Clinicare Chemical Peels 

Clinicare chemical ‘light’ Peels 

Chemical peel depth can range from superficial to deep, although several light depth peels can often achieve similar results to one deeper peel. Peels generally exfoliate the skin, safely removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, stimulating growth of new skin and bringing fresh, new skin to the surface.

3 targeted ranges for specific skin concerns:

Glow – brightening, targets hyperpigmentation & dull looking skin. The CliniCare Glow AHA peel is a superficial glycolic peel (glycolic acid 28%; mandelic acid 6%; kojic acid 4%; arbutin 2%) effective in treating hyperpigmentation, age spots, sun damage and dull, tired skin. It will remove the upper layers of the epidermis (PH 1.7), inhibit melanin synthesis, brighten the skin, even out discolouration and is safe to use on darker skin.

Pure – complexion-clearing soothes & relieves irritated complexions, targets hyperactive sebaceous glands, rehydrates & rejuvenates, protects against inflammation by blocking free radicals and increasing antioxidant functionality. The CliniCare Pure BHA (20% salicylic acid; 12% lactic acid; 12% glycolic acid) peel is a mild salicylic acid peel suitable for acne treatment and the improvement of skin texture. It is a light superficial chemical peel that will remove the upper layers of the epidermis (PH 2.4). Suitable for: inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne; blackheads and comedones; rough texture, fine lines & wrinkles; enlarged pores; skin ageing.

Refresh – anti-ageing & hydrating. The CliniCare Refresh AHA (48% glycolic acid; 4% phytic acid; 2% kojic acid) peel is a superficial chemical peel that removes the upper layers of the epidermis (PH 1.55). It strengthens the skin and stimulates collagen synthesis.  Suitable for: ageing skin, photo damaged skin; rough texture; fine lines & wrinkles; enlarged pores and dull, sallow skin colour.

Before treatment: clients who use retinoids, undergo frequent facials or microdermabrasion/dermaplaning/laser procedures or use facial waxing as a method of hair removal may experience unpredictable deeper peel penetration. A patch test may be necessary for some clients (see below). Please notify in advance of your appointment any medical conditions, medication (both oral and topical) – see contraindications below.

After treatment: skin may be sensitive afterwards, so it is advisable to avoid things that may irritate it, including heat, strong substances and friction. Effects will typically resolve within hours and most people may return to their normal activities the same or next day.

  • Avoid touching, scratching, rubbing or picking the skin for 24 hours (wash hands first before touching face)
  • Wash face gently using warm water and a gentle acid-free, SLS/soap-free cleanser (pat dry)
  • Avoid high impact physical activity, excess heat (heavy exercise, sauna, steam room) and chlorine for at least 24 hours
  • Avoid sun tanning and creams. Wear SPF min 30 outside for at least 2 weeks after.
  • Retin A, exfoliating products and products with alcohol or fragrance in should be avoided for at least 72 hours before and after treatment
  • Avoid intensive sun exposure, tanning booths or extreme weather conditions for 2 weeks
  • Keep skin hydrated and moisturised
  • Mineral make up may be applied once skin has settled
  • If required, cool your skin with cold water or a cold compress

Contraindications include: active bacterial, viral, fungal, or herpetic infection; severely damaged skin (sun burn/damage in particular); open wounds, history of drugs with photosensitising potential; pre-existing inflammatory dermatoses (e.g. psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, pemphigus); facial cancers, especially facial melanoma; recent surgery involving the face (within last several months thus not fully healed); recent radiation treatment; a history of scarring / hypertrophic scarring / keloids (depending upon peel this does not necessarily preclude all peels but for the milder peels a patch test before treatment is required & peels spaced further apart); some oral topical acne medication or oral retinoids (e.g. Accutane); grade 4 acne; uncontrolled high/low blood pressure; diabetes and cancer (medical consent required) may be possible contraindications-please advise before booking. Reduction in alcohol consumption during a course of treatments is advised. Exercise to be avoided on day of treatment. Medical conditions such as cardiac, hepatic or renal disease may influence the type of peel you can have. Exogenous oestrogens, oral contraceptives and other medications may be photosensitising and predispose some clients to pigmentation after chemical peeling; this does not always preclude all peels but a cautious approach will need to be taken.

for Refresh peels, those with a history of abnormal scarring, keloids, atrophic skin or isotretinoin use in the last 12 months or those with a Fitzpatrick skin type of 5 and above.

For Glow peels, a patch test needs to be carried out for clients with nut allergies due to mandelic acid content.

For Pure peels, a patch test needs to be carried out for clients with a Fitzpatrick skin type of 5 and above.

**A history of herpes simplex (cold sores) requires antiviral prophylaxis from your GP/Pharmacist (e.g. 400 mg Acyclovir) from 2 days prior to the peel and continued for 5 days after the peel to reduce the risk of recurrent herpes infection. Any existing lesion must heal completely before undergoing a chemical peel. **

**Clients who smoke must understand the necessity for smoking cessation. The dynamic action of puffing can worsen perioral rhytides and the chemicals in the smoke can cause enzymatic reactions that weaken the skin and cause further wrinkling around the mouth and eyes.**


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