What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are one of the oldest cosmetic treatments performed, dating back to ancient Egyptian times when, natural acids derived from fruit and milk were applied to the skin in the name of beauty. As knowledge and science have advanced, chemical peels are much more sophisticated and specific to a variety of skin problems, including uneven pigmentation, dull, dry or oily skin, wrinkles, blocked pores and acne. At Adonia we use a variety of peels, each with a unique complex of ingredients and which can be divided into two main types namely Superficial (acting on the uppermost layer of the epidermis) and Medium (acting on the uppermost layer of the dermis). Please see our price list for the range of peels we use at Adonia. Following a thorough assessment of your skin our Aesthetic Therapist will recommend the most appropriate peel for you based upon your skin type and skin concerns.

Does it hurt?

Superficial peels may sting, prickle or feel hot for a brief minute or two, but are not described as painful. Medium depth peels do feel a little hot but the sensation passes within minutes.

Used to treat?

  • Dull, tired looking skin
  • Pigmentation
  • Oily or dry skin conditions
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne prone skin
  • Open pores
  • Deeper peels required for deep wrinkles and skin laxity
Are there any side-effects?

Superficial peels- you may be pink, this will settle within a few hours. Your skin may become a little dry and tight, but you may not be aware of any obvious peeling.

Medium depth peels- you may be pink, your skin will feel tight and dry, it may darken in patches prior to peeling, much like a sunburn peel. The peeling usually begins on day 3 or 4 and may last for 3 or 4 days.

Before treatment our practitioners will take a detailed medical history and an assessment of your skin type, needs and expectations to ensure this is an appropriate treatment for you, and to select the right peel for your skin type and expectations.

How long will results last?

Results will depend upon a number of factors, including the type of peel, skin preparation and aftercare. A course of treatments is recommended initially, and then regular maintenance treatment will achieve the best results over a longer period of time.