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A variety of skin peels are performed for clients at Fraser Clinic. Chemical peeling is basically an accelerated form of exfoliation induced by the use of a chemical agent such as Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy acids.

Light or superficial peeling agents induce a faster shedding of the outer layer of skin, where as medium depth peels create necrosis and inflammation in the epidermis or superficial dermis.

Fraser Clinic Appearance Medicine offers Vitamin A and acid peels for superficial resurfacing.


Chemical peeling creates beneficial changes in the skin in a number of ways:

  • - Stimulation of epidermal growth through removal of the stratum corneum leading to a thickened corneum.
  • - Destruction of photodamaged skin layers, replacing them with normalised tissue. This is especially true with superficial pigmentation.
  • - Induction of inflammation, in deeper parts of the dermis, which appears to stimulate the production of new collagen and ground substance called Glucos Amino Glycans (GAGs) in the skin.

The deeper the peel, the greater the risk of inducing scarring and pigmentation problems. For these reasons, Fraser Clinic advises more frequent lighter peels.

For Vit A peels skin will require to be 'primed' for two to three weeks prior to the peel to minimise the risk of over reaction and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation - a complication more likely to develop in those with darker or tanned skin.

Skin peeling takes its place alongside microdermabrasion as a range of treatments for photodamaged skin.

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