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Looking for glycolic peel treatments in London?

Are you looking for a Glycolic Peel in London? We have clinics in Canada Water SE16 and Stratford E15. This brightening and deep cleansing facial will give your skin a deep exfoliation and leave you with a wonderful glow. Helping refine pores and resurfacing fine lines, your skin will be left looking brighter and tighter. It also aids in evening out skin tone if you suffer from hyper-pigmentation, further treating inflammation and healing acne scarring.

“Great for ALL skin types except extremely sensitive skin”

The Beauty Lab skin care facial GLYCOPEEL™ is an amazing glycolic acid peel for the face. Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that is produced from sugar cane. It joins a family of other AHA’s such as lactic acid (from sour milk), tartaric acid (from grapes) and citric acid also known as fruit acids.

These acids are all water soluble and great at removing the surface layer of skin, therefore leaving the skin smoother and brighter, additionally reducing uneven skin tone. Our glycolic peel facial consists of 3 stages of deep exfoliation. We start with a 10% glycolic acid wash, followed by a granular exfoliator and then the 10%, 20% or 30 % peel.

Great for most skin types but not extremely sensitive skin.

Glycolic Peel Facial London Canada Water SE16 Stratford E15 bodytonic clinic


Glycolic Peel Prices – Which Facial should I book?

All our Glycolic Peel Facials will be tailored to your skin care needs. We would recommend the 60 minute for your first Facial.

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Questions about Glycolic Peel Facials?

Why choose a Glycolic acid peel?

We love glycolic acid at bodytonic clinic as it’s a tiny powerhouse AHA. Glycolic is the strongest and most effective acid because it has the smallest molecules. This means it can get deep down into the layers of skin and exfoliate, reducing inflammation and reducing the appearance of marks left from acne breakouts.

As this facial focuses on deep exfoliation using Glycolic acid with pomegranate enzymes, it is ideal for sun damage, premature ageing, dull, congested and acne scarred skin.

Our Glycolic acid peel comes in three percentages – 10%, 20% and 30%.

Glycolic acid peel benefits:

  • Great for firming of the skin
  • Anti-ageing
  • Helps brighten the skin
  • Evening skin tone
  • Helps reduce pore size
  • Great resurfacing treatment
  • Smoother skin
  • Reducing acne inflammation
  • Help reduce acne cysts
  • Can be used as a regular skin brightening programme

Skin types that benefit from glycolic acid:

  • Congested and dull skin
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Acne prone skin
  • Aging skin
  • Thickened skins

The therapist will discuss your skin type and concerns every time you have a facial.

If you think a Glycolic acid peel sounds scary, don’t fear, our therapists are very knowledgeable and use the best formulated glycolic acid products. Your skin care therapist will do a full analysis of your skin and share advice for the best strength to use in treatment. We will normally start lower on the 10% and work your skin’s strength and resistance up to higher levels, which your practitioner will discuss with yourself upon your 1st visit to the clinic. Book a FREE skin consultation to find out if this is the treatment you need.

All our practitioners are professionally qualified and insured, we have been using The Beauty Lab skin care facial GLYCOPEEL™ at bodytonic for 6 years, achieving excellent results.

What to expect during your Glycolic peel facial

Our glycolic peel facial consists of 3 stages of deep exfoliation. We start with a 10% glycolic acid wash, followed by a granular exfoliator and then the 10%, 20% or 30 % peel. For your first treatment we always use the lowest level of peel so we can gauge how your skin reacts to the product. The Glycolic peel is left on between 5-10 mins depending on how your skin is feeling. It is then thoroughly wiped off with water and sponges.

Facial extractions are included in our glycolic peel, which are performed after the peel has softened the skin. Deep cleansing extractions allow us to manually remove congestion, white heads, black heads, larger breakouts and milia.

 We follow these processes with a soothing massage and 4 layers of calming and hydrating products. These products will neutralise the peel, soothe the skin and help to maintain moisture for the next few days. We finish off with a SPF 50 sun protection layer.
Directly after your facial, you should expect some redness and a shiny appearance, but skin will look fresher from about 12hrs after.
There is no down time after this Glycolic peel facial, as there is with some very high grade medical chemical peels. The best results are usually seen about 1-3 days after the treatment. You must use sun protection after this treatment and do not need to do any home exfoliation for at least 4 days. This includes all chemical and mechanical exfoliation. With the lower levels of our peel you will get minimal visible peeling, once we work your skin’s strength up to the higher levels, more advanced peeling will occur. This is normal and you should make sure you use extra moisturiser over the period of visible flaking.

Glycolic Peel Prices – Which Facial should I book?

All our Glycolic Facials will be tailored to your skin care needs. We would recommend the 60 minute for your first Facial.

Click here for Terms and Conditions. 10% discount not available on OsteopathyMSK Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Foot health, Laser Hair RemovalShockwave Therapy or medical treatments.

What to expect during your Glycolic peel back cleanse

The bodytonic back cleanse is an excellent treatment for those who have acne breakouts on the back or for anyone who wants a deep back cleanse and exfoliation. We use the same products and steps as for our glycolic peel facial, so this is basically a facial for the back. A back facial is a great way to deeply cleanse that hard to reach area and resurface the skin, as well as have a relaxing treatment all in one.

Due to the skin on the body being less sensitive then the face we would use the 20% peel from the first treatment. This ensures you get a deep exfoliation and extremely smooth back from the start. We will then perform extractions for the back, as this area is impossible to reach yourself, followed by a 20-30 min massage.

Peeling does not normally occur on the back but we recommend moisturising a few days after the treatment to make sure the skin is kept supple. Also to maintain the effect of the peel, you should exfoliate the back once a week post treatment.

Glycolic peel aftercare advice

Once you have had the glycolic peel facial it is important to look after the skin so you get the best results:
  • You will have many layers of soothing products on your face – these need to stay on the skin for best
  • results, massage them in if there seems to be any excess on the skin
  • Avoid exercise for at least 12hrs to avoid sweating
  • Avoid being in the sun for 24 hrs
  • Wear SPF daily for at least a week post facial
  • Do not exfoliate your skin for at least 4 days post treatment
  • Increase moisturiser on day 2,3,4 after treatment to reduce tightness from peel
  • We recommend regular treatments for best results, your therapist will give you a personalised plan once your skin has been treated

Common Glycolic skin care questions

Can Glycolic Facial Peels be painful?

Glycolic Peels are not painful, however some patients experience tingling or a stinging sensation throughout the treatment but mainly when the glycolic acid peel is on and active. We will keep massaging the peel over the skin during this time to minimise this sensation. The skin may feel a bit sensitive and warm, with some redness after the treatment which is normal. This will calm down within 12 hrs.

Will I be able to go out after the glycolic peel?

There is no down time for this facial whoever directly after treatment you can expect some redness and a shiny appearance, but skin will look fresher from 12hrs after. You are advised not to wear makeup for about 4 hours to let the products fully absorb. We would suggest the peel settles for at least that amount of time before going out.

Avoid sweating for 12 hrs post treatment as the products should remain on the skin to give you best results. Your best results are about 2-4 days after the treatment.

I have had chemical peels before. Can I go straight to 30%?

For safety reasons, we can only start with 10% for your first visit to the clinic. If we use a higher percentage straight away, without fully following procedure, a reaction could occur. If this happens the desired results could take longer to achieve, as you would require a longer break between sessions.rocedure, a reaction could occur. If this happens the desired results could take longer to achieve, as you would require a longer break between sessions.

How quickly can I go onto the 30% peel?

It will vary person to person, we will see how your skin responds to the 10% and 20% peels. If your skin is extremely tingly or flakes with the 10 %, we would treat the skin twice at this level leaving the peel on for a longer time. If you have minimal results we would apply up to the 20% on your second treatment for the minimum time . This would be the same process for 30%. The results will guide the level of use after your first Glycolic peel facial.

You can have facials every week depending on your skin concerns which will be discussed with your therapist prior to treatment or in our FREE 20min skin consultation.

Why don’t you use a steamer in a glycolic peel facial?

As the steamer creates steam to soften the skin, it also causes heating of the skin. This is not good for the glycolic acid, as heat may cause the peel to over stimulate therefore causing more of an irritation. Steam will also cause the skin to sweat which means the peel will be expelled from the skin and not allowed to absorb and work within the deeper layers as required. The heat from the steamer will open the pores further, either causing the products to sweat back out onto the surface of the skin, or cause further irritation from the peel.

Is Glycolic acid better than Salicylic acid?

It is not necessarily better but is different – the molecules in this type of AHA are smaller, allowing it to penetrate the skin deeper so getting to the area where inflammation would occur . Salicylic acid is an oil based AHA which will be absorbed into the pores and merge with the oil that is already inside, therefore helping with very congested skins. A combination of these two AHAs is great for oily acne skins.
Frequently Asked Questions
With all acne the best way to get rid of it is to determine the reason why you have it in the first place. According to facial diagnosis the chin represents digestion and hormones. So breakout in this area could be due to poor diet or hormonal issues. Using the right ingredients for acne is also extremely important to help the healing process and the later formation of scarring.
Hormonal acne will change in the different stages of life as you age and is very different from person to person. Females tend to get some form of hormonal breakout throughout their lives due to the fluctuation of hormones in their bodies every month. Men tend to get acne more severely in puberty due to the influx of testosterone. There are several ways to help combat this type of acne, experimenting with different products and treatments is the best way to find out what is best for your skin.
Ice will not have much effect on acne – it may have a cooling effect on larger inflamed cysts and sore irritated skin giving some short term relief. Ultimately ice will not heal the breakout, kill the bacteria or prevent the oil clogging the pores on the skin, which is what you need to do to get rid of acne.
  • Having a healthy diet is important and noting what your body can tolerate and foods you are sensitive to is essential. Anything that may be hard for your body to digest or cause inflammation may negatively affect acne. Keeping a food diary is a great way to find out what may trigger acne in your skin.
  • Through trials and testing the main foods found to irritate the skin are:
    • Refined grains such as white bread
    • Sugar such as chocolate
    • Dairy products – they tend to be high in fat and hard to digest
    • Fast food – greasy or oily fried foods
    • Protein powder – certain whey protein has been linked to cause a higher level of insulin which irritates acne skins
    • Foods rich in Omega-6 -may be linked to inflammation
A boost of androgen is the main cause that can lead to acne in skin. Testosterone is a form of Androgen hormones. When there is a spike of testosterone hormone in the body it can lead to acne. Overproduction of testosterone can cause many other issues in both male and female bodies. It is essential for the normal function of our bodies, so making a note of cycles of your skin breakouts can give you a better understanding of a breakout pattern and hormone cycle.
Generally you cannot stop hormonal acne. Achieving a good understanding of your body’s own hormonal fluctuations will allow you to understand why and when your acne may occur. Keeping a diary is key. Noting down the foods you eat, your stress levels and for women, your natural cycles.
Not all breakouts can be prevented. Many ingredients are good to help reduce the occurrence of breakouts, but this is skin dependent. The type of breakout you are suffering from requires different care. The best way to start out is to start a good basic skin care routine of cleansing and moisturising the skin with gentle products.
This type of break out is normally on the jawline and chin area, although can occur anywhere over the face, neck, chest or back. The spots will be red and inflamed and generally no white heads will occur unless products that ‘draw out infection’’ are used.
According to facial diagnosis the cheeks are linked to the stomach and respiratory systems. These areas tend to be more sensitive due to external factors such as wind and sun. Holding phones to the cheeks or using blushers over these areas can influence the break activity. Make a note of what you may be doing to aggravate this area.

The best face wash to use on your skin will always depend on your skin type. Cleansing lotions are for the skin type and serums are for skin conditions. For example:

  • For oily skin gel based cleanser is recommended.
  • For dry skin a cream based cleanser is recommended.
  • For combination skin a gel or cream based cleanser is recommended. The choice of cleanser is dependent on how the skin feels.
  • For clogged skin or those who use a lot of make-up the use of a pre-cleanse oil before a normal cleanser is recommended. This will help to get rid of the surface oil.
The use of targeted treatments on the jawline is the best way to treat this area and not affect the rest of the skin on the face. Clay masks can be used to help reduce inflammation and breakouts. Hormonal acne can also be helped by taking supplements to help balance the acne, as the issue ultimately starts internally.
Clay based products and gentle exfoliation is the best way to help pores remain unclogged. These products draw oil out of the skin and prevent dead skin cells from building up and blocking the pores. If your skin is already congested we suggest you get extractions done as this will remove all the oil from inside the pore. Extractions are done using the fingers and tissues to push onto the skin,allowing the oil and sebum to be removed. This can leave the skin feeling clean and fresh.

Click here for Terms and Conditions. 10% discount not available on OsteopathyMSK Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Foot health, Laser Hair RemovalShockwave Therapy or medical treatments.

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