Frequently Asked Questions About Liquid Peels: Answered

If you’re considering a liquid peel, you may have many questions about the procedure, including what it entails, the benefits and potential side effects, and what you can expect during recovery. 

We’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about liquid peels, so you can feel confident in your decision to pursue this type of treatment. Whether you’re new to liquid peels or you’ve been considering them for a while, this guide will provide the information you need to make an informed decision. 

What is a liquid peel?

A liquid peel is a type of non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment that uses a solution of acids and enzymes to exfoliate the top layer of skin, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion. The solution is carefully formulated to target specific skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne, without causing damage to the deeper layers of skin. 

A typical liquid peel treatment is a blend of active ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or a combination of these. The concentration of these ingredients varies depending on the desired outcome of the treatment and is tailored to meet the individual’s skin needs. These ingredients work together to dissolve the top layer of dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote cell turnover, leading to smoother, clearer, and more radiant skin. 

Unlike traditional chemical peels, liquid peels can be customised to suit the individual needs of each patient and can be performed in a quick and convenient manner, making them a popular choice for people looking to revitalise their skin. 

Applying liquid peel to face.

What is the difference between a liquid peel and a chemical peel?

A liquid peel and a chemical peel are both exfoliating treatments that help to improve the appearance of the skin, but there are some key differences between the two. 

A chemical peel typically uses a stronger concentration of AHAs or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to penetrate deeper into the skin and break down the bonds between dead skin cells. This leads to more dramatic results, but also requires more recovery time and can be more intense. 

On the other hand, a liquid peel typically contains a gentler blend of exfoliating ingredients, such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid, that are designed to provide more gradual results with less downtime. Additionally, liquid peels can be customised to target specific skin concerns, such as fine lines, hyperpigmentation, or acne, whereas chemical peels are often one-size-fits-all treatments.

Are liquid peels good for your skin?

Liquid peels can be significantly beneficial for the skin as they contain a variety of active ingredients that are designed to improve the overall appearance and health of the skin. These active ingredients can help to exfoliate dead skin cells, unclog pores, boost hydration levels, and improve the skin’s texture and tone. Additionally, liquid peels can enhance the effectiveness of other skincare products by allowing them to penetrate deeper into the skin. 

However, the specific benefits of liquid peels will depend on the type of peel, the active ingredients used, and the individual’s skin type and concern. It’s important to talk to a dermatologist or skincare professional before starting a liquid peel treatment to ensure it is appropriate for your skin and to minimise the risk of side effects. That’s why at Restore Clinic we always ensure to have a thorough consultation with you before the treatment to ensure you are getting the best treatment for you and achieving the best possible results for your skin. 

How should I prepare before a liquid peel?

Before undergoing a liquid peel, it’s essential to take steps to prepare your skin. This can help to prevent unwanted side effects and optimise the benefits of the treatment. 

To get ready, it’s recommended to avoid exfoliating for at least a week before the appointment and to be mindful of ingredients in your daily skin routine that may have exfoliating properties. In the days leading up to the treatment, it’s best to abstain from wearing makeup and expose your skin to as little dirt as possible. 

To reduce the risk of skin damage, it’s advisable to reduce the time exposed to the sun before the liquid peel. When outside, we’d advise you to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Lastly, ensure you are always keeping your skin hydrated by avoiding products that dry it out and drinking plenty of water. 

However, before any other preparation, it is crucial to have a comprehensive consultation with your clinician and address any concerns you may have about this treatment. It’s important that you give full disclosure regarding past and current medical conditions, including any medication you’re taking and any cosmetic procedures you may have done previously. This is to ensure that the treatment is right for you while minimising risk and maximising the benefits. 

Liquid peel as facial treatment.

What can I expect during and after a liquid peel?

During a liquid peel, a clinician will apply the peel solution to your skin. The solution then penetrates your skin to dissolve dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote cell renewal. The treatment typically takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the type of peel and the extent of the treatment area. Depending on the strength of the peel and the desired results, the solution may be left on the skin for a few minutes or up to an hour. During the treatment, you may feel a slight tingling or burning sensation, but this should be manageable. 

After the liquid peel, you may experience redness, mild stinging, or swelling, which usually subsides within a few hours. You will also notice an improvement in your skin’s texture, tone, and clarity. It is important to avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen for a few days after the treatment to protect your skin while it heals. 

In addition, it is recommended to avoid using products that contain harsh ingredients, such as exfoliating acids, retinol, or benzoyl peroxide, for a few days following the peel. Your clinician will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure optimal results and minimise any potential side effects. 

How often should you use liquid peel?

The frequency of liquid peel treatments depends on various factors such as skin type, skin condition, and strength of the peel. The number of treatments you will need to achieve complete skin resurfacing and evening will be discussed at the consultation. It can be used as a single treatment if desired. 

It is recommended to start with a light peel and gradually increase the strength as your skin becomes more tolerant. It is also important to consult with your clinician to determine the right frequency and strength for your individual needs, as overuse of a strong peel can result in skin irritation and damage. 

On average, a light to medium strength peel can be done every 4-6 weeks, while a strong peel may only be done once every 3-4 months. 

Liquid peels offer a gentler and less invasive alternative to traditional chemical peels. With its ability to treat various skin conditions, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, liquid peels have become a popular choice for those looking for a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion. 

However, as with any cosmetic treatment, it is important to thoroughly understand the procedure and what to expect before undergoing a liquid peel. With proper preparation, regular maintenance, and close consultation with a qualified professional, liquid peels can be a safe and effective solution for achieving healthier and younger-looking skin. 

Are you interested in liquid peel? Book an appointment with one of our trained professionals at Restore Clinic today to guarantee radiant skin.