Medik8 Signature Peels FAQ
What is a chemical peel?
Medik8 chemical peels are professional-grade exfoliating acids applied to the skin with a small brush to help resurface and retexture. Discover our extensive range of Professional Chemical Peels.
Can I just have 1 peel to improve my skin?
It is possible to just have a single peel, but we recommend a course of 6 to really see the long-term skin benefits. It's a little like going to the gym; you can go occasionally but the real results will come when you commit to an ongoing program. We make starting your peel journey really easy with our Medik8 12 Weeks to WOW program - basically 'personal training for your skin'. We will work with you over a 12 week period to visibly transform your skin through a bespoke program of in-clinic treatments and at-home care to achieve skin that really wows.
Are peels right for everyone?
Chemical peels are suitable for almost everyone and we have a varied range from our Sensitive PHA Peel which is suitable for very sensitive skins right through to our mono peels which use high-strength single acids that can even be layered to target stubborn concerns. Certain skin conditions / people may be 'contra-indicated' and therefore shouldn't go down the peel route until skin is normalized. However, there are lots of other treatment options we offer.
What's the downtime?
By definition, the application of acids to the skin may cause redness, skin flaking and mild peeling; but every skin is different. We recommend not to wear makeup for the first 12 hours post-peel to ensure the skin remains bacteria-free. You will be recommended a comprehensive aftercare routine to continue with at home to ensure your skin recovers and rejuvenates correctly. As a general rule, expect flaking from around the 3rd day post-peel for a maximum of 5 further days. You should avoid direct sun exposure during these recovery days and always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
What results can I expect?
24 hours post-peel your skin will likely feel a little tight and appear slightly flushed. Within 3 days your skin will start to flake but within the week you will start to see clearer, more uniform skin tone. Over a course of 6 peels, results will be even more visibly profound.
Can peels be used alongside other treatments like botox or laser?
Absolutely. Visit us to get further advice on which additional treatments would be right for you.
Dos & don'ts
Don't pick at any flaky skin. Your skin is naturally turning over after your peel and picking may create soreness and even scarring.
Don't use any harsh exfoliants (chemical (AHA/ BHA cleansers / toners) or physical (grainy scrubs)) for at least 3 days post-peel.
Don't spend extended periods of time in direct sunlight. Always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin.
Stick to the aftercare regime we have recommended you. This will ensure that your skin recovers and rejuvenates as quickly as possible post-peel. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call so we can offer you tailored advice. We'll be delighted to assist.