Chemical peels are widely used and can treat a whole range of skin conditions including wrinkles, acne, scarring and frown lines. They are a cheap and non-invasive method of improving the appearance of your face and are seen as an alternative to more aggressive treatments such as laser skin treatment
Chemical peels vary in their type, strength and potency and a skilled practitioner will be able to advise you on the best one for your particular problem and skin type.
The strength of chemical peels are generally categorised in terms of their PH levels. The lower the PH level the stronger the peel. Beauty therapists are only allowed to treat people with chemical peels that have a PH that is higher than 2.5. These peels tend to offer a more superficial treatment and are used to give a general rejuvenation of the skin rather than to treat anything specific.
Deeper peels with a PH lower than 2.5 can only be applied by a medical practitioner and are generally used to treat skin conditions such as frown lines, uneven pigmentation and acne scarring. These peels tend to be more expensive but they do have more impressive results.
Chemical peels generally work by removing any dead, old or damaged cells from the surface of your skin to help improve its appearance. It is these dead skin cells that can often make the face look dull and tired and this is why removing them can have such a significant improvement on your appearance. They are effectively a deep skin exfoliation technique.
Although the results of chemical peels do vary, most people will find their skin to be smoother, firmer and younger looking following the treatment. Chemical peels are often combined with other treatments such as Microdermabrasion
to get the very best results.
Types of Chemical Peels:
There are many different types of skin peels and the most common ones are obagi blue peel
, Agera skin peels
, TCA peels
and Glycolic peels
. These are all examples of chemical peels that have been proven to produce excellent results. You will need to go for a consultation to see which type of chemical peel is best for you and it will be determined by your skin type and condition of your skin.
Some of the chemical peels will offer a deeper treatment and will be recommended if you have skin conditions such as acne or uneven pigmentation. If your skin is generally in good condition but you just want to 'freshen' it up a little bit then a more superficial chemical peel will probably be fine for you.
Chemical peels will not however treat wrinkles or frown lines so you need to understand that there are limitations to what they can treat. If you have problems such as this you will be better suited to either dermal fillers
or Botox injections.
How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost?
Generally speaking, deeper peels with a lower PH will be the most expensive. The reason these peels are more expensive is mainly because they need to be performed by a medically trained practitioner. Below are the typical prices you can expect to pay for the most popular peels:
Obagi blue peel cost: The cost will depend on the condition of the skin which will affect how many treatments you require. Clinics will typically charge around £350 per treatment but there are a number of different types of Obagi peels which do vary in price. Expect to pay around £600 - £1000 in total.
Glycolic peel cost: This cost will vary between clinicians but the typical price is around £70 - £80 per treatment. Don’t forget you may need more than one treatment depending on the condition of your skin. It is during a consultation that your practitioner will assess the health of your skin and decide on the number of peels you are likely to need to achieve the desired results.
Agera peel cost: For one treatment you can expect to pay around £100. You may require more than one treatment depending on what exactly it is that needs treating.
TCA Peel cost: This will vary from one clinic to another but the normal price is around £70 per peel. Don’t forget you may need more than one treatment and this is something you will need to consider when calculating the price. During a consultation your skin will be assessed to determine how many peels you are likely to need.
Factor That Affect The Cost of Chemical Peels:
The following lists the main factors that affect the cost of chemical peels:
Strength of peel: Deeper peels tend to more expensive than superficial peels.
The practitioner: Medically trained practitioners are likely to charge more than those that are not.
What needs treating: You will need a more advanced chemical peel if your aim is to reduce the appearance of frown lines or extensive scarring compared with if you are simply trying to brighten up your complexion.
How many peels you need: Depending on what you hope to achieve you may need a course of treatments which will naturally increase the price. Clinics will generally offer special offers for multiple peels.
Location: Larger cities and more fashionable districts are likely to charge more for treatment.