We commonly use the Innovation Concept Peel (ICP). This has an excellent safety profile and can be used on all skin types. Unlike many other agents, no prior skin preparation is required. It is not a painful procedure and has a minimal recovery time. Make-up can be worn during the recovery period.
The peel is undertaken as an outpatient and lasts approximately three weeks. The skin is cleansed and the peel evenly applied with further application over areas of particular concern. The patient leaves the department with the 'mask' intact and is asked to remove this at a particular time after application, dependant on skin type and the desired result, usually two to eight hours. The skin may be a little red initially and some mild peeling may occur over the next few days. A comprehensive skin care programme lasting four weeks is then followed with written instructions and all materials provided.
The ICP peel is not painful. However, for some deeper peels, it may be desirable to take an anti-inflammatory painkiller, such as ibuprofen, one or two hours prior to treatment. In addition, you should wash your skin the night before and the morning prior to treatment and apply no make-up or moisturisers. Unlike the more superficial peels, the use of Phenol generally necessitates a general anaesthetic.