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Chemical Peels


Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

Chemical peeling involves the application of a chemical solution to the surface of the skin to produce the careful removal of its outer layers. The amount of skin removed will depend on the type of chemical used, the strength of the product (superficial, medium or deep) and how long it is left on the skin.

They can be used on most areas of the body, but are commonly used on the face or the backs of the hands to improve rough skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, blemishes, scars or acne and actinic keratosis (precancerous skin growth).

At Elite Aesthetics we use a range of superficial to medium depth peels, allowing us to balance efficacy with your lifestyle, to avoid the lengthy recovery periods of the deeper, more aggressive treatments, whilst providing a highly effective peeling system.

If you are considering having a course of peels you will also need to follow a home care regimen with specifically recommended products to allow you to see optimal results.

To find out more about the peels we offer, and which would be most beneficial for you, please get in touch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, discolored skin and scars — usually on the face. They can be done alone or combined with other cosmetic procedures. And they can be done at different depths, from light to deep. Deeper chemical peels offer more-dramatic results but also take longer to recover from. Peels can be combined with microneedling to tackle deeper scars.

Will chemical peels get rid of freckles?

A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to exfoliate and peel off areas of damaged skin. To remove freckles, a moderate skin peel containing glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid penetrates the skin’s middle layers. Once damaged skin is removed, new skin is generated.

How chemical peels help acne?

Acne can be a difficult condition to treat. The right peel can tackle acne and soften the scars that come with it. Salicylic acid peels and Jessner’s peels (equal parts salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol, an antiseptic exfoliant) dive deep into skin to unclog pores while also skimming the surface to lossen blackheads and fade post-pimple pigmentation marks.

What is The ZO Stimulator Peel?

The ZO Stimulator Peel is a wonderful introduction to peels for anyone that has not had a peel before.

It is a superficial peel which causes no downtime no peeling or flaking. A combination of citric, glycolic and lactic acids help to improve skin texture and tone by providing both accelerated exfoliation of the epidermal layer and a unique brightening complex works to prevent the formation of pigmentation.

If you have been considering a peel but feel a little nervous, then the Stimulator Peel is for you. This ‘celebrity’ loved treatment is a favourite before big events and is often known as the ‘lunchtime red carpet peel’ because no downtime is required afterwards, simply a glowing rejuvenated complexion.

It uses a combination of three exfoliating ingredients- glycolic, lactic and citric acid to slough away dead skin cells and any superficial blemishes to reveal fresh, clearer skin underneath. It also stimulates cell turnover for continued improvement to the skin.

A highly effective treatment for the many signs of skin ageing, the ZO Stimulator Peel is ideal for treating sun damage, fine lines, uneven texture, large pores, dull skin, and even acne. Suitable for any skin type or colour. This peel can help with the following:

  • Help with the appearance of hyperpigmentation
  • Soften and rejuvenate sun damaged skin
  • Citric Acid gives the skin a healthy glow
  • Improve the appearance of age spots or freckles
  • Removes dead skin cells from the superficial epidermal layers
  • Restore skin integrity and radiance

What Happens During the ZO Stimulator Peel?

Your skin will be cleansed using the appropriate cleanser from the ZO range to remove any make up or oil. This is followed by ZO Exfoliating Polish and Polish Activator and ZO Peel Prep Solution to prepare the skin for the Peel.

The Stimulator Peel is then applied and left on for two to four minutes before it is neutralised with pads soaked in Peel Neutraliser, which restores the Ph balance of the skin after the acids in the peel. If you are having a Brightening or Hydrating Medical Peel, the appropriate products are then applied. The final step is the application of ZO Daily Power Defence moisturising serum and ZO Ommerse Renewel Cream to hydrate and protect your skin.

The active Peel solution causes the superficial layer of the skin to peel off and may cause slight initial reddening. The treatment exposes a new layer of healthy undamaged skin, resulting in a smoother texture and a more even skin tone.

Clears pores to help reduce blackheads and whiteheads

  • Glycolic Acid stimulates cell turnover
  • Lactic acid to slough away dead skin cells

The peel can be combined with other treatments to enhance the results.

What are the Benefits of the ZO Stimulator Peel?

  • No Downtime
  • Help with the appearance of hyperpigmentation
  • Soften and rejuvenate sun damaged skin
  • Citric Acid gives the skin a healthy glow
  • Improve the appearance of age spots or freckles
  • Removes dead skin cells from the superficial epidermal layers
  • Restore skin integrity and radiance

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

Between 45 and 60 minutes.

Is the ZO Stimulator Peel Painful?

We have a fan blowing cold air to make you extra comfortable during your treatment. Unlike some stronger chemical peels during which you may feel discomfort, the Stimulator Peel is not painful and does not involve any downtime. You may experience a mild warming sensation briefly whilst the peel is applied. There may be slight initial reddening of the skin, followed by limited peeling a day or two later. For special events the Peel is ideal to have 3 days before.

How many ZO Stimulator Peels Do I Need?

We recommend having a peel once a month to maintain your skin.


Mandelic acid peel
It is therefore a goto peel for the treatment of sensitive and damaged skins including for the treatment of rosacea. The mandelic peel has an antibacterial property and was initially used as an oral antibiotic. It is therefore a good choice for those suffering from acne.

Mandelic Facial Peel Benefits

  • Exfoliates dead skin cells from the surface leaving the skin softer, smoother, and brighter.
  • Encourages skin cell turnover and boosts collagen production
  • Regarded as the best peel for treating blemishes and hyperpigmention
  • The best peel for African, African American, and Asian skin types.
  • Considered to be less irritating than glycolic acid and therefore a better choice for sensitive skin types.
  • Mild solutions are reported to be effective on rosacea affected skin.
  • Mandelic Acid is the only Alpha-hydroxy acid that can work within the pores to relieve congestion and so can help reduce acne outbreaks and may reduce enlarged pores.


Jessner Peel

The Jessner peel is done by brushing an acidic liquid onto the skin to remove the top layers and encourage new, younger looking skin to grow.

Benefts of the Jessner Peel

  • reduce dark patches and age spots
  • even out skin tone
  • reduce the appearance of scars
  • smooth fine lines and wrinkles
  • treat melasma (skin discoloration) and hyperpigmentation

How does the Jessner Peel work?

The Jessner peel is typically a medium peel, which means it removes skin cells from the top layer of your skin, the epidermis, and the upper portion of the middle layer, the dermis. However, it can also be used as a superficial peel, which has a faster healing time but needs to be performed more often to get the results of a deeper peel.

What is the Jessner Peel?

Regardless of the depth, the peel is made up of a mix of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol in a 95 percent ethanol solution.



Salicylic Acid Peel

The Salicylic Acid peel is one of the most effective peel treatments available for moderate acne with excellent results including:

  • Deeply cleanses the skin and folicles of dirt, debris and oil
  • Reduces breakouts and clogged pores
  • Effectively reduces inflammation

What Does the Salicylic Acid Peel Treat?

  • Salicylic Acid is able to penetrate and decongest follicles
  • Actively reducing redness and inflammation
  • Preventing future breakouts
  • Targeting bacteria

Benefits of Salicylic Acid Peel

  • Controls inflamed pustules
  • Tackles redness associated with blemishes
  • Acts as an effective anti-inflammatory
  • Increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture, especially when combined with other treatments.
  • Deeply exfoliating, penetrates right down into the follicle
Lactic Acid Peel

This makes a lactic acid peel a better choice for sensitive skin. Lactic acid may also be an option if you’ve tried another peels in the past and found the product too strong.

Benefits of a Lactic Acid Peel

Lactic acid is used to create a mild chemical peel that can help even out your skin tone. It can help address:

  • age spots
  • melasma
  • rough texture
  • fine lines

How often can you do a lactic acid peel?

1-2 treatments for 6-8 weeks will usually give you optimal results. Again, these results will depend on your skin, the strength of the peel, the frequency of the peel, and how well you take care of your skin post-peel. Because lactic acid peels are mild, they can be safely used 1-2 times per week.

Is lactic acid peel good for acne?

Chemical peels containing lactic acid are beneficial for aiding in the control of pimples and acne, decreasing the appearance of pores and smoothing out rough skin.

Which is better glycolic or lactic acid peel?

Lactic acid is excellent at hydrating and brightening to the skin. It has a very large molecular structure and thus it tends to be less irritating. Glycolic acid peels, on the other hand, has the smallest molecular structure, penetrating quickly and deeper – thus can be more irritating for some people.


What is a Glycolic Acid Peel?

Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (or AHA) that’s derived from sugar cane.

It joins other acids you might recognize, such as lactic acid, tartaric acid, and citric acid.

How Does a Glycolic Acid Peel Work?

It helps shed dead skin cells and reveal the newer, brighter layers underneath by acting on the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin)

How long does it take for glycolic acid to work?

How long does glycolic acid take to work? Just like every other skin care treatment, consistency is key when using glycolic acid products. The effects start showing in 2-3 weeks, and a complete skin transformation takes about 6-8 months.

  • Makes Skin Pores Small. Glycolic peels are very effective at shrinking the pores of your skin. …
  • Good for Acne. Glycolic peels can prove to be an excellent treatment for acne and acne scars. …
  • Reduces the Effects of Sun Damage. …
  • Anti Aging. …
  • Increases Collagen Production.
What is a Pyruvic Acid Peel?

Pyruvic Acid Peel – EnerPeel® PA is the next most active acid to a TCA, but with a much greater safety profile. As a keto acid, it has a sebum slowing effect like the beta hydroxyl acid Salicylic Acid, but it penetrates much deeper than an EnerPeel® SA.

It can be also used in conjunction with EnerPeel® JR for a deeper peel especially when sun damage combined with lines and wrinkles is the target.

Benefits of Pyruvic Acid Peels:

  • Decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other premature signs of aging. Pyruvic Acid visibly:
  • reduces acne blemishes while minimizing pore size
  • lessening the appearance of dark spots
  • improving skin tone, texture and smoothness.
The Perfect Peel


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Who makes the perfect peel?

The Perfect Peel Company makes the Perfect Peel.

How much does the perfect peel cost?

At Elite Aesthetics, the Perfect Peel Costs £350.

What are the Benefits of the Perfect Peel?

  • Improve the overall tone and texture of your skin
  • Lighten and brighten your skin
  • Remove or reduce sun damage and age spots
  • Reduce pore size and soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce or eliminate Hyperpigmentation and acne scars
  • Improve acne skin conditions and Melasma
  • Stimulate the production of collagen resulting in firmer skin
  • Slow down the aging process and prevent wrinkles
What is the ZO 3 Step Peel?

The ZO 3-Step Peel is a medium-strength peel that combines 10% TCA (trichloroacetic acid), salicylic acid, lactic acid and high-dose retinol (6%). It is indicated for patients of any skin type and colour, who require a more potent skin peel (medium strength), but with minimal downtime (3-5 days).

How Much Does the ZO 3 Step Peel Costs?

The peel is conducted by our doctor and costs £350.


What is a TCA Peel?

TCA peels are cosmetic treatments that use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to improve your skin’s appearance. The peels come in a variety of strengths or concentrations of acid. A TCA peel works by removing dead skin cells and stimulating new skin cell growth.

What is Obagi Blue Skin Peel?

Obagi Blue Skin Peel is a leading deep rejuvenation treatment which helps eliminate blemishes, acne scars, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and sun damage whilst increasing overall texture and tightness. … These dead cells are replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin’s own clarity and tightness to resurface.

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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is CQC (Care Quality Commission) Registered, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health and NHS England.

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