types of chemical peels

Types of Chemical Peels

Nikki Butler

Nikki Butler

Discover different types of chemical peels

Welcome to my blog about chemical peels! In this blog we will look at the different types of chemical peels and you’ll discover that they aren’t really ‘chemicals’ at all!  Like nearly all of my treatments, chemical peels are a treatment that I will bespoke for you. There are a number of factors to take into account when selecting which chemical peel is right for you, which I’ll discuss below. 

I won’t go into all of the different ingredients here, as that’s covered on my Chemical Skin Peel page, which you can visit by clicking on the link below.  You’ll be surprised by some of what you read, of that I am sure!! (yet another gold star for red wine).

Are there different types of Chemical Peels?

Absolutely, there are a number of different types of Chemical Peels.  The first thing I’d like to clear up is that the chemical peels that I offer are considered superficial, as they are non-ablative peels.  Ablative chemical peels are becoming less common, but they do still exist. Essentially, ablative peels burn away the top layers of the skin, leaving new, fresh skin in it’s place.  These peels should only be carried out by a Doctor or Consultant, with experience of carrying out these peels on a regular basis. 

Chemical peels contain different ingredients and come in different strengths (percentages) and different ph levels. The percentage and ph level combined, determine the strength and effect that the peel has on the skin.  The peel ingredients all have different molecule sizes, which determines the rate at which they enter the skin, so the smaller the molecule, the lower the percentage, as it will enter the skin at a faster the rate.  The larger the molecule, the higher the percentage – this is because a larger molecule is much slower in penetrating the skin.  Don’t worry – you don’t need to know this information, you just need to trust that I do and that I’ll work my magic on your skin with the right peel for you! 

Types of Chemical Peel

It may surprise you to discover that these are some of the ingredients found in modern day types of chemical peels! I for one am delighted to see the benefits of red wine making an appearance again! 

Peels fall into three sub categories:

  1. Enzyme Peels, these are very gentle and suitable for all skin types and there is no downtime. They can also be incorporated into other treatments.
  2.  AHA’s – Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and BHA’s – Beta Hydroxy Acids these are naturally occurring organic acids that have amazing benefits on the skin, allowing us to target common skin concerns, boost regeneration and increase hydration. Glycolic, Salicylic, Mandelic and Lactic acids are AHA’s. These are water soluble, with the exception of Salicylic, which is fat soluble.
  3. Combination Peels, this is where ingredients are combined to target multiple skin concerns at once. A powerhouse of a peel! 

Prior to starting any type of Chemical Peel treatment, we will go through a full consultation process and I will carry out a detailed assessment of your skin.  We will also carry out a patch test, where necessary. 

What results can I expect to see?

The type of Chemical Peels used for you will determine the results that you can expect to see.  Chemical peels can provide you with the following results:

  • Improved skin texture and appearance. 
  • Reduced lines and wrinkles. 
  • Improved overall skin health.
  • Improvement in blemishes, including hyperpigmentation, scarring and breakouts.
  • Improved skin elasticity. 
  • More youthful, glowing skin.
  • Fresh, rejuvenated skin.
  • Reduction in breakouts and acne (acne grade 1 and 2).
Are all types of Chemical Skin Peel safe?

Honestly, No. Any treatment in the wrong hands has the potential to cause damage – and that’s the honest truth. As someone that regularly treats scar patients, I have over the years seen the consequences of incorrect choice and application of peels. I have also seen the consequences of clients not following aftercare and exposing their skin to the sun, without sunscreen (*shudder*).   BUT – that said, Chemical Peels  carried out by fully trained professionals (I’ve got my hand up here, I know you can’t see, but I have!) that fully assess your skin and follow the correct protocols, can and will deliver excellent results. 

Do not underestimate your part in this though! It is essential that you disclose all relevant information at your consultation and that you 100% follow the aftercare. This way you can be confident that you’ll get the best results possible from your treatments.  

Are you ready to take the next steps?

I hope that you have found my blog helpful.  If you’d like to read more about the different types of Chemical Peels available, you can click on the link below, or get in touch to book your free consultation. 

I look forward to helping you transform your skin! Nikki 


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