Chemical peels and skin conditions

At the White Horse Aesthetic Clinic, we acknowledge the psychological impact that skin conditions such as acne and hyperpigmentation can have. We are here to help. Following a free, no-obligation initial consultation with one of our qualified doctors, we will be able to come up with a bespoke treatment plan for you.

How do Skin Peels (Chemical Peels) work?

Skin peels improve the skin’s appearance through three main processes:

  • exfoliating the skin, removing surplus dead skin cells
  • stimulating the growth of healthy young cells
  • promoting collagen regeneration, encouraging it to come to the surface of the skin

Patients often choose to have a peel in addition to other aesthetic treatments, such as using Botox and dermal fillers. For many, it is not enough to just remove the wrinkles and improve the shape and contour of the face – they also wish to improve the condition of the skin itself.

We use a range of skin peels in our clinic, each is designed to achieve a particular result depending upon the needs of the patient.

Obagi: our most popular peels

Currently, our most popular peels are the Obagi treatments, which include:

  • Obagi Blue Peel Radiance
  • Obagi Blue Peel

Obagi Blue Peel Radiance

The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is salicylic acid based. It gives tighter, fresher, younger looking skin after only one treatment. Apart from its use to improve skin tone and brightness, the Radiance Peel is used in a range of skin conditions. It effectively removes the damaged upper layers of skin and leaves a healthier more radiant complexion.

This treatment can be used to improve:

  • sun damage
  • acne scarring
  • hyperpigmentation
  • melasma
  • texture and tone

It is suitable for almost all skin types, is well tolerated, and has a rapid recovery time after treatment.

This procedure can be used as a stand-alone treatment but is also used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation products. Peels may be done as one or two layer procedures (depending upon the depth required) and as a single event or part of a series of peels to maximise the effect. This is our most popular peel and has a very high level of patient satisfaction.

The process involves a consultation with one of our aesthetic doctors where a full assessment of the skin takes place. The doctor will administer the procedure which will take about 30 minutes, as well as provide full aftercare advice.


Post-procedure, the skin will look and feel much fresher and brighter. For 2-3 days afterwards, it is quite common to experience some sloughing of the skin. This will vary depending on the individual skin type and the strength of the peel used. It is recommended to regularly apply an aftercare cream to the skin to keep it hydrated and use a SPF 50 sun-protection cream as the skin will be more sensitive. Full aftercare advice will be given by the practitioner following the peel.

Obagi Blue Peel

The Obagi Blue Peel penetrates deeper than the Radiance Peel and is an excellent treatment for:

  • reducing fine lines
  • sun damage
  • acne scars

In addition, it is one of the best ways of dealing with:

  • blemishes
  • uneven pigmentation problems
  • skin laxity

This treament gives you fresh, younger and firmer looking skin and will significantly improve your complexion.

The peel is often used as part of a treatment package alongside the Obagi Nu-Derm system which ensures that the skin is in the best condition possible to benefit from the peel, and that the effects are maintained for the maximum length of time after treatment.

The active ingredient in Obagi Blue Peel is trichloroacetic acid which is combined with a blue base in an appropriate concentration for the patient. The procedure is performed by fully trained aesthetic doctors who will assess each patient individually prior to any treatment as different patients may need peels of different strengths and depths.

Although this peel is usually used on the face it can also be used on other areas of the body such as the hands, chest, arms and legs. One big advantage is that it can be used around the eyes to deal with fine wrinkles there, unlike many other treatments which have to be avoided in this area.

The process starts with a consultation with one of our aesthetic doctors where a full assessment of the skin is done and an individual treatment plan designed for each patient. This may involve using other products before and after the peel to maximise the effects of the treatment. The peel itself is performed at a second appointment in our clinic which will last about an hour.

Over the next few days there will be some redness and peeling of the skin as the old skin cells are shed and the fresh skin is revealed. A post-peel assessment usually takes place two weeks after your visit.


Based on the strength of Obagi Blue Skin Peel used, slight swelling may appear for around two to three days, after which the skin begins to peel. Mild peeling may happen for several days. You may also experience mild redness. It is recommended that you use SPF 50 or higher sun-protection cream after treatment.