Chemical Peels – FAQs

Worried About Chemical Peels?  The Skin Clinic at Urban Spa in Bishop’s Stortford Answer Your Questions

We understand that many people have concerns about having a chemical peel.  Will my skin visibly peel? Will I ever be able to go out in the sun again?  Wil lit hurt?  These are just a few of your questions which we aim to answer in this tell-all article.

For those of you who have already converted to skin peels to give you younger looking skin, you will LOVE the Dermalogica At-Home Peel available to buy from Urban Spa in Bishop’s Stortford. 

We highly recommend you kick-start your new anti-ageing regime with our microdermabrasion, oxygen therapy, mask and peel treatment in salon before taking home your Dermalogica chemical peel sachets to continue the good work on a weekly basis at home. 

This unique treatment includes the best in-salon treatments PLUS 10 Dermalogica professional grade peels that you can use at home every week with no visible signs of flaking, peeling or downtime!

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What is a chemical peel?

Peels help speed removal of the surface cells so the new cells underneath can emerge faster to leave skin looking fresher and more glowy.  Chemical peels in a beauty salon tend to be more intense than the at-home Dermalogica peels offered at Urban Spa which will improve your skin’s appearance without visible signs of flaking or peeling. 

What can a chemical peel treat?

Peels are an excellent treatment for a wide range of skin concerns, including acne and hyperpigmentation. Most peels work the same way: they promote more rapid cell shedding using a chemical action to unlock skin cell linkages dissolve the lipid based ‘glue’ that keeps the cells holding on for longer than needed. With our Dermalogica at-home peel, you can reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines, smooth skin texture and even reduce the appearance of breakouts.

Are there different types of chemical peel?

Peels can differ in formulation and strength so always talk to your skin specialist to fully understand what chemicals are being used and whether to expect any side effects like peeling, flaking or redness.

The Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel that can be used at home uses AHA extracts, Lactic Acid, pumpkin enzyme ferment, Caviar Lime, rice bran and pumpkin enzymes.

How will I know what is the right peel for me?

As a broad guide, peels using Lactic Acid are suitable for most skin types (including those with dehydration and hyperpigmentation), Glycolic Acid is for skin ageing concerns, and Salicylic Acid and Mandelic Acid are ideal for people suffering breakouts or whose skin is prone to rosacea.  If you are concerned about your at-home peel, do a patch test to check your sensitivity and potential for reaction.

Should I have an in-salon chemical peel or at-home peel?

In-salon peels are likely to be more intense than the Dermalogica at-home peel we sell at our professional beauty spa in Bishop’s Stortford.  At-home peels are great at removing dulling surface cells and building up your skin’s tolerance in readiness for stronger professional peels if you want to take that option. Professional peels should always include a patch test. If you are concerned about your at-home peel do a patch test to check your sensitivity and potential for reaction.

What are the benefits of a chemical peel?

Skin peels lift away dead cells so you can expect your usual daily or nightly skin care products to work more effectively as a result.  With regular use, the Dermalogica at-home peels can brighten and even out skin tone, unclog pores and ease skin conditions caused by congestion. 

Should I avoid skin peels if my skin is sensitive?

Always have a skin patch test to assess whether your skin is likely to react to the chemicals used.  At-home skin peels are less concentrated but, if you have sensitive or inflamed skin, please seek advice from the professionals at Urban Spa in Bishop’s Stortford.

Do not exfoliate or peel skin that is sunburned, irritated, sensitive or has recently been professionally exfoliated, resurfaced or waxed. Some medications can be contraindications too. Exfoliation is not recommended for users of any topical or orally prescribed acne medications (such as Accutane).

How long does it take for a peel to work?

You should see immediate improvements with an in-salon peel.  For more significant results on breakouts, scarring, pigmentation and ageing concerns, regular treatment over 8-10 weeks with your at-home peel will be required.

At Urban Spa we recommend you have an in-salon treatment – perhaps a microdermabrasion, oxygen treatment or peel, and continue the good work at home with the 10 Dermalogica professional grade peels. They can be used every week.

Will my skin visibly peel?

With the at-home peel, your skin will not peel or flake.  Your skin may look slightly pink and flushed (this varies depending on your skin type and condition) for a few hours.  It usually settles quickly to hear you with clearer, smoother, brighter skin. 

How often should I use a Dermalogica chemical peel?

If you have an in-salon facial treatment first, we would recommend you use the Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel once a week thereafter.

What time of day should I do my chemical peel?

We’d recommend you do your at-home peel during the evening. 

Can I tan after I have a chemical peel?

Avoid direct sun exposure for a few days after a chemical peel.  Although you can eventually tan, we’d strongly advise against it.  Sun exposure can reverse the peel results and your skin may also be more sensitive to the sun. 

Can I still use my regular skin care products? 

Talk to your Urban Spa skin specialist about the products you use on your skin. We can advise you of the correct after-care procedure to ensure your skin remains looking its best. You may need to stop using products which are exfoliants and which contain retinol while using the at home peel.

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