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What is a Glycolic Acid Peel?

The Glycolic Acid Peel is one of the most popular non-invasive treatments available, with virtually no downtime and no peeling. With a wide array of benefits ranging from fine lines and uneven skin tone and texture, to treating more challenging concerns such as pigmentation and photodamage. It is also a great option for those oilier or dryer skins as it helps to regulate them. Epiderma5 40% Glycolic Peel not only improves all of these concerns, but it also acts as an excellent anti-bacterial, helping to reduce acne and leave skin feeling soft, clean, and revitalised.

How does it work?

The peel works by safely creating a controlled wound and weakening the bond between dead skin cells, which activates a healing cascade which in turn stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and the new forming of skin cells, this then promotes a healthier, brighter, more plump skin.

Preparing your skin for a Peel

It is important to prepare your skin for the treatment to ensure that not only we can go ahead with the treatment, but that you get the best possible results. 

  • Avoid AHAs or Glycolics for 14 days

  • No Microdermabrasion or any other exfoliation procedure for 7 days prior

  • No Botox for 14 days

  • No Dermal Fillers for 21 days

  • With any male clients wanting a full face peel, please shave the night before to maximise results

Caring for your skin after a Peel

Although there is no downtime to a Glycolic Chemical Peel, you may experience possible side effects such as redness, swelling, scabbing, peeling and prolonged sensitivity to wind and sun. All of these are completely normal and in the unlikely circumstances of these occurring, they will subside within 72 hours.

  • Do not use any Retinol products for 4 weeks

  • If any redness persists, do not go back to using Glycolic Acid until it is resolved

  • Skin may feel drier or tighter, this is quite normal. Use extra moisturiser if needed

  • Do not use a sunbed, sunbathe, sauna or steam bath for 7 days after your peel

  • Avoid electrolysis, waxing, bleaching (face) for 7 days

  • Do not swim in chlorinated water for 3-5 days

  • No excessive exercise immediately after treatment

  • Avoid makeup for 12 hours, mineral is recommended

  • Ensure you wear an SPF moisturiser

  • Is it painful?
    This treatment is painless however you will feel heat and tingling whilst the peel is in contact with the skin. This can increase after the masque is removed, however after neutralization, the subsequent application of the Rejuvenating 'Ice' Masque calms the skin almost entirely.
  • How much does it cost?
    £105 - however if a course of treatments is required, this can start from £260 for 3 subsequent treatments.
  • How often should I have a Fire & Ice?
    We recommend a treatment every month or every other month. If you are looking to improve stubborn skin concerns such as fine lines, hyperpigmentation or acne, courses of 3-6 are recommended to provide more intense, long-lasting results.
  • How do I know if I'm suitable for a Fire & Ice?
    The Fire & Ice is suitable for most skin types except for extremely sensitive skins. There are some exclusionary criteria which means you are unable to undergo a Fire & Ice treatment. Please read the list below and if any of these apply to you, unfortunately you will not be suitable for a Fire & Ice. ​ · Recent/continuous UV exposure · Active Herpes Simplex or warts · Have experienced an adverse reaction to a glycolic or chemical peel prior · Recent facial surgical procedures (within last 6 months) · Currently taking an active high dose of Vitamin B5 supplement - due to sensitivities · Roaccutane/Tretinoin (in last 6 months) · Recent hair removal treatments including laser, shaving & waxing (48 hours) · Auto immune diseases · Active Eczema/Psoriasis · Chemo/Radiotherapy · Have sunburn, windburn or broken skin
  • How long will the treatment take?
    Treatment timing varies on consultation length and any other add on’s such as extractions. On average, the treatment takes 50 mins.
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