Chemical Peel

Treatment Introduction


A chemical peel is a safe and effective skin-resurfacing and regenerative procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to skin to peel away the top layers.  The skin which grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking.  Chemical peels are used to treat age lines and wrinkles, pigmentation irregularities, uneven skin texture, oily or acne skins and scar tissue.  Peels are used typically on the face although treatment may be provided to other areas of the body such as the neck, chest, hands, feet, arms and back.  A chemical peel can be done alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures.  Chemical peels vary in their depth of penetration for very superficial, to superficial and then to medium with deep peels being confined to a surgical procedure.  The choice of which peel will be used on your skin will depend on your skin condition and your desired results.

How a peel it works

In superficial peels, the keratin protein in the dead skin cells is coagulated and the cells are thereby destroyed, become detached from the underlying tissue and then subsequently flake away.  In deeper peels, the inflammatory and healing responses in the skin are triggered by the peeling agent causing the regeneration of new epidermal cells as well as the production of fresh collagen in the dermis.  This brings about the reduction in the signs of ageing, removal of pigmentation staining, reduction in scar tissue and a general refinement of the skin.  In an acneic or oily skin, the peel will reduce the congestion in the pores, reduce inflamed blemishes and improve scarring.

What does the treatment involve?   Does it hurt?

A peel treatment is a relatively quick procedure taking between 20 – 30 minutes in total.  The peel is painted onto your skin in a very fine layer and left on for between 30 seconds and 5 minutes with some of the very gentle peels being left on the skin for up to 10 minutes.  After the given time, your peel will be neutralized and removed with cold water and a cold compress will be applied. Peels should not be painful, but you will experience some level of discomfort depending on your personal sensitivity threshold.  You will experience sensations from a mild tingling sensation, to pins and needles, to heat. Your practitioner will monitor your level of discomfort carefully and if at any time you feel very uncomfortable the peel will be removed straight away.

What are the side effects?  How long will my skin take to recover from the peel?

Peel treatments carried out professionally are very safe procedures which carry minimal risk of adverse skin reactions.  Depending on the intensity and depth of your peel, you may experience light flaking of the skin for 2 -3 days with a superficial peel.  This will increase to more extensive sheathing for 3 -5 days for deeper peels.  It is only the medical strength peels which sheath the skin over 1 – 3 weeks.  Your practitioner will discuss the specific downtime you can expect for the peel you receive before they proceed with any treatment to ensure that you are completely happy with the nature of the treatment

After a peel, your skin may look slightly pink for a few hours, but this will usually subside within 12 – 24 hours.  Many people have no redness at all.  Your skin will be more sensitive than normal for a few days especially to sunlight, so it is absolutely essential that you wear a sunscreen while your skin is recovering.  A feeling of tightness is also very normal for 1 – 5 days post-peeling.


What are the risks of chemical peeling?


A regenerating peel treatment imparts a controlled level of wounding to your skin to prompt it to rebuild more youthful tissue.  If you do not support the skin through the healing process by complying with the aftercare advice given to you by your practitioner, then you risk the skin condition deteriorating or struggling to repair.  This can lead to not only an unsatisfactory result, but the skin may tear, become infected, scar or become hyperpigmented.  Your compliance with the aftercare advice is imperative.  


What are the different peels and which conditions do they treat?

Ameson Mesopeel by Juliette Armand is a professional skin peeling system based on Organic Acids aimed at rejuvenating the skin, leaving it glowing, radiant and soft whilst also treating problematic skin issues.


Mandelic Acid - Sensitive, Dry, Fine Lines, Dark Phototypes, Acne, Rosacea, Melasma, Enlarged pores, Seborrhoea, Discolouration

Lactic Acid - Sensitive, Dry, Fine Lines, Dark Phototypes, Acne, Rosacea

Salicylic Acid – Acne, Enlarged Pores

Glycolic - Keratosis, Wrinkles, Dull Skin, Discolouration, Photogenesis

Salicylic Azelaic – Acne, Seborrhoea, Enlarged Pores, Acne Scars, Acneik Keratosis.


Am I a suitable candidate for treatment?

If you are affected by any of the below conditions, you will be contraindicated from proceeding with the treatment.


  • History of dermatologic disorders that manifest skin sensitivity e.g. eczema / dermatitis / psoriasis (Koebner’s phenomenon)

  • Radiation treatment/chemotherapy in preceding 6/12 months

  • Any form of illness or disease including minor conditions such as colds

  • Invasive medical treatment with the last 6 -12 months including surgery

  • Recent physical injury still healing

  • Photosensitising medication

  • Roaccutane –no treatment for 12 months after conclusion of medication

  • Retin A or other topical Vitamin A or Tretinoin medication –no treatment for 3 –6 months after conclusion of treatment course

  • Currently taking Antibiotics

  • Blood thinning medication – warfarin (Aspirin may be stopped for 3 days prior to treatment and resumed after treatment)

  • Other medications -Check with his/her doctor

  • Known sensitivity to components/ allergies to product ingredients.

  • Any history of Anaphylaxis

  • Active or inflamed outbreak of acne, herpes simplex or Rosacea (If no actives herpes simplex but has a tendency warn client of possible outbreak and advise re prophylactic treatment)

  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding

  • Diabetes

  • Immunosuppressant diseases such as Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV

  • Epilepsy

  • Within 4 weeks pre or post extreme UV light exposure

  • Within 4 –6 weeks of any other form of regenerative skin treatment such as laser resurfacing, other chemical peels, other dermal rollering

  • Within 2 weeks of Botulinum toxin, dermal filler or mesotherapy injectable treatments

  • Within 1 week of waxing in the area to be treated.

  • Within 4 weeks of any skin lasering treatments.


Treatment Aftercare


It is imperative that you follow the aftercare advice to prevent post treatment complications that may arise if you fail to do so. To encourage the best results from your treatment it is also important to eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water to nourish the skin cells in their regeneration process.


  • Do not pick at or exfoliate the flaking skin.

  • Please ensure to use any prescribed products to support skin healing and regeneration.

  • Please apply a physical sunscreen of SPF 30 – 50 to protect from photo sensitisation and free radical damage whenever you are outside (even if it’s a cloudy day)

  • Do not expose your treated skin to intense direct sunlight/sunbeds for at least 4 weeks.

  • Avoid exposing the area to any extremes of heat (only use tepid water when cleaning the area) for 2 -3 days.

  • Avoid harsh, perfumed, astringent, or alcohol containing products in the area for 2 – 3 days.

  • Avoid products containing AHA’s, BHA’s, Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid for 7-14 days.

  • Do not go swimming in a chlorinated pool for one week.

  • Do not have any other clinical treatment such as Laser or IPL, waxing, microdermabrasion, Microneedling, facial steaming or electrolysis for 1 – 4 weeks without full consultation with a professional skin care practitioner.

  • Avoid make up on the area for a minimum of 24 hours unless mineral makeup specifically formulated for post procedural application.

  • To give your skin the best chance of full and rapid healing, do not put your body’s resources under undue strain for the next few days e.g. excessive gym work, other regenerative treatments, Laser/IPL hair removal as this will overload the wound healing responses of the body.

  • Avoid workouts that will cause you to sweat heavily in the facial area for 3 days.

  • Always remove all traces of make-up at the end of the day.

  • Drink plenty of water (we recommend 6-8 glasses per day).

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet – include at least five portions of fruit and vegetables.

  • Wash Make-up brushes regularly

  • Change your pillowcase every 3-7 days

  • Discard of out of date makeup and skincare products