Which Chemical Peel Suits You?

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Many people heard the term “chemical peel” but they don’t know what it entails and how it works? They don’t realise that there are various kinds of peels including some brand-new peels that are great for improving the skin appearance.

Types of Chemical Peel?

Lactic Peel

  • Contains the popular alpha hydroxy acids
  • Powerful ingredient which helps to reduce acne breakouts and appearance of wrinkles and signs of ageing
  • Derived from the milk
  • Ideal for sensitive or dry skin
  • It has active ingredients such as retinol
  • If concerned about having an adverse reaction, then this peel looks easier on skin

Pigment Balancing Peel

  • Consists of high powered brightening and anti-inflammatory agents with a powerful exfoliating acid solution, thus it accelerates cell renewal and improves hyperpigmentation
  • Improves skin radiance and texture
  • Lightens dark spots and evens-out skin tone
  • Eliminates brown spots
  • Supports healthy collagen levels for firmer skin
  • Minimise wrinkles and fine lines
  • For desired effect – you need to use sunscreen

Glycolic Peel

  • It is a medium grade chemical peel – It targets the skin’s epidermis rather than penetrating down to deeper layers
  • The peels must be administered by an aesthetician or dermatologist
  • It rejuvenates the skin and fights aging
  • It improves acne by removing dirty layers, bacteria, dead skin cells
  • To shrink pores and improve overall skin tone
  • If used properly you will see positive results for several months

Beta Peel

  • It uses salicyclic acid to exfoliate the skin
  • It renews the skin by lifting dead cells from your face and it stimulates metabolism
  • You can quickly achieve substantial improvement in uneven pigmentation
  • It reduces acne scars and enlarged pores

Who can use chemical peels?

Usually, light-haired and fair-skinned patients are the ones who can use any chemical peel. Darker skinned people can also get good results, but it depends upon the type of problem they are trying to combat.

Before taking chemical peel inform your clinician if you have any scarring, cold sores, or facial X-rays in your history.

What to expect after a chemical peel?

This is very much depending upon the type of peel you have, a reaction such as sunburn may occur. Peeling usually, involves redness then followed by scaling, but this should disappear within 3 to 7 days.

Mild peels can be repeated at 1 to 4-week intervals until you get the look you are after.

You will need to avoid the sun for some days after a chemical peel since your new skin will be fragile.


Chemical peel is very popular because it offers immediate results and is performed as an outpatient procedure.

Are you looking for a consultation regarding this chemical peels, which one is best for you and what you can expect? My Skin Design is an experienced and established UK based company offering this service. Highly trained certified professionals will sit and talk with you and explain exactly how it works, which treatment will suit you best and answer any further question you might have.

Call us on 0333-321-0029 to book an appointment

Free Superficial Chemical Peel

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Chemical peels are an increasingly popular way to revitalise your look, if you’re interested in having a free taster for a superficial chemical peel in Manchester, Stockport please email  info@myskindesign.co.uk . First come first served so make sure you get in touch straight away! Terms and conditions apply, see bottom of page for details.

Chemical peels are used to:

• Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
• Reduce wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
• Improve the appearance of mild scars
• Treat certain types of acne
• Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches
• Help your skin produce more collagen
• Improve the look and feel of skin
• Improve the cell turnover rate of your skin

There are some important considerations you need to contemplate before having a chemical peel:

1. Is a chemical peel right for me?

Chemical peels are great for most people, whether it’s a few wrinkles you’d like to smooth out or acne scars you’re self conscious about. Chemical peels are ideal for those with fair skin but people with dark skin may experience some discolouration depending on the type of problem being treated.

2. What kind of peel do I need?

Chemical peels come in various strengths – superficial, medium and deep – and you must never opt for a chemical peel that is too strong. If you’re concerned then simply start with the lightest option as you can always go for a stronger one next time. As cooks may say; you can always add but you can’t take away.

It’s best to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks, but if you suffer from acne there are some gentle peels you can have every two weeks until you get the results you want.

3. What preparation must I do, and is there anything I need to do after?

To prepare, you may need to take supplementary tablets such as Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid to help protect your skin. Once you’ve had your chemical peel you must stay away from direct sunlight and make sure you don’t have a holiday in a hot country for at least six week after.

If you’re having a deep peel, it may be worth staying hidden away for a couple of days as your skin could become red and a little swollen. Don’t worry though; it’ll all be worth it once the redness has gone!

4. Where should I get my chemical peel done?

Importantly, your chemical peel should only be administered by a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Currently there aren’t any statutory qualifications required to administer a chemical peel so it can be risky. They should have at least a relevant degree and ideally be a Member of the British Association of Dermatologists/Plastic surgeons.

Here at myskindesign we are qualified and long-time members of the British Association of Dermatologists and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons so rest assured, you’re in safe hands.

Not only are you in safe hands, those hands come free! Email info@myskindesign.co.uk  for your free taster for a superficial chemical peel in Leeds, Manchester, Stockport. First come first served so make sure you get in touch straight away! *Terms and conditions apply, see below for details.

Dr Naila Usmani
Consultant Dermatologist
MBChB, BSc(Pharm), MRCP

Free Chemical Peel Taster Terms and Conditions: One free peel per patient to be claimed within 3 months. Maximum of 15 offers available.

Strawberries: Berry Good For Your Skin

Strawberries are good for your skin!

Strawberries have a tendency to taste even more delicious whilst watching Wimbledon Tennis in the sunshine.

As well as being delicious, they have incredible health benefits that include working miracles on your skin.

Whether you’re eating strawberries or using them directly on your face, here’s a lowdown of the top 5 reasons to stock up on them this summer:

1. Skin Repair and Acne Benefits
Strawberries contain some really beneficial acids including folic acid and salicyclic acid. Both can be found in abundance in strawberries (and raspberries for that matter). Folic acid actively encourages cell renewal and repair, which is perfect for suffering or aging skin. Plus, salicyclic acid is a widely known product used in anti-acne treatments. Spot on!

2. UV Protection
Like tomatoes, strawberries contain loads of antioxidants so eating them is a great way to protect your insides and outsides from free-radicals which are exacerbated by UV. Eat plenty of strawberries and give yourself a mini strawberry facial to give yourself the best protection. Plus, always use sunscreen to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay!

3. Anti-Ageing
Ellagic acid is another great feature of strawberries that contributes to UV protection, but primarily its starring role is as an anti-ager. Along with Vitamin C, these work together to encourage cell regrowth, effectively combatting the influences of ageing.

4. Healthy insides, healthy outsides
Fibrous cereals look and taste like cardboard, but we’re constantly told to up our fibre intake. Happily, strawberries have a high percentage of fibre. Keeping plenty of fibre in your diet keeps your insides clean as it helps clear out toxins from your system. Healthy inside, healthy outside!

5. Zinc, Zinc, Zinc
Zinc is the best. Not only does it boost your sex drive, it is also your #1 part of your Skincare SOS kit. Zinc is a primary part of the process of cell division within your body and it can be found within every cell from your head to your toes. Zinc can also help control and maintain healthy hormone levels, which not only helps fight effects of acne but can also fight ageing. Perfect.

As well as chowing down on an enormous bowl of strawberries, you can also make simple and effective homemade toners and masks using strawberries.

Simple Strawberry Toner:
Mash up 2 large strawberries in a small bowl and sieve the juice into 30ml of water, plus half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Using cotton wool gently spread this over your face. Leave for 8-10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. You can keep this water in a small bottle for up to 5 days and store in the fridge.

Strawberry Facemask:
Mash up strawberries, add a little raw honey and a teaspoon of live yoghurt and spread on your skin as a mask. Leave for 10-15 minutes before washing off with clean water and patting your skin dry. You can also use this as a scrub by massaging into your skin using circular movements. Another great feature of this mask – it’s not just edible but delicious too!

If you’d like to give your skin the ultimate treat, read here about our free superficial chemical peel taster in Manchester, Stockport

Dr Naila Usmani
Consultant Dermatologist
MBChB, BSc(Pharm), MRCP