Maryam Zamani M.D. | Cadogan Clinic London

Maryam Zamani M.D. | Cadogan Clinic London



Skin peels are treatments used to manage skin ageing and tackle problems such as acne, sun damage and hyperpigmentation (due to sun damage, melasma or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation). Using chemicals or enzymes, peels work to remove an excessive buildup of dead skin cells that can make skin look dull and older. Peels reveal new, healthier skin as well as stimulating collagen production to give skin a smoother, tighter and more youthful appearance.


Following a consultation, you may be advised on how to prepare your skin and maintain your skin at home. Each peel takes between 20 to 30 minutes, after which you will experience a mild stinging or burning sensation and slight redness and flaking may occur for up to five days’ post-treatment dependent on the strength of the peel. With light chemical peels, results can be immediate, exfoliating the skin to accelerate the cell renewal process, improving skin tone and texture. They are designed to be administered in a series of six peels, two to three weeks apart as there is no down time. Combination peels, tolerated by most, bring about the benefits associated with both light and deep chemical peels, with the various chemical components working at different levels of the skin to increase collagen production and accelerate the skin renewal process. Whereas, medium to deeper peels require some downtime; skin will have a dry flaky appearance for five to seven days and the results are seen more rapidly. Generally, a course of four deep peels is carried out at one-month intervals. Deeper peels help treat uneven pigment, acne scarring, adult acne, severe sun damage and deeper lines around the mouth and eyes.


This non invasive solution tackles the signs of ageing by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and dry or rough skin. Skin peels generally produce more dramatic effects than those achieved by regular exfoliation or microdermabrasion techniques leaving the skin rejuvenated, fresher with smoother and healthier. Peels can be combined with a number of other treatments including LED treatments, microdermabrasion and laser treatments for optimal results.


  • Wrinkles

  • Acne

    Acne is one of the most common skin issues with multifactorial causes and can occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, usually appearing on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders.

    What to expect: Using either chemicals or enzymes, peels remove the excessive buildup of dead skin cells to reveal new, healthier cells as well as stimulating collagen production. In combination with blue light treatment, the bacteria known to causes acne is also targeted to help prevent further breakouts. Whilst there is minimal downtime it is important to remember that blue light cannot be used in conjunction with antibiotic treatment.

    Also good for: Sun damage, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone.

    Alternative treatments: Microdermabrasion and an appropriate skincare regimen.

  • Acne Scars

    The result of inflamed blemishes and cystic acne. These pitted scars and post inflammatory pigmentation can be seen long after acne has been treated.

    What to expect: With fractional ablative laser, micro columns of injuries are created to help stimulate the production of collagen and new skin. It feels and looks like a sunburn and downtime depends on the strength of the treatment but generally lasts between 3-7 days. A combined cocktail of laser treatments, light therapy and peels also work in unison to improve skin texture from scarring.

    Also good for: Smoothing out skin tone and texture, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, overall skin rejuvenation and hyperpigmentation.

    Alternative treatments: Light Therapy, Microdermabrasion, Peels and Fillers.

  • Hyperpigmentation

    Uneven or excessive pigmentation caused by the abnormal production of melanin that is exacerbated by sun exposure, hormones, trauma and age.

    What to expect: A light chemical peel may result in mild stinging upon application, a medium strength peel comes with a slight burning sensation whilst with a deeper peel, a sedative or a topical local anesthetic will be applied to numb the skin. With all peels post-treatment, you will experience redness, flaking and swelling in varying degrees so always choose a suitable qualified and experienced practitioner like Dr Zamani to carry out your peel and give you suitable aftercare products and instructions.

    Also good for: Enlarged pores, rough skin texture, photo damaged skin, acne and facial rejuvenation.

    Alternative treatments: Fractional Ablative Laser, Light treatment, IPL and skincare.

  • Melasma

    A common skin condition, also known as a pregnancy mask, in which various patterns of pigmentation develop on the face. Whilst the exact cause is not known, several factors such as pregnancy, hormones, medications and sun exposure can stimulate Melasma.

    What to expect: Dermamelan peels and depigmentation agents can reduce and eliminate the appearance of dark patches and brown blemishes on skin. Treatment can be used on all skin types, even Skin Types IV-VI that are harder to treat with peels and lasers. There should be no discomfort or irritation to the skin during the treatment but a day or two post-treatment skin will feel tight and red. Expect skin flaking and peeling, during the first week with significant improvements after treatment.

    Also good for: Acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

  • Age Spots

    The result of intensive exposure to direct sunlight accrued over a lifetime, the ultraviolet rays stimulate the pigment cells ‘melanocytes’ to kick-start the production of pigment ‘melanin’. This changes the colour of skin and causes unsightly patches of brown hues.

    What to expect: Light treatments target the pigment in the skin to help diminish pigmentation resulting in a clearer complexion. There may be up to 7-10 days where areas of hyperpigmentation look darker after treatment and any redness, erythema and swelling should last for only 24 hours followed by clearer more even skin tone. For best results 3-5 treatments are recommended.

    Also good for: Sun damage, hyper pigmentation, smoothing out skin tone.

    Alternative treatments: iPixel, Peels and Cryotheraphy.

  • Sun Damage

    Photo-ageing or sun damage is the consequence of excessive exposure to the sun’s harmful and powerful rays leaving skin with wrinkles, brown or sunspots, and pigmentation.

    What to expect: Chemical peels are an effective way to repair sun-damaged skin by removing the outer layers of the skin to freshen the complexion and to reduce freckles and irregular pigmentation. As a consequence, fine lines and wrinkles are also softened during the treatment. With all peels post treatment you may experience varying levels of redness, flaking and swelling so always choose a suitable qualified and experienced practitioner to carry out your peel and give you suitable aftercare products and instructions.

    Also good for: Acne and skin rejuvenation.

    Alternative treatments: Cyrotherapy, Light Treatments, Fractional ablative laser.

Dermamelan Treatment of Melasma


Dermamelan Treatment of Melasma


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