There are many types of skin 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 upper most 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 consultation and your skin thoroughly analysed, your practitioner will match you with the most appropriate strength peel for you. This type of treatment has little-to-no down time and any discomfort is very minimal; usually the patient will experience a tingling sensation in the treatment area during the procedure.
Indications that you skin peels may be suitable for you include:
Will I need to take time off work after having this treatment?
Usually no. This depends on the type of 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 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 however.
Are there any side effects?
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 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, is this treatment 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 Fraxel, Clear + Brilliant, Thermage CPT, Wrinkle Relaxing Injections, Dermal 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 treatments will I need?
You may need more than one peel to achieve your results. You and your practitioner will create a treatment plan which may include using this treatment alongside other treatments.
“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
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 assed and discussed with you prior to treatment.
Usually up to 30 minutes.
Dependent on your concerns. You can expect to look refreshed immediately after some peels. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.
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.
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, down time 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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Consultations with a nurse are £25. This is taken at the time of booking to secure your appointment. Dermatology consultations are £150 & a £25 deposit is taken at the time of booking.