Revealing Younger Skin with Chemical Peels


We offer a range of chemical peel treatments at our aesthetic clinic in Glasgow.

Whether you are wanting to treat sun-damaged skin or acne scarring, or if you just want smoother and more youthful skin on your face, neck, and hands, we have a skin peel treatment for you.

Chemical peels are used to treat superficial signs of ageing on the skin, but they are especially effective for treating signs of sun damage, uneven pigmentation (including hyperpigmentation such as dark areas), age spots, acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Over and above remedying these and other skin conditions, skin peels aim to improve the texture and appearance of facial skin, brighten the complexion and skin tone, make enlarged pores less noticeable, and make the skin smoother.

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Types of Chemical Peels in Glasgow?


There are many different types of skin peels, although they can all be grouped according to how deep they go into the skin — Superficial, Medium, and Deep. Optimal results depend on skin types and choosing the appropriate skin peel treatment for the conditions being treated.

Chemicals used for the exfoliation can range from lactic acid for mild peels to carbolic acid for a deeper peel. One of the most popular solutions for a medium depth peel is glycolic acid, which is great for fighting acne scars. Salicylic acid is a good option for acne scarring because it also cleans the dirt in the pores that usually leads to acne.

Have a look at the options we offer for our skin peels in Glasgow.

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels deeply exfoliate the skin and can yield the most impressive results. However, the price of such great results is that there is an extended downtime when compared with light and medium treatments. There is also a higher risk of complications.

If you want your deep chemical peel in Glasgow done by a leading aesthetic medicine specialist, book your skin peels with Dr Darren McKeown at my cosmetic clinic.

Superficial Chemical Peels

This treatment is also called a light chemical peel. Compared with a deep peel treatment, a superficial peel produces less dramatic results, but this can be built upon by repeating a series of superficial peels to achieve an overall impressive result in fighting the signs of ageing on the face.

The biggest benefit of this approach is that the superficial chemical peels have very little or no downtime, minimal risk of side effects and complications, and are suitable for most skin types.

The improvements are subtle at first, but with more treatments, there will be a healthy glow and a reduction in fine lines, acne scars, or sun damage.

Medium Chemical Peels

A medium chemical peel is ideal for those who need a greater degree of renewal of the skin cells, but who are not wanting to commit to the downtime and risks involved with a deep peel.

Medium depth peels, like superficial skin peels, will need multiple treatments to see the full results of smoother texture and fewer wrinkles — but the rejuvenation of the face will certainly increase with each maintenance peel.

During your online consultation at our clinic for facial skin peels in Glasgow, we will talk through your expectations and choose the best of our treatments for your unique requirements.

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How Do Chemical Peels Work?

A chemical peel treatment is similar to exfoliation, except it uses chemicals in place of a physical scrub and can have a far more dramatic result. For example, it can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

This chemical exfoliation is a liquid solution that removes the top layer of the skin, or more depending on the severity of the case. How deeply the exfoliation goes depends on which skin peel is chosen.

The skin peels work by causing a controlled injury to the skin. This removes damaged or dead skin cells and stimulates new collagen and, as a result, new skin growth in the weeks to come. The collagen can also tighten the skin, which further reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The skin undergoes a phase of self-repair in removing the dead cells and emerges at the other end in a better condition than it started.

Skin Preparation

A skin peel works through a minimum of one to two layers of skin — with the first two layers being the epidermis (the visible outer layer) and the dermis (beneath the skin surface).

Depending on the type of peel you are having, and for what reasons, it may be necessary to treat your skin with some prescription-strength creams for 2–6 weeks before having your peel. The purpose of this preparation is to enhance the effects of the peel and to reduce the chances of developing complications afterwards.

During this period of skin preparation, it is necessary to wear high factor sunscreen on a daily basis, even on cloudy days, and it is important that you keep up your sunscreen use and good skin care practices throughout the course of your peels and during any healing periods afterwards.

When you get your chemical peels in Glasgow at our clinic, we will guide you throughout the preparation and recovery periods.

Side Effects and Complications

The risk of side effects and complications depends on the depth of the peel: deep skin peels have a high risk of complications, whereas superficial skin peels are relatively low risk.

Following a superficial peel, your skin will remain red for the first 24–48 hours. Around 3 or 4 days after the treatment you will notice some light peeling, similar to the effect of having very dry skin. Most people are able to tolerate this whilst going about their day-to-day activities, so the treatment usually has no downtime.

Possible complications with deeper skin peels include mild scarring and loss of pigmentation, although it would be rare for these effects to happen with modern superficial chemical peeling techniques.

Ready to rejuvenate your skin with a facial peel in Glasgow? 

Chat to us about your skin concerns and we will find the right chemical peel treatment for you.

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