Skin Resurfacing VS Chemical Peeling – what is the difference?

Now, have you ever thought, crikey, chemical peeling sounds far too harsh for my skin and as though my face could literally peel off?


You certainly wouldn’t be the first to have this thought (nor the last) and through reading this blog, I will look to help clarify and reassure you in the difference between the two offerings and why I have ventured into the world of Skin Resurfacing.

From my 15 years’ experience as a Facialist, I have trailed & trained in differing systems and ultimately found resurfacing to be the best and safest way to treat all skin conditions. PhFormula is my chosen professional skincare. It is the first pharma-cosmeceutical skin resurfacing line which is the result of an innovative alliance between cosmeceuticals and medical prescriptions.

The action of controlled chemical skin resurfacing is totally different than conventional peelings. Let’s look at them both in a little more detail:


Conventional Peels

Conventional Peels are typically high strength singular acids applied to the skin surface and require the specialist to neutralise the skin at the end of treatment.


These peels mainly cause skin exfoliation, skin shedding, high inflammation and sometimes temporary sensitivity and tissue damage.


Of course, these peels work however there is a downside with the unpredictability, and they are unsuitable for certain skin colours. When having these treatments in the past I have found myself very much at the mercy of the treatment and hiding away at home until my downtime passes and a very impatient me sees the arrival of new skin in 10-14 days! It really can be quite the commitment and unfortunately often with the desired result not easily achieved.


Skin Resurfacing

Whereas the modern controlled resurfacing actively provokes an accelerated form of cell regeneration in the different layers of the skin, whilst preserving the integrity of your skin’s epidermis (outermost layer).


This means that the skin is treated at a deeper level with an inside out approach and the outer layer of skin is still able to function effectively.


A combination of acids are applied to the skin at a controlled strength. All are self-neutralising and left on for maximum results. Sensitive skins require mild formulations, whereas for healthy or well-prepared skins I use medium - high strength formulations to effectively treat complaints. This means the strength and depth of the treatment is easily controlled, unlike the conventional peels.


A skin sensitivity test is also performed to determine the skins health both on the surface and underneath, and from this a prescriptive treatment is devised.


These clinical facials offer patients no downtime, no peeling and no impact on social interactions! You can confidently come into clinic and have one of our skin resurfacing treatments during your lunch break!

Here at the clinic, I can effectively target the needs of your skin type and conditions including:

  • Anti-ageing: both anti-wrinkle and loss of elasticity

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Chronic redness

  • Acne

  • Dull & lacklustre skin

As with all professional treatments you will receive both homecare and lifestyle recommendations which will help prolong your in-clinic results and reduce the recurrence of skin complaints.


All new patients to our clinical facial treatments must first have a New Patient Skin Consultation to analyse and test your skin, which takes 30 minutes. Following this consultation, you will be able to proceed with your treatment plans.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Stephanie Oliver – Skin Specialist & Massage Therapist

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