Chemical peels vs. high-street peels
17th August 2018
Chemical peels have been used for skin rejuvenation for literally centuries; they were widely used by the ancient Egyptians, but now they’re available from the comfort of our Buckinghamshire aesthetic clinic. They tackle a wide range of many different skin conditions such as active acne, acne scarring, and even the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, they’re becoming more readily available on the high-street shelves. Is there a real difference between in-clinic chemical peels and those available in the shops?
General vs. specialist
Chemical peels purchased on the high-street are products associated with ‘blanket skincare’. This means they’re sort of an umbrella of a skincare product, not really focussing on any one specific skin condition. They’re a one-size-fits-all kind of product when you find them in shops or online, just achieving a light exfoliation at best. In-clinic chemical peels can be tailored to certain strengths and treatment times to suit you. When receiving one by appointment with a trained professional, your chemical peel is specifically moulded to your needs. If you’re seeking to tackle a specific skin concern but opt for a generalised, high-street product, you’re only going to achieve generalised results. If everyone’s skin is different, why buy a pre-packaged treatment when you could receive individualised specialist treatment elsewhere?
Chemical peels available on the high-street also come in very minor strengths. They’re more of a light exfoliant for the skin rather than a true chemical-peel. Their acidic concentration is far lower than those we provide in our clinic because of their public availability, whereas our skin professionals can use higher and more effective strengths. Because of their lightness and dilution, high-street chemical peels can’t address the skin’s health or assist in deep skin remodelling, but only it’s short term appearance. They can’t tackle any underlying problems in your skin or specific skin concerns, so your problems are likely to return after this short-term quick fix. A course of professional peels safely treats complex skin conditions like acne, sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and even acne scarring.
What about aftercare?
There are a few aftercare guidelines that chemical peels need, but you may not realise with a high-street peel. Even though they’re not as strong as in-clinic skin peels, they’re still a relatively acidic skincare product that can leave your skin dry (which can even prompt more oil production). When you don’t visit a professional clinic like Deluxe, you miss out on proper aftercare advice and consultation. For example, we’d always advise you to wear sun protection for a few days after a peel to protect the fresh skin. Letting the skin breathe for a few days is also beneficial, so lessening the topical makeup you apply could help regeneration. These are bits of information you wouldn’t have found on the back of a high-street bottle, so in-clinic chemical peels don’t just provide superior results, but they provide advice on how best to prolong them.
We know that an at-home chemical peel may seem like less of a fuss, but professional peels yield far better results. However, we do offer cosmeceutical skincare for those seeking facial rejuvenation from the comfort of their own home. Our ZO Skin Health medical range, developed by world-renowned dermatologist Dr Zein Obagi, bridges the divide between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. When seeking to maintain the results of a peel or simply to begin a skin routine that you can trust, we’d always recommend discovering if ZO Skin Health is suitable for you.
Chemical peels are a great way to rebalance your skin and bring a fresh glow to your face, but always consider coming to the professionals like Deluxe Clinic for your treatment! Enquire online or call 01753 885777 to book your consultation today.