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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?

No, Chemical Peels are completely pain free. You will feel tingling/itchy sensation during the peel however this is neutralised quickly.


Will my face peel after the treatment?

No, you shouldn’t receive any peeling, your skin may feel slightly drier/tighter in the days after the treatment, but this can be resolved with a bit more moisturiser.

How much does it cost?

The price for a single treatment is £40. For courses of subsequent treatments, prices start at £100 and range up to £200.


How often should I have a Glycolic Acid Peel?

For more stubborn concerns, we recommend a treatment every week for either 3-6 weeks to deliver more intense results, then a monthly treatment for maintenance. If you are just looking to improve overall skin health, texture, and brightness, then once every 3-4 weeks is sufficient.


How do I know I'm suitable for a Glycolic Acid Peel?​

This peel is suitable for most skin types except for extremely sensitive skins. There are some exclusionary criteria which means you are unable to undergo a Peel treatment. Please read the list below and if any of these apply to you, unfortunately you will not be suitable for a Glycolic Acid Peel.

  • Visible active cold sore

  • Chemotherapy/radiation

  • Warts

  • Recent use of Retinol/Vitamin A

  • Recent wounds/broken skin

  • Hypertrophic/Keloid Scars

  • Recent cryotherapy

  • Roaccutane (in last 12 months)

  • Use of any other medical acne treatment

  • Pregnancy/breast feeding

  • Laser treatment

  • Sunburn

  • Eczema/Psoriasis

  • Skin cancer

How long will the treatment take? 

The Peel treatment takes between 40-50 minutes dependant on add on's.

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