medical Peels


Chemical peels date back to Egyptian times when, natural acids derived from fruit and milk were applied to the skin. Although modern Chemical peels are much more advanced many are still derived from various fruits.

In Holywood Private Clinic we use a range of sophisticated peels which are specific to a variety of skin problems, including uneven pigmentation, dull, dry or oily skin, wrinkles, blocked pores and acne. Peels may be classified as superficial medium and deep. Glycolic acid (from sugar cane), Citric Acid (from citrus fruits), Lactic Acid (from sour milk), Malic Acid (from apples), Salalicylic Acid (from the bark of the willow tree), Trychloroacetic Acid TCA (related to vinegar) Vitamin C and Green Tea to name some.

Superficial and Deep Peels

Superficial Peels promote exfoliation of the upper most layer of skin allowing healthier cells to the top and improving the texture and feel of the skin. Salicylic Acid in addition to promoting exfoliation unclogs blocked pores by breaking down oils, is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. We have had great success treating ACNE prone skin.

Deeper peels are available however at Holywood Private Clinic we may often suggest combing superficial and medium peels alongside Microneedling to get fantastic results without the potential down time of deeper peels.

  • Dull tired looking skin
  • Acne prone skin
  • Pigmentation
  • Oily skin
  • Dry skin
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Open pores

Face, Neck, Hands
Chest wall and Back (excellent for acne)
(not limited to these areas) Superficial Peels = you may be pink, this will usually settle within hours. Skin may become dry and tight. You may not be aware of any obvious peeling. (obvious peeling is not necessary to achieve results)

Medium Depth Peels = you may be pink, skin will feel tight and dry, it may darken in patches prior to peeling. Peeling usually begins on day3 or 4 and may last for 3-4 days.

Deep Peels = significant downtime up to 3 weeks and not a preferred treatment choice at Holywood Private Clinic.

Are there any side effects?

Mild Redness , Tenderness, Dryness, Itching and Peeling may be possible after any Chemical Peel. Your clinician will take a detailed medical history and an assessment of your skin type, needs and expectations to ensure this is an appropriate treatment for you, and to select the right peel for your skin type and expectations

Eligibility Criteria For Chemical Peels

Treatment is not recommended for the following =

  • If you have a skin infection in or near the treatment area.
  • If you have had a previous allergy to ingredients in peel solution.
  • If you are taking any medications that cause photosensitivity.
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • If you are currently or have recently completed Roacutane (acne treatment) in the last 18 months.