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Chemical Peels

Chemical Peel

At The Skin to Love Clinic we offer a variety of skin peeling treatments, including glycolic peels. Skin peels can be a great treatment option for a range of conditions including skin pigmentation treatmentreduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as to refresh tired, dull skin.


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What is a Chemical Peel?

There are many types of chemical peels of varying strengths and which perform different tasks. There are superficial peeling treatments, such as glycolic peels, which use enzymes to exfoliate and refresh the skin; gentle yet effective, this type of peel works on the uppermost layer of the skin to reveal healthy, new skin cells. These are available in different concentrations so once your goals have been discussed during your skin consultation and your skin thoroughly analysed, your practitioner will match you with the most appropriate strength chemical peel for you. This type of treatment has little-to-no downtime and any discomfort is very minimal; usually, the patient will experience a tingling sensation in the treatment area during the procedure.

Indications that chemical peels may be suitable for you include:

  • You have dull, tired-looking skin which you would like to refresh
  • You would currently follow, or are planning to start, a consistent skincare regime and would like to boost your results
  • You would like an exfoliating treatment with little to no downtime
  • You have an uneven skin tone
  • You are starting to see signs of ageing

Will I need to take time off work after having a chemical peel?

Usually no. This depends on the type of chemical peel you have; some have no recovery time needed after treatment and some do. This would be discussed with you during your consultation and is dependent on the type of treatment you decided to have and any expected recovery time needed for it.

Will I be bright red for days after my chemical peel?

This type of side effect is usually associated with strong chemical peels. Usually, the peeling systems that we use at The Skin to Love Clinic do not have this type of side effect, for example, in our experience patients find that at most they are slightly pink immediately after a glycolic peel and that this quickly subsides. This would be discussed with you before your treatment.

Are there any side effects to chemical peels?

The peeling systems that we use have a good safety profile, nevertheless, consultations are an important part of the treatment process in allowing you to understand the treatment and to establish if the benefits of the treatment are outweighed by any possible side effects. During a skin consultation, your concerns will be assessed. Your medical practitioner will be able to discuss whether this treatment is appropriate for you, as well as any suitable alternative treatments.

Your practitioner will discuss any possible side effects, questions you may have and any aftercare you should adhere to prior to you having treatment.

I’m looking for dramatic correction for my signs of ageing, are chemical peels right for me?

We will be able to give you specific advice during your consultation, however, if you have very sun-damaged, loose skin and/or have other advanced signs of ageing such as deep pigmentation and wrinkles there may be alternative treatments for you such as FraxelClear + BrilliantThermageWrinkle Relaxing InjectionsDermal Fillers and the Thread Lift treatment.

You may need more than one peeling treatment to achieve your results. You and your practitioner will create a treatment plan which may include using this treatment alongside other treatments.

How many chemical peel treatments will I need?

You may need more than one chemical peel to achieve your results. You and your practitioner will create a treatment plan which may include using this treatment alongside other treatments.

What is the difference between a light chemical peel and a deep peel?

Light (Superficial) Chemical Peels: These peels are ideal for removing mild damage from the sun, acne scars and signs of ageing like age spots. Whereas, Deep Chemical Peels are used for aggressive treatment of sun-damaged skin, the severe wrinkling of mature skin, and pre-cancerous lesions. An excess of sun exposure can be treated with deep peels, whereas light or medium peels will not reach the deeper layers of your skin. This is because a medium peel uses different chemical solutions to deep peels. When deciding whether to have a deep, medium or light peel, we suggest consulting a dermatologic surgeon who will give the best advice for treating damaged skin cells or sun exposure for all skin types and your skin texture.

How Can A Chemical Peel Help With An Uneven Skin Tone?

A chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). It’s used to treat wrinkles, acne scars and a bumpy skin tone. A chemical peel can come in three types, a light chemical peel, a deep chemical peel and a medium chemical peel. All three peels help remove dead skin cells using glycolic acid and salicylic acid. A deep chemical peel uses a chemical solution containing lactic acid and trichloroacetic acid. Light and medium chemical peel treatments are considered to be superficial peels or cosmetic treatments, they help reduce fine lines and age spots.

“This was my first time at The Skin to Love clinic in St Albans and I cannot speak highly enough of the service I received. From the minute I walked in, it was a completely satisfying experience. Kerri was absolutely lovely and very helpful. Jane was incredibly thorough and explained everything to me in a way that was both easy to comprehend but not “dumbed down” – it left me feeling completely confident in my treatment and enthusiastic to return! Emma (who did my treatment) was wonderful. She was very thorough and delightful to talk with. My skin feels absolutely wonderful and I cannot wait to return for more treatments!” Stevie

“I have to admit, I love Skin to Love clinic. My skin has improved so much and is continuing to do so.  I adore going in to see the Skin to Love ladies and have learnt so much.  Thank you for a truly amazing service every time, your continued support and advice and I love my new skin! I am so much more confident x” Stacey

“I am very comfortable with Emma doing my facial & does a very thorough job. My skin always looks very good afterwards especially the next day. Perhaps I will treat myself to the derma pen next time! The ladies in the clinic are so friendly & welcoming & greet you so warmly every time I go back there even if it’s to replace my products.” Cora

“Visiting the salon again today. I just love it! All the staff are super friendly and full of the best advice. Laura was professional and I will definitely be going back for another peel with her! Well done” Sam

“Staff are super friendly and very informative about your chosen treatment. Highly recommended them.” Geoffrey

“Thank you so much for a wonderful treatment, everyone really friendly but very professional. My skin looked noticeably brighter after just one session.” Claudia

“My experience is always brilliant at the skin to love! Consistently great service by highly experienced staff. My skin has been the most consistent and calm in 13 years. The effect this has had on my confidence has been life changing.” Hannah

“I had my first treatment with Emma last Thursday (Glycolic Peel) and I am really delighted with the result.  I have had numerous treatments with the Skin to Love Clinic over the last 4 years and I can honestly say my skin has never looked better. I cannot praise the clinic enough for their professionalism and friendliness, and the results are excellent. A great team.” Yvonne

“Always excellent! My skin feels amazing after my peel today, thank you x” Fiona

“Always a great experience with fantastic results, highly recommended.” Jody

“Extremely helpful & my skin felt marvellous after my treatment.” Hazel

“Very professional approach from the welcome to the consultation and treatment. Really pleased with the results. Great advice re higher SPF and very pleasingly no hard sell to buy their products.” Kate

“Love the science behind skincare” Sarah

“Extremely impressed, professional service but still felt really comfortable and at ease.  My treatment was lovely and the results were fantastic.  They informed of everything that was happening throughout the whole process.  My skin consultation was really interesting.  Would definitely recommend and have already booked for second session.  Extremely enjoyable experience all round.” Jodie

“Really enjoyed the peel. Skin is smoother and a bit brighter. Looking forward to seeing the end result after the course of six! 🙂 Thanks.” Helen

“Always very professional and enjoyable experience. Really enjoyed the glycolic peel. I will be coming back for another treatment soon.”Emma

Starting from £75.

We offer a bespoke approach to treatment, tailored entirely to your needs and desires, therefore the chemical peels cost of your individual treatment will be confirmed during your consultation following a thorough assessment.

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Treatment Summary

No. of treatments
Dependent on your concern. You can have single sessions, but a course may be beneficial depending on the condition you are treating. This will be assessed and discussed with you prior to treatment.

Procedure time
Usually up to 30 minutes.

Final results
Dependent on your concerns. You can expect to look refreshed immediately after some peels. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.

Recovery time
Dependent on what type of peel you have. Some have no recovery time and some do. The majority of peels we perform at The Skin to Love Clinic require no recovery time.

Resume usual activities
Most patients find that they can continue their usual activities immediately. Full aftercare will be provided prior to treatment.

Discomfort level
None to very mild depending on the type of peel.

Duration of results
Months to years dependent on concern treated and number of treatment sessions.

Consultation needed prior

We are all individuals, therefore, results from treatments may vary from person to person, because each person responds differently. Results achieved from each treatment will last a different amount of time from person to person, this may even vary between treatments for an individual. Results, downtime and recovery following treatment will vary from patient to patient and depend on the type of peel you are having. The information we provide is based on the extensive experience we have gained from treating a wide variety of patients of different ages, genders and is based on an average patient experience.

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Amazing service. The nurse, Emma, was professional and had a very warm and engaging manner. I was having a skin tag removed, every step was clearly explained and I felt comfortable throughout, I was called the next day, Sunday, to check everything was OK - it was. I would not hesitate to recommend.
Emma is a dermatologist at the top of her field. She performed the treatment and expertly removed the lesion from my leg. The histology report came in 10 days and Emma fully explained the results and outcomes in a calm and reassuring manner. Her expertise and knowledge is second to none and I would highly recommend her. It was such a relief to be able to see a dermatology specialist and to receive treatment straight away.
Had moles removed with Emma-Highly recommendFantastic at her jobCouldn’t be happier- she has changed my lifeThe clinic is beautiful and so professional
It's always a pleasure coming back for another Hydrafacial with Nikky. I appreciate the extra touch of being greeted by name even before checking in—it makes me feel very special as a customer. The Hydrafacials have truly improved my skin, making it smoother and healthier. The real results started to show after 3-4 sessions. I'll be back, as always, for more sessions. Thank you!
Response from the owner: What awesome feedback, thank you so much. You have really made our day. We are thrilled to hear how pleased you are with your HydraFacial experience and results with Nikki, as well as our aftercare service. Thank you very much for choosing us to look after you and your skin and we look forward to welcoming you back anytime you need us.
Natalia was amazing as always. I trust her with absolutely everything! She’s the best and all the staff at the Skin to Love are so lovely and friendly x
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Natalia is super friendly and so knowledgeable. I follow her advice all the time and feel stronger and more beautiful. From HRT to facial aesthetics Natalia has guided me and it’s been a joy.
Response from the owner: Hello Tamsin,Thank you very much for your 5 star rating!We are really glad that you’re pleased with the service and treatment Nikki gave you.Really pleased to hear that you noticed some improvements immediately after your Regenlite and that you have a future plan!Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, we’re very grateful.
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Jane is amazing. She listens and provides the best treatment in maintaing a natural fresher youthful appearance. Her skills are 2nd to none. Highly recommend. I travel all the way from North London as she really is the very best :)
Response from the owner: Thank you SO much for your kind words Wendy. We are so grateful that you’ve chosen our Clinic and your practitioner, Jane. It’s wonderful to hear that she’s made you feel heard and came up with a treatment plan that suits you, leaving you refreshed and natural looking. Thank you for your especially kind comments about her clinical skills. Thank you for travelling to see us, it’s truly appreciated and we’re honoured to look after you.
What a beautiful clinic! Skin to Love offers such a variety of treatments all carried out by extremely knowledgeable and experienced staff. The clinic environment is just gorgeous and carefully thought out to make you feel comfortable. The whole experience from walking into reception, to meeting the clinicians, to my ongoing plan fills me with confidence that I am in the best hands.
Response from the owner: Hannah, what lovely words. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences. You have made our day. We are absolutely delighted that you’re happy with our treatments, service, and team and that your feel confident that you’re in good hands. Thank you.
Jane was really friendly and made me feel at ease. She explained what treatment I needed and how this would be done and how long it would take. She took time to chat and find out a bit about me as a person which I appreciated.
Response from the owner: Thank you so very much for feeding back to us Diana. We are absolutely delighted that you had such a positive experience with us. Thank you for choosing us to help and advise.
I met Emma who did my treatment. She provided great customer service in explaining the process which has gone so well. All staff are warm and welcoming, making me feel comfortable throughout the process. I highly recommend anyone. Thank you Emma
Response from the owner: Thank you for taking your time to feedback on your experiences at our clinic with all the staff and in particular, Emma. How fantastic to hear that you were given great customer service and felt well informed, welcomed, and comfortable. Thank you so much for your kind recommendation Samuel, and for trusting us to care for you.
The consultant skilfully diagnosed my skin condition within seconds of the appointment starting. She was confident, professional and knowledgeable which instantly put my mind at rest. She explained what she was looking at throughout so I was fully informed and at ease. I would highly recommend her and will happily return myself for an annual check up
Response from the owner: Thank you for feeding back to us Gemma. We’re so glad that you have had such a positive experience with us; that you found your consultant skilful, confident, professional, and knowledgeable. It’s also wonderful that you felt comfortable and fully informed throughout your time with us. Thank you also for recommending us. We look forward to seeing you again.
Yesterday, I underwent a Hydrafacial treatment with Nikki at The Skin To Love Clinic, and it was truly a remarkable experience.Nikki's expertise in tailoring the treatment to my skin's needs was evident from the start. The Hydrafacial process left my skin feeling deeply cleansed, hydrated, and rejuvenated.The addition of the J Lo booster serum took the experience to another level. Its application left my skin feeling incredibly smooth and plump, with a noticeable glow that was noticed by my husband,too!Overall, my Hydrafacial experience with Nikki exceeded my expectations. It's clear that her skill and attention to detail make her an exceptional aesthetician at The Skin To Love Clinic.I will definitely be back for more!
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your kind words and sharing your experience of the clinic, Nikki, and your Hydrafacial treatment. We’re delighted that your skin looked and felt great after the treatment… and that your husband thought so too! It’s wonderful to hear that your experience exceeded your expectations. Can’t wait to see you again soon!
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Response from the owner: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us feedback Joanne, it means a lot. We’re thrilled to hear that you thought our service was excellent and friendly. It’s also lovely to hear that you felt at ease having treatment with us. What a wonderful compliment recommending us to others looking for mole removal. Thank you for choosing us to look after you!
Thanks Nikki for the hydrafacial!
Response from the owner: Thank you for your review Elliot! We’re so pleased that you had a 5 star Hydrafacial experience with our wonderful Nikki.
Friendly & very professional service. Clear explanation given before my treatment & for the after care.
Response from the owner: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us Margaret. We’re delighted that you found our service friendly and professional and that you felt informed throughout your treatment.
Emma was fantastic.. really thorough and explained everything. I got a full body check of all my moles/skin tags/marks and left reassured. Highly recommend, quick, easy and extremely professional..five stars!
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your lovely review Sasha, we’re really happy that you found our service to be worthy of 5 stars!We’re really pleased that you left reassured following your full body check. We’re equally thrilled that you found the service to be extremely professional, quick, and easy.
Stuart's caring and informative nature has made my journey to younger looking skin an exciting and pleasant experience. And my skin - just WOW!
Response from the owner: Wow! Thank you for your glowing review Claire. We are beyond grateful that you took the time to share your experience with us. It’s really lovely to hear how happy you are with the service and treatment Stuart has provided. Enjoy your beautiful skin!
My skin is glowing following a Hydrafacial Treatment with Nikki. My skin feels so clean and hydrated, I'm thrilled with the results. Highly recommend!
I had an excellent Hydrafacial which was recommended to me by Jane. I had my treatment with Nikki, who was so friendly and made me feel comfortable from start to finish. She was so professional and gave me all the information about each step of the facial. She struck the perfect balance between getting to know me/building a rapport, and also giving me the chance to switch off and relax. It was a lovely treatment and I’m so grateful to Nikki for all her knowledge and skill. My skin felt amazing afterwards and I received so many compliments about my “glowing skin”! Thank you for making it such a personable experience. We also added on the Slimyonik treatment which was so lovely and relaxing. I was able to add this on last minute after being recommended by Kerri. Again, tailoring the treatment to me personally added so much to my overall experience. I’m so glad I added this to the treatment and would recommend the skin to love clinic to anyone. Thank you Nikki, Jane & Kerri.
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Very happy with the consultation, I was listened too and had all options explained to me in detail. Thank you
Always a delight to visit. Natalia was fantastic as usual. I would highly recommend based on her very professional and welcoming approach. The company as a whole goes above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and well looked after.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your kind review Ross. It’s always a pleasure having you in the clinic and we very much appreciate your loyalty. We’re delighted that you find Natalia so professional and welcoming and that you found the entire team goes above and beyond to look after you-you have made our day.
10/10 - outstanding advice and treatment from Jane at Skin to Love. I had a burst capillary on my nose which I was covering for 2 years. With one consultation and one course of treatment Jane removed it. I should have consulted her sooner. Jane is now my ‘go to’ skin adviser. Quality service and exceptional value for money. Thank you
Emma was such an amazing and professional nurse. She immediately put me at ease and was very skilled and knowledgeable. Highly recommend
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your kind words and five star feedback Tracy. We are absolutely delighted that you’ve had such a good experience with Emma and that you would highly recommend the service she provides. Thank you for choosing us to look after you.
Fabulous as always. Jane and the team are welcoming, professional and always put you at ease. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Treatments are delivered with the utmost care. Honest advice always given. Absolutely recommend.
Response from the owner: Thank you Karen, it means a lot to receive your five star rating of Jane and all the team. We’re so happy that you feel so comfortable with us and that you’re in professional hands. It’s a joy to look after you.
Great experience every time :) Nikki is always so nice and informative and the vibe at the clinic is so lovely 💕
Response from the owner: Thank you so much. We really appreciate your feedback and are thrilled that you feel your experiences with us are worthy of 5 stars. We are so pleased to hear that you’ve had a great experience every time you’ve visited and that you’ve found Nikki nice and informative and that the clinic has a good vibe! We all really appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences.
Professional, caring and informative. I always feel in good hands here.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us Natalie, we really appreciate your feedback. It’s so wonderful to hear that you feel in good hands with us and we’re delighted that you have found us to be professional, caring, and informative. Thank you again, Natalie!
Highly recommend the Skin to Love clinic , such a lovely relaxing atmosphere and so professional. I am very pleased with my treatment with Stuart and Jane both of whom took plenty of time to discuss my requirements, desired outcomes and exactly what to expect, including step by step explanation during treatment. Can’t wait to see the results emerging and beyond
Response from the owner: What a lovely review! Thank you for giving us feedback on your treatment results and the care you received from Jane. We’re really pleased you’re so happy with your results-enjoy!
Dr Emma was so patient and gentle during my procedure. She is very good at what she does and is so kind! The treatment was one big step to making me feel more confident with my appearance and it is reassuring that she will answer any and all questions I have.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your feedback Lara; we are thrilled to hear that you have found our service so helpful in boosting your confidence. This makes us so happy! It’s really wonderful to hear that you found your practitioner so patient and gentle during your procedure and that you found her competent and kind. We’re always here for you if you have any further questions. Thank you once again, Lara, for your kind words.
very good experience
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your feedback Julian. We’re so happy to hear that you had a very good experience and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for choosing us to care for you.
Just been for my annual mole check! Emma is wonderful. Uber professional. Sensitive and never any pressure.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences of our dermatology service Anthony. We are thrilled that you found your mole check to be professional and that you found Emma to be sensitive, without putting any pressure on you. Thank you for choosing us to look after you.
1st Consultation - Very relaxed, friendly and informative.
Response from the owner: Thank you for sharing your experience and for choosing us to consult with you Diane, it was a pleasure looking after you. We’re so pleased that you found your consultation informative, relaxed, and friendly.
Nicky and Natalia were excellent. Very knowledgable and professional!
Response from the owner: Thank you for sharing your experience with us Rob. We’re so pleased that you found both Nikki and Nurse Natalia knowledgeable and professional. Thanks for choosing us to look after you!
Great experience, Natalia was very thorough with talking me through the process and what to expect. She made me feel at ease. Clean and bright rooms as well.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your five star feedback and rating Hannah-Mai. It’s wonderful to hear about your experience with Nurse Natalia and that you found her very thorough when taking you through the process so that you knew what to expect at each step. It’s great to hear she made you feel at ease and we’re so pleased that you found our environment clean and bright. Thank you for choosing us to look after you.
Fabulous place. From the moment you step through the door you are warmly welcomed. Natalia is very knowledgable and friendly. She really listened to my concerns sensitively and gave me all the options available without pushing me to make a decision. I was given all the time I needed to make my choice and when I went back for my treatment it was such a relaxing experience. I went away knowing exactly what I needed to do as after care and I highly recommend Skin to Love
Response from the owner: Terri, thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. We really appreciate you sharing your experiences with us and are thrilled to hear that you’ve had such a good experience from start to finish.How wonderful to hear that you felt listened to by Nurse Natalia and that you found her to be friendly, sensitive and knowledgeable. One of our core philosophies is to empower our clients to make the right choices for them (which may very well be not to do anything at all!) by sharing our knowledge and expertise with them; it’s lovely to see that this was your experience. It’s also wonderful that you felt sure of what you had to do (or not do as the case may be) after your visit with us. Thank you wholeheartedly for your kind recommendation, it means a lot to the entire team!
Jane was so lovely today. Really made me feel comfortable and reassured. She was very kind and answered all my questions; I’m really happy with how my appointment went. Thank you!
Response from the owner: Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback and to share you experience Leah. We are so thrilled that you had such a good experience with Jane. It is lovely to hear that Jane made you feel comfortable, reassured, and that she answered all of your questions; we’re always here for you if you have any more. Thank you again Leah!
Had my first session of Sculptlift, with Jane. I had so many questions and Jane explained in simple terms enabling me to understand what to expect. The procedure was painless and Jane talked me through every step. I was left without bruising which was suprising as I usually bruise quite badly. I am looking forward to seeing the final results.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for taking the time to feedback to us about your experience of our signature treatment, SculptLift, with Jane. It’s wonderful to hear that you felt the treatment was fully discussed so that you felt fully informed prior to going ahead. It’s really wonderful to hear that she made you comfortable throughout your procedure and she guided you through the process. Additionally wonderful that you didn’t experience any bruising, particularly as someone who bruises easily! Jane will be looking forward to reviewing your results with you soon. Thanks again Sam!
I cannot recommend this establishment enough. The receptionist was lovely and greeted me with a bright smile. Emma was friendly, kind and put me right at ease. After seeing how much my issue bothered me, she offered me an appointment the same day during her break to sort out my problem. I’m so happy and relieved that my issue is 95% sorted. Thank you so much Skin to Love! You’ve certainly got a customer for life now! I’ll be telling all my friends about this little gem.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. It really means a lot to us. So happy to hear what a lovely welcome you received and how empathetic and happy to help you found your practitioner to be.Absolutely thrilled to hear that you’re a customer for life and that you’ll be telling your friends; the highest praise indeed! Thank you so very much. It was a pleasure to look after you.