Alumier MD

What is a Chemical Peel?

A Chemical Peel causes intentional damage to the epidermis and/or dermis.  The goal is to stimulate new tissue to improve skin texture and tone.

Chemical Peels date back to the days of Cleopatra.  She used sour milk to improve the appearance of her skin.  The process reveals a smoother and more radiant complexion.

Is it going to burn me???

Not at all! Many hear the word chemical or acid and automatically get worried.  Chemical Peels can feel tingly and the sensation has been likened to ‘prickly heat’. Initially the treatment can feel hot but it’s governed by your skins individual reaction and how it feels.  

When will I get my glow???

Chemical peels encourage exfoliation by sloughing off dead skin cells, forcing the body to quickly replenish them with new cells. When peels are performed regularly, the skin gets used to this process and begins to rejuvenate itself like younger skin. To be sure that the body doesn’t react as it would to trauma, which could lead to pigment changes, exfoliation must be introduced gradually giving the skin time to adjust.

Healthy, radiant skin doesn’t happen overnight, and some treatments take time to show results. A single chemical peel can provide the immediate effect of bright, smooth and radiant skin; however, more significant results in treating textural issues, discolouration, fine lines and inflamed acne could take longer. Therefore, usually a series of scheduled treatments is recommended.

Which Acid Should I Choose?…

Common peeling ingredients include alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and retinol.  AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and mandelic acid.  Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid.  The strength of a chemical peel is determined by the type of ingredients used, the concentration and the pH formula.

As each peel has different ingredients, they each target different conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation or the signs of ageing.

Lactic Acid

Naturally found in milk but biosynthesised for cosmetic formulations, lactic acid has a larger molecular weight than other AHAs, which reduces inflammation.

Salicylic Acid

Related to aspirin, salicylic acid is an exfoliant with anti-inflammatory properties.  It is oil-soluble, which allows it to penetrate into the follicles to effectively exfoliate dead skin cells, unplug pores, control acne pimples and smooth skin.

Resorcinol  Acid

Resorcinol has retexturing properties due to its keratolytic action.  Resorcinol also coagulates proteins in the skin, which may lead to frosting when used in a chemical peel.


Vitamin A derivatives that stimulate collagen, increase cell turnover and normalise keratinisation, creating smoother and more even-toned skin.  Retinoids also inhibit melanin transfer from melanocytes to skin cells and enhance the penetration of other pigment-blocking products.  Retinoids reduce fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.  In addition, retinoids target acne-prone skin by unclogging pores.  There are more than 700 published studies on anti-ageing and retinoids. Retinoids are clinically proven to reverse the signs of ageing.

The Peels…

It’s important to look at what is happening on the day of treatment to specify your treatment to your skin needs this will be discussed before treatment goes ahead, but here’s a guide to the peels on offer from the Alumier range.

Radiant 20/10

A powerful combination of AHA and BHA resurfacing peel that both rejuvenates skin and reduces the signs of acne.  Made up from 20% lactic acid and 10% salicylic acid this peel has many benefits.  These include improving skin tone and texture, exfoliating dead skin cells and speeding up skin cell turnover.  Radiant 20/10 also reduces acne pimples, minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, hyperpigmentation and sun damage.

* CAUTION: Do not use if allergic to aspirin.

Radiant 30

A multifunctional AHA resurfacing peel containing lactic acid to decrease the visible signs of ageing and hyperpigmentation.  The benefits of Radiant 30 are that it will exfoliate dead skin cells and boost skin turnover.  Improve skin texture and tone.  This targets multiple skin concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, discolouration, sun damage and large pores.

Glow Peel

A light, brightening resurfacing solution that improves the signs of ageing and hyperpigmentation with minimal downtime. Benefiting dead skin exfoliation, stimulating skin cell renewal, effectively minimising the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation issues such as age spots, discolouration and uneven skin tone.  This peel can be customised in strength depending on the number of layers applied.

*CAUTION: Do not use if allergic to aspirin.

Detox Clear

This treatment is suitable for most skin types to assist in skin detoxification.  A combination alpha and beta hydroxy acid peel that reduces the signs of acne, minimises pore size appearance and brightens skin.  The benefits of this include working to smooth the skin, aswell as reducing appearance of pore size, it reduces acne and prevents new pimples from forming.

*CAUTION: Do not use if allergic to aspirin.

Vitamin A Boost

A high-potency resurfacing peel containing a blend of retinol and retinyl  palmitate.  Ideal for mature and sun-damaged skin.  Reduces fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.  Strengthens skin, improves elasticity and enhances skin renewal. Creates a more radiant and even-toned complexion.  This can be used as a stand alone treatment or added onto the layering of any other peel treatment.

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Brightening Accelerator

Applied to primed and exfoliated skin post-peel for increased penetration of ingredients, Brightening Accelerator is specially formulated to enhance any of the AlumierMD peels.  It is an innovative blend of skin brighteners, antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients.

Post Procedure Kit

Following on from your chemical peel or professional treatment, the post procedure kit will maximise results and help reduce complications.

Your post care consists of the following:

SensiCalm Cleanser- A smooth, hydrating cleanser that delicately removes impurities and excess oil while calming the skin.  Leaving it smooth, soft and intensely hydrated.  The aloe also soothes and calms the redness.

Recovery Balm- Packed with soothing and antioxidant ingredients, this moisturiser relieves redness and calms the skin

Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF- A silky and sheer physical sunscreen that provides powerful protection against UVA and UVB rays.  This formula is packed with free radical neutralising antioxidants, including resveratol, grape seed abstract and glutathione, to protect skin from UV damage.

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