Chemical peels cause intentional damage to the epidermis and/or dermis with the goal of stimulating new tissue to improve skin texture and tone.
Chemical peels have been used dating back to Ancient Egypt. Cleopatra used sour milk to improve the appearance of her skin, according to some sources. Lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) is the active ingredient in sour milk.
Chemical peels improve skin texture and firmness, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. Peels also even out skin tone, improve acne-prone skin and reduce pore size appearance.
Chemical peels are classified as superficial, medium or deep, depending on the depth of penetration of the ingredients used. Superficial peels exfoliate to various levels of the epidermis. Medium-depth peels treat through the papillary dermis and deep peels to the mid-reticular dermis.
The strength of a chemical peel is determined by the type of ingredients used, their concentrations and the pH of the formulation.
Superficial chemical peels decrease the pH, which loosens the connections between dead skin cells, inducing exfoliation and stimulating new cell growth. This process causes superficial layers of dead skin to peel off, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion. Chemical peels can also thicken the epidermis, increase dermal volume and stimulate collagen.
Superficial peels rarely cause side effects. However, hyperpigmentation can still occur with darker skin types.
Medium and deep chemical peels cause protein coagulation and cell necrosis (cell death) in the epidermis and dermis. This induces inflammation and the wound-healing cascade, which leads to dermal regeneration including collagen stimulation. Since medium and deep chemical peels treat through to the dermis, re-epithelialization starts from the epidermal lining of hair follicles outwards.
Medium and deep chemical peels require more downtime and carry with them a higher chance of side effects including hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, infection and scars
Chemical peels are usually performed on the face, but may also be used on the neck, décolleté, back and hands
Some common peeling ingredients include alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and retinol. Alpha hydroxy acids include glycolic acid (originally from sugar cane), lactic acid (originally from milk), malic acid (originally from apples and pears), tartaric acid (originally from grapes) and mandelic acid (originally from bitter almonds). Salicylic acid (related to aspirin) is the only beta hydroxy acid.
Not all peels are created equal, and one peel type doesn’t suit all. Certain ingredients may be more effective for treating acne, while others may be more successful in treating hyperpigmentation or the signs of aging.
AHA peels work by reducing sulfate and phosphate groups from the surface of corneocytes to decrease corneocyte cohesion leading to exfoliation of epidermal cells. Salicylic acid peels are lipid soluble allowing deeper penetration into the follicle. As well as exfoliating, salicylic acid works as both a keratolytic and comedolytic agent by causing cells of the epidermis and in the follicle to shed, clearing the pores and allowing room for new cell growth. In addition, salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties and is able to neutralize bacteria at low percentages. These properties make salicylic acid ideal for acne.
Like a chemical peel, an enzyme peel is also a treatment used to improve skin texture and appearance. Enzymes are applied to the skin, which loosen the connections between dead skin cells, inducing exfoliation and stimulating new cell growth. This process causes superficial layers of dead skin to peel off, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion. Enzyme peels both nourish and exfoliate the skin and are usually made with fruit enzymes. The most popular fruit enzymes are papain, found in papayas, and bromelain, found in pineapple.
We offer a selection of superficial to medium depth peels known for their excellent results and safety profile. We believe in repeated treatments for progressive and gradual results, and to avoid the side effects and downtime associated with deeper peels. Chemical peels should be performed by a trained skin care professional in a clinical setting so that they are delivered safely and effectively.
When peels are performed regularly, the skin gets used to this process and begins to rejuvenate itself like younger skin. To be sure that the body doesn’t react to this deep exfoliation as it would to trauma, which can lead to pigment changes, exfoliation must be introduced gradually giving the skin time to adjust.
Your skin care specialist will complete a thorough skin analysis and recommend an individualized treatment program to address your skin concerns. She will create a personalized program that combines professional treatments with home care products since they work synergistically to improve the health and beauty of skin. Pre-treatment products precondition the skin, accelerate results and minimize complications. Post-treatment products minimize complications, soothe the skin and then maintain the results. Professional treatments enhance the results of your home care products.
Most beneficial ingredients for the skin tend to degrade or denature when placed in the low pH of chemical peel formulas. With that scientific information in mind, AlumierMD peels use only the pure acids; anti-aging, antioxidant and brightening booster ingredients are applied post-peel in our Brightening Accelerator keeping all components effective.
Peels remove the outer dead layers of the stratum corneum, so the booster ingredients are better absorbed when applied post-peel. Our multilayer process can be customized by your skin care professional according to your skin profile and concerns.
Beautiful skin doesn’t happen overnight. A single chemical peel can provide the immediate effect of bright and radiant skin. However, more significant results in treating textural issues, fine lines and inflamed acne take time.
A combined AHA (20% lactic acid) and BHA (10% salicylic acid) medical grade chemical peel. It will improve skin tone and texture by exfoliating dead skin cells and speeding up cell turnover. This chemical peel will target acne pimples, fine lines and wrinkles and, congestion and sun damage.
An AHA (30 % Lactic acid) medical grade peel. Lactic acid exfoliates dead skin cells, hydrates and brightens the skin. It will increase cell turnover and resurface the skin resulting in a radiant complexion.
A highly effective and gentle fruit enzyme solution. It exfoliates dead skin cells, promotes skin renewal whilst brightening the surface of the skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Detox Clear contains 2% salicylic acid and 4% lactic acid excellent for pore penetration and exfoliation. They work together to exfoliate and hydrate, minimising excess oil, reduce acne and prevent more pimples from forming.
A potent and pure retinol and lactic acid treatment. It reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkle and hyperpigmentation by boosting collagen production and this creates a smoother, even tone complexion.
Active ingredients to address your skin concerns. Get ready to relax and let go as you receive the ultimate in customisation and relaxation. This treatment includes a facial massage, lymphatic drainage and pressure point massage that will help release toxins in the skin and soothe pain while relaxing the body and mind.
Deep Moisturising Treatment is an intensely hydrating and nourishing option that infuses antioxidants and moisture binding ingredients resulting in plump, soft skin and a dewy complexion. This customised treatment also includes the application of targeted treatment serums to address your individual skin concerns in order to provide the optimal result.
Enzyme Retexturing Treatment is a highly effective fruit enzyme resurfacing solution. The unique blend of fruit enzymes exfoliates dead skin cells and promotes skin renewal. The result is a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, while soothing and maintaining hydration.
AlumierMD Refining Treatment is a highly effective treatment to refine and purify the skin. A unique blend of clay and exfoliating ingredients removes dead skin cells and promotes skin renewal while clearing trapped oil. The result is a reduction in the appearance of blemishes and excess oil, while soothing and maintaining hydration.
The AlumierMD Express Luxury Facial is the best choice for those who need a deep cleanse but do not have a lot of time. It combines high performing active ingredients with a thorough deep cleanse to address your skin concerns. This experience includes a lymphatic drainage massage that will help release toxins in the skin while relaxing the body and mind.
Eye Rescue Pads are soothing and cooling gel pads to rejuvenate the eye area. This add on is a must for anyone that is looking to improve the appearance of the delicate eye area. You will be treated to a pressure point massage to improve circulation and clarity leaving your eyes looking brighter and refreshed.
With a variety of peels, each with a unique complex of ingredients, you can customise your program of treatments to target your specific skin concerns. This unique experience includes an exfoliating peel treatment, brightening enhancement followed by prescriptive targets serums with reveal a more radiant, soft and luminous skin.
|Chemical Peels||Individual||Course of 3||Course of 6|
|Vitamin A Boost||£75||N/A||N/A|
|Luxury Facial (90 Minutes)||£95||N/A||N/A|
|Deep moisturising treatment (30 Minutes)||£75||N/A||N/A|
|Enzyme Treatment ( 30 Minutes)||£75||N/A||N/A|
|Refining Clay Treatment (30 Minutes)||£75||N/A||N/A|
|Express Luxury Facial (30 Minutes)||£45||N/A||N/A|
|Eye Rescue Treatment||Add on £5||N/A||N/A|
|Professional Peels (30-45 minutes)||£95||N/A||N/A|