What are chemical peels ?
Chemical peels have been around for a long time and for a good reason—they work! Addressing a wide range of skin concerns and conditions from acne scars and uneven skin tone to melasma and fine lines and wrinkles, there is a peel for pretty much any skin problem.
What are skin peels? They harness the power of naturally occurring acids and active ingredients to deeply exfoliate and brighten the skin. The treatment stimulates new cell growth and collagen production, helping to reveal fresher, clearer, brighter complexion.
At CLEO Clinic, we offer a variety of chemical peels to suit each individual’s needs and lifestyle. Our skin peel specialists will advise the perfect peel during your initial consultation and prescribe a bespoke treatment plan.
Benefits of chemical peel
Types of chemical peel
younger-looking skin below. Chemical peels vary in their effectiveness depending on the depth of the peel.
There are three main types of chemical peels; superficial, medium and deep.
Superficial chemical peels remove the outer epidermal layer of skin to produce a brighter/fresher appearance, reduce fine lines and improve the appearance of pigmentation and acne scarring. Usual peeling agents include Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) such as glycolic acid.
Medium depth peels (Trichloroacetic acid peels) produce a medium-depth peel. They are more effective at removing fine lines, pigmentary changes and acne scarring. They will cause swelling and a scab will form over the treated area. Recovery from a TCA peel typically takes a week to ten days. Chemical peels are often performed in conjunction with a face lift to deal with fine lines and wrinkles not addressed by the surgical procedure especially around the mouth.
Deep chemical peels will treat deeper wrinkles but are associated with an increased risk of complications as well as a much longer recovery time.
Following your treatment your skin will appear red, like a sunburn, or slightly darker. The amount of skin peeling associated with The Signature Peel is mainly a sloughing of thin sheets of epidermis skin.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA). The application is personalised to the needs of each individual patient in order to precisely control the depth of exfoliation to be achieved. The peels are variable in the depth and can be used on all skin types and can also be effective on the neck, chest, hands and arms.
The TCA peel is used to resurface the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation variance over the face, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after acne, sun damage, lentigo solaris and actinic keratosis. The procedure takes up to half an hour depending on the area to be covered. The depth of peel is dependant on the primary skin condition to be treated.
Light exfoliation: This will penetrate the top layer of skin known as the stratum corneum to reduce fine lines, large pores, open comedones (black heads) and minor skin pigmentation problems. The time period for healing differs from person to person.
Deep exfoliation: This penetrates the epidermis to the basal layer which is the bottom layer of the epidermis, the top layer of skin, so it is moderate in depth. This can be applied for deeper lines and acne scarring correction and pigmentation problems the time period for healing differs from person to person.
Standard Peel: This deep peel penetrates the papillary dermis which part of the dermis and is used for marked pigmentation and deep acne scarring problems as well as deep lines and wrinkles. The time period for healing differs from person to person.
After your treatment you will be given detailed information that is specific to your aftercare and you will be prescribed aftercare products to protect and moisturise your skin as part of the healing process. You will be able to contact a specialist member of the team for any queries that you may have. You will then be seen again in a follow up appointment about 10 to 15 days after the procedure. In this appointment the doctor will assess your recovery, the effect of the peel and provide you with an opportunity to ask any further questions and receive further clinical instructions.
The Glycolic Peel stimulates the production of collagen and elastin by clearing the superficial layer of dead skin that gives a dull complexion. A substance called glycolic acid or alpha hydroxyl acid is the chemical in the peel that gently removes the top layer of skin. The peel is mild and used in conjunction with prescribed skin preparations as part of the treatment regimen to give you rejuvenated skin and a healthy glow to your complexion.
The Glycolic Peel is frequently used to target fine lines and wrinkles, to even out skin discolouration and to improve skin texture. The Glycolic Peel is also effective in reducing the appearance of acne scarring and sun spots. The exfoliation process removes the dead skin cells revealing the softer, smoother, healthier skin below.
The Signature Peel utilises a unique formula to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne as well as lightening Melasma, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Using a combination of acids the Perfect Peel will deliver outstanding results after just one treatment. After a single treatment your overall skin tone and complexion will appear smoother, fresher and more glowing. A series of 2 to 3 treatments applied once every 4 weeks will allow for optimum results for more severe skin conditions such as Melasma and active acne.
The SIgnature Peel is suitable for all skin types and is commonly applied to the face, neck, chest and hands. It can be applied to other areas of the body. If this is something you are interested in please discuss this with your aesthetic practitioner. The Signature Peel will help erase fine lines and wrinkles, reduce enlarged pores, help build collagen and elastin which in turn help to tighten and firm the skin. In addition, it will reduce or even eliminate hyperpigmentation and Melasma. Acne and acne scars can be dramatically improved but may require 3 to 4 treatments for optimum results. The treatment fights free radical damage to remove discolouration due to sun damage and even out overall skin tone and complexion.
Dr. Raimie Bin Rahmad
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) – MMA
Professional Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine
Specializes in non invasive aesthetic treatments including dermal fillers , thread lifting and anti wrinkles treatments.
Dr. Tan Choy Ling
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) – MMA
Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology in Clinical Practice – University of South Wales, UK
Professional Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine – AAA
Specializes in non invasive aesthetic treatments with an interest in skin diseases and acne treatments.
This treatment is very popular on the face but can also be used on most body areas such as legs, hands, neck, shoulder, buttocks that suffers from
Acne- chemical peel acne treatments exfoliate the skin and allow dead skin cells and excess oils to be removed more effectively. This action unblocks hair follicles and pores and reduces the appearance of pimples, improving the overall skin texture in people with acne.
Fine lines and wrinkles-chemical peels can reduce these, especially under the eye area and around the mouth in sun damaged or ageing skin.
Rough skin texture- chemical skin peels can improve rough skin texture by increasing the amount of collagen in the upper layer of the skin.
Lentigines (large freckles) which appear as dark spots on the skin, also called liver spots, or age spots- a course of chemical peels can lighten large freckles and improve the appearance of sun damaged skin.
Melasma- is a dark skin discoloration which appears as patches commonly found on the cheeks, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead and is common in women who are taking hormonal treatment. A course of chemical peels can lighten the appearance of dark discoloured skin caused by melasma.
Hyperpigmentation- caused by excess skin pigment in the skin which can result in uneven skin tone. Chemical peels can lighten and even out the skin tone.
Like all treatments, chemical peels involve some level of risk. Chemical peels are a normally safe and popular way to treat skin wrinkling and fine scarring.
To help ensure a successful outcome, the patient should be a good candidate, the doctor should be well trained in chemical peeling techniques, the clinic facility should be properly equipped and the patient should follow the doctor’s instructions and advice. While complications are uncommon, patient should discuss the risks and possible side effects with the doctor. Chemical peels can offer softer, smoother skin to those who never thought it was possible.