A chemical peel is a non-surgical technique designed to revitalise and repair damaged skin in people that have signs of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tones, acne and scarring. The aim is to resurface the skin resulting in a softer, smoother, more youthful look. Chemical peels are most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons, to enhance appearance and self-confidence. Chemical peel therapy may be performed in conjunction with other treatments. Mr Banwell specializes in chemical peels in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London. If you are looking for chemical peels in East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells, Haywards Heath, Brighton, Worthing, Guildford, Crawley, Horsham, Sevenoaks or London please contact the Banwell Clinic on 0845 2600 261

Chemical Peels – Enzyme Deactivators or reactivators? (Paul to specify)

Rationale prescriptive chemical peels (enzyme deactivators) embrace the latest medical research and utilise Ascorbic acid, Lactic acid (AHA), Salicylic acid (BHA) and Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or Pyruvic Acid (PA) to facilitate a penetration of self-neutralising, anti-inflammatory chemical exfoliants. Rationale Chemical Peels are designed to maximise skin rejuvenation with minimal downtime. These chemicals combine to calmly resurface the dead layer of skin cells and speed cell turnover to return skin to its more youthful function.  Patients usually experience minimal side effects. Erythema may be present but is minimal and of short duration. Dryness and shedding may be experienced on days 3, 4, and 5 post peel.  Rationale skin peels can be uniquely customised and tailored to individual patient needs. A course of 3-6 peels is recommended for optimum results and additional treatments with dermaroller obtain the best results.

Ascorbic Acid ( Vitamin C )

Ascorbic Acid is a mild peeling agent ideally suited to use on highly pigmented skin. ( Fitzpatrick skin types  1V-V1). Performed regularly the Ascorbic acid peel can help resolve uneven pigmentation and provide exfoliation benefits for more reactive skin types. It can be used alone or in conjunction  with other procedure peels if  skin type  Fitzpatrick 1V or below. It is recommended that Ascorbic  Acid crystals are dissolved in Procedure Delivery Serum but may also be dissolved in water and used directly on the skin in its crystalline form.


The L-lactic Acid peel is a hydrophilic acid of the Alpha-Hydroxy acid group. It is a light superficial peel which promotes cleavage of corneocytes from the stratum corneum and stimulates epidermal differentiation. This hydrating peel lowers the stratum corneum  pH which promotes activation of enzymes that degrade corneosomes, facilitating  shedding  of superfluous surface cells. T his results in a reduction of fine lines and uneven pigmentation, giving an overall improvement in skin tone and texture. Performed on a monthly basis, there will be increased skin hydration, reduced visibility of pores and lightening of epidermal hyperpigmentation. This peel can be used alone or to augment the strength and effects of other Procedure Peels.

BHA (Salicylic acid)

BHA is attracted to the lipid content of skin, particularly sebum, found predominantly in follicles. This peel helps to regulate the turnover of epithelial cells and shed unwanted cellular debris. This helps to unclog pores, reducing blackheads and spots. BHA peels help in the treatment of acne and excess surface oil. These peels are performed on a monthly basis in clinic and can be used alone or in conjunction with other Procedure Peels. They are often used in combination with the ThreeFIX acne product range.

TCA( Trichloroacetic Acid) and Pyruvic Acid (PA)

TCA has traditionally been used as a medium to deep chemical peeling agent. However, more recently, the benefits of Pyruvic Acid (PA) in stratum corneum and epidermal  peeling have been elucidated. PA effects a gentle sloughing of the stratum corneum  without  traumatising sensitive sun-damaged skin. It is also an effective angiogenic agent, re-establishing the fine capillary network atrophied by ultra violet radiation resulting in thinning of skin and sallowness. Clinically, this benefit can be seen as a restoration of healthy skin tone and texture. There will be a reduction of fine lines and superficial pigmentation but further benefits also include softening of acne scarring and fortification/improvement of the skin barrier function with a reduction in sensitivity to topical irritants.

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