A chemical peel
Before applying a chemical peel, Dr Merle will prescribe specific creams to use over 3 weeks, to prepare your skin.
To effectively brighten the skin, a light chemical peel will require a minimum of 3 to 4 sessions. During the session, Dr Merle will apply a slightly acid substance to your skin – a fruit acid, for example. After the session, your skin will start to peel slightly. This is the process that allows the skin to renew itself more quickly.
A deep chemical peel, using phenol, is much stronger: it is effective after just one session and requires a local anaesthetic. It is applied and left on for about 1 hour when Dr Merle will then apply an occlusive dressing to increase the effect of the phenol. This will need to be kept on for a week. When it is removed, the skin will look younger.