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Chemical Skin Peels

at Omniya Clinic in London

Our chemical peels in London are a fantastic solution if you want to improve the general appearance of your skin, by brightening or clarifying your skin tone.

You may be tired of covering acne scars with a concealer or have troublesome oily and blemish-prone skin. The wide range of medical-grade chemical skin peels we have at Omniya Clinic caters for a variety of skin conditions and concerns. We even have peels to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, or an uneven skin tone. These safe and effective treatments can help you if you are experiencing acne scarring, discolouration, textured skin, and hyperpigmentation. The result is glowing and radiant skin, which can give you a completely new lease of life. A chemical peel could be the perfect anti-ageing solution for you.

What is a chemical peel?

This anti-ageing treatment is a chemical exfoliation process, which penetrates the skin’s deeper layers, causing the top layers to shed – hence the name ‘skin peel’.

The process stimulates collagen, increasing cellular turnover, leaving you with fresh and radiant skin. These treatments work exceptionally well if you are experiencing acne and scarring, discolouration, poor texture, and hyperpigmentation.

While there are at-home options available, these formulations are unlikely to be comparable to the medical-grade solutions we offer. With the help of one of our medically trained experts, you can have complete peace of mind that you’re benefitting from a treatment you can trust, in a clinic, you can trust, and our compassionate experts will hold your hand throughout the process, from start to finish.

What can chemical peels help with?

Enhance the look and feel of your skin and skin texture, reduce dark patches, freckles, or age spots. Treat certain types of acne, improve the appearance of mild scars. Treat wrinkles that have been caused by ageing and sun damage, reduce fine lines around the mouth and under the eyes.

What to expect from your treatment?

We will always start off with a consultation. This is important so that we can determine which strength peel is going to be suitable for you. We will discuss your lifestyle habits, skin types, skin goals and any events you may have in the near future, as well as, assess the current condition of your skin.

A lighter, milder peel may be the best option for your first treatment, such as mandelic acid or lactic acid. However, we will talk you through all of the options suitable for your skin type, and come to a solution that works for you. The milder peels will still stimulate cellular turnover, resulting in the glow you may want to achieve, yet they do so on a much milder level. The consultation will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have as well.

Overview of chemical skin peel treatments

varies per patient

Procedure time

30 minutes

Treatment price

From £150

Number of sessions

Ordinarily 1-6 treatments

Timeframe for results

Immediate results with a gradual improvement after each session

Downtime

0-10 days depending on peel

Back to work

Same day for a light peel, up to a week off for deep peel

Duration of results

Potential for permanent improvement after a course of treatments, depending on the concern

Treatments performed by

Raluca Baias

Raluca Baias

Lead Aesthetician

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Virma Schwarz

Virma Schwarz

Senior Aesthetician

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Joanna Paluch

Joanna Paluch

Senior Aesthetician

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Chemical skin peel FAQs

What results can you achieve with a chemical skin peel?

The below are some of the benefits and results you can achieve with a chemical skin peel:

  • Rejuvenated, brighter skin
  • Better nourished skin
  • More hydrated skin
  • Dull skin is revived
  • Stimulated collagen production
  • Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced
  • Reduction of inflammation and breakouts caused by acne
  • Dead skin cells removed
  • Even skin texture and tone
  • Smoother, softer skin
  • Reduced pigmentation and impact of sun damage

How long will it take to recover from a chemical peel?

This will depend on the depth of peel and following the aftercare provided, but as an example, it will take approximately 1 week to heal after you have had a medium chemical peel.

It is important that you follow your practitioner’s directions on cleansing, moisturising and SPF/protection on your skin after any chemical peel.

After a light chemical peel, your skin may be:

  • Slightly red
  • Drier
  • Mildly irritated

The more peels you have, the less noticeable these effects may be.

Recovery is typically 1-7 days after a light chemical peel.

After a medium chemical peel, your skin may be:

  • Red
  • Tighter
  • Slightly swollen
  • Feeling tingly/stinging.

Your practitioner will give you guidance on how to relieve any discomfort, for example with a fan or ice packs, but please follow specific aftercare provided.

Treated areas take approximately 7-14 days for recovery, with redness lasting longer.

After a deep chemical peel, your skin may be:

  • Burning
  • Swollen
  • Red
  • Throbbing
  • Eyelids may swell

It is imperative to follow your doctor’s guidance on aftercare following a deep chemical peel. New skin should develop within 2 weeks, although you may experience spots, cysts or redness which can take a number of weeks to recover.

Should you continue to use acne products before the treatment?

We recommend that our patients do not use any acne-fighting products or retinoids for at least five days prior to their visit. These sort of products are only going to increase the chance of experiencing a burn. The key here is skin rejuvenation; therefore, we don’t want the skin to be damaged further, and so there really is no need to continue with those products.

Can you speed up the process?

A lot of people try to speed up the peeling process once it begins. You shouldn’t do this. Forcing the process is not recommended. This is how you end up with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Accordingly, use a gentle and mild cleanser and gently massage your face with it, simply using your hands. If you were to use a washcloth, you would be wiping the dead skin away prematurely, and that’s not the goal here. Forcing the process won’t give you the results you’re looking for.

Will I have to stay indoors for days after a chemical peel?

No, you don’t have to stay locked up! If you have a stronger peel, such as a glycolic acid one, it will begin to peel around two days later. The skin can then shed for anywhere from three to five days. During this time, it is really important to keep your skin hydrated with sunscreen and a gentle moisturiser, as well as limiting your exposure to the sun.

Are chemical peels painful?

You may feel a bit of slight tingling or burning sensation during the treatment. This will only a matter of minutes.  This can be eased by putting a cool compress on the skin, although we also offer fans to keep the skin feeling cool. Most patients report mild discomfort from the procedure, rather than pain.

I am not peeling, has something gone wrong?

It is not essential to see visible peeling. Whether or not this occurs, you will notice improvements in the tone, texture, and overall appearance of your skin. If you are having the treatment on a frequent basis, you may not see it visibly because the layers of dead skin cells are now at a healthy number; and peels are intended to remove this external layer of dead skin cells.

If I can't have a chemical peel, what about a facial?

You can have a facial at almost any time, subject to a consultation with one of our friendly therapists!

Do you have advice on daily skincare routines following a chemical peel?

We have some incredible specialists, who will be happy to discuss skincare options with you. They can also guide you on which skincare is appropriate after your treatment, and also advise on a sensible skincare regime for the months ahead.

What is a glycolic acid good for?

Glycolic acid will help freshen up dull, tired or worn out skin, which exfoliate and resurface. A glycolic peel is generally suitable for all skintypes, but a consultation is always required before a treatment, including glycolic.

Where on my body can I have a skin peel?

The range of Chemical Skin Peels we offer at Omniya Clinic Knightsbridge are mainly used on the face, but can be used on almost all parts of the body. We also offer specific peels for concerns on the hands decolletage and neck.

Are skin peels and chemical peels safe?

Yes, the skin peels at Omniya London are completely safe for the appropriate skin type. This is why we have the initial consultation to assess your skin type and suitability for various peels. The chemical peels themselves are from the leading medical cosmeceutical brands, and undergo stringent testing on various skin types/tones by the manufacturers, and our expert team undergo regular and stringent training to perform the treatments.

Is a peel right for me?

The skin peels we offer at Omniya Clinic treat a variety of skin complaints. These include:

If you are hoping to give your skin a fresh start, book a consultation with one of our experts to assess which skin peel is right for you.

What is my skin type?

Below is the industry accept Fitzpatrick Skin Type scale. Our experts use this to assess your skin type and determine the appropriate peel or treatment for you. Some of the indications are below for your reference and understanding:

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 1:

Skin Colour (before sun exposure): Light, pale tone.
Sun Reaction: Always burns and peels, and never tans

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 2:

Skin olour (before sun exposure): White, fair tone
Sun Reaction: Burns and peels often, and rarely tans

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 3:

Skin Color (before sun exposure): Medium white, with golden undertones
Sun Reaction: Burns on occasion. Sometimes tans

Fitzpatrick skin type 4:

Skin Colour (before sun exposure): Olive to light brown
Sun Reaction: Burns rarely. Tans often

Fitzpatrick skin type 5:

Skin Colour (before sun exposure): dark brown
Sun Reaction: Almost never burns. Almost always tans

Fitzpatrick skin type 6:

Skin Colour (before sun exposure): Dark brown/darkest brown/black
Sun Reaction: Never burns. Always tans darkly

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