on the skin area your clinician is treating
- You are taking medications that make you photosensitive, such as Doxycycline
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have received a course of Roaccutane therapy for acne in the last 18 months
- You have a history of allergic reactions to ingredients the glycolic skin peel contains
In such instances, the Rutland Aesthetics team may be able to recommend an alternative treatment. The availability of such treatments will depend on why you are not a suitable candidate for glycolic skin peels, as well as your skin condition.
The Champagne Peel
Our Champagne Peel treatment is a favourite for celebrities who desire a shot of youth and beauty before a special occasion, and we believe it is the ultimate skin overhaul treatment. Exclusive to Rutland Aesthetics this is the ultimate ‘quick fix’ skin rejuvenation treatment.
How it works
The Champagne Peel consists of a skin peel, followed by micro-needling and Mesotherapy. This deep treatment stimulates collagen production and overhauls the skin, ensuring you look your best.
1 hour 30 minutes.
The treatment reduces fine lines, wrinkles and evens out pigmentation. This reveals a plumper and brighter complexion. We recommend having the treatment 2-3 days before your occasion, so your skin has time to heal and improve.
Our prices start at £145, and we can recommend bespoke skincare products which work in harmony with this treatment to ensure you get the best results possible.
*Please note that a free medical consultation is required before having the treatment.
Glycolic skin peel procedure and aftercare advice
Following any glycolic skin peel, aftercare advice is essential if you want to avoid adverse reactions and maximise the benefits of your treatment. On the day, you need to arrive with a fresh face that is free from makeup so that your skin is easy to sterilise.
The glycolic skin peel procedure is quick and easy. Your practitioner will ensure you are still a suitable candidate, and then they will apply the peel to the areas that require treatment. After a short while, they will remove it and encourage you to follow aftercare advice:
- Avoid strenuous exercises that will make you sweat
- Do not use tanning beds
- Keep your skin away from intense UV rays
- Do not use a sauna
All of the above applies to the first two days after your chemical skin peel, in most cases. If you need to extend this period, your clinician will advise you accordingly. Also, they will provide sunscreen recommendations.
As your fresh layer of skin is more sensitive than the layer your clinician will remove, it is essential that you follow their aftercare plan. To see the full benefits, they may also advise to return for further treatments.
If at any stage, you experience worrying sensations you believe the chemical skin peel has caused, seek medical advice immediately.
How Rutland Aesthetics can Help
At Rutland Aesthetics, we take a bespoke approach to each of our patients’ therapies. From chemical skin peels through to Botox, we believe that tailoring your anti-ageing plan allows you to benefit from the best care available.
Our team is lead by Dr Dhesi, who is a qualified GP with additional training in Aesthetic Medicine. As the Rutland Aesthetics clinical director, he ensures each patient who receives a glycolic skin peel remains safe and feels comfortable throughout.
If you have any questions about our approach to chemical skin peels, or if you would like to arrange a consultation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.