What is Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a dermatological procedure where an active solution is applied to the skin surface to remove a desired layer of skin. When removing damaged layers, the process promotes the regrowth of healthier, smoother and more vibrant skin.
Chemical peels vary in their depth of penetration and depth of action depending on the desired outcome. Galway Skin Clinic provide both superficial and deeper peels.
A light (superficial) chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. This can be used to hydrate the skin while improving the appearance of fine lines, acne and uneven skin tones.
Deeper peels penetrate deeper into the middle layer of the skin, called the dermis. The stimulation of the deeper, dermal layer can improve conditions that involve this layer such as acne scars and wrinkles.
The first step is a consultation with one of our practitioners. The correct treatment will depend on the patient’s skin type and concerns. Preparation for deeper peels is important and advice will be given on how to prepare the skin before, and treatment of the skin after, for optimum results.
In general, we start with a light peel to measure the skin’s response to treatment and advance the strength and depth of the peel only as required.
Here are some amazing results following a Mesoestetic depigmentation peel. Damaged layers of skin are removed while the process promotes the regrowth of healthier, smoother and more vibrant skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many peels will I need?
This depends on skin type and the results needed. Superficial peels can be repeated every 2-5 weeks while medium peels are best performed every 3-6 months to allow the skin to fully rejuvenate and recover.
Are peels painful?
Superficial peels are not painful although there may be some mild tingling. Medium peels can be a little more uncomfortable with a stinging sensation that may last for 5-10 minutes
Is there much down time?
A superficial peel may cause some redness and peeling for up to 7 days. Makeup can be applied to mask this without complication almost immediately after the procedure. We often refer to superficial peels as “lunchtime peels” due to the short downtime and rapid recovery. For deeper peels, this redness will be more marked along with some swelling and scaling of the skin which may last for up to 14 days. Camouflaging make-up must be avoided for 5-7 days.
Can chemical peels be used with any other treatments?
Depending on the desired outcome, peels can be combined with treatments such as hydrafacials to cleanse and prepare the skin, microneedling to further skin rejuvenation and anti-wrinkle injection to augment the improvement in lines and wrinkles.
Clinical chemical peel €150
Course of 3 peels €400
Advanced peels from €250
Dermaplaning can be added to Hydrafacial or PRP treatment for €50, this allows the deeper penetration of active ingredients.