When it comes to beautifying your face, there are so many options out there that it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start.

Whether you want to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, treat acne and acne scars, or just give your skin an overall rejuvenation, there are multiple procedures on offer. But which ones actually work? And which one is right for you?

Here, we’ve taken two of the most popular skin peels to give you the full down-low and help you make the best decision.

Carbon Spectra Laser Peel

This skin peel is one of the most popular procedures in LA and has multiple celebrity followings, including Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie. It’s little wonder then, that’s it’s been given the unofficial name of the ‘Hollywood Peel’. But just what does this mean?

How does it work?

The spectra peel is unlike any other laser treatment, in that it offers a non-ablative procedure. Through using the latest laser technology and a carbon-based three-part treatment, it can rejuvenate your skin after the first session.

This treatment uses a laser whose wavelength is attracted to dark things, so a mixture of carbon and water is applied to your face, similar to a mud mask. Once the mixture is applied, the laser is passed over your face for the first time in Spectra mode, which heats the carbon mask and applies this heat to the underlying skin.

Then the laser is passed over the skin again in Q-switch mode which has a light exfoliating effect and removes the carbon mask from the face, along with a thin surface layer of the skin.

The laser is then passed over the face for a final time to remove the remaining carbon, with the laser particles penetrating the pores and stimulating collagen production, whilst minimising pores and breaking up pigment.

The whole treatment lasts between 30 minutes and an hour and is used to treat acne, fine lines, oily skin, blemishes, large pores and generally rejuvenates your skin.

What are the benefits?

The Spectra treatment is a less aggressive form of treatment, so is completely painless and has absolutely no recovery time or side effects. Because it’s a non-ablative treatment, it targets the skin’s deeper layers without damaging the top layers.

It’s also much more targeted than a chemical peel, meaning you can really hone in on all the skin imperfections you want to treat. This laser treatment has the effect of four superficial chemical peels in one session, so it means you can really see a difference from day one, without the side effects.

Plus, because the laser targets deeper skin layers and stimulates collagen, you can see continual improvement for months after the treatment as this collagen rejuvenates your skin.

What are the disadvantages?

Because it’s a less aggressive method, you may need a longer course of treatments than with a chemical peel to get your desired look. However, there really aren’t many disadvantages to this treatment!

How much does it cost?

This laser treatment is a more expensive option than chemical peels and costs around £150- £200 for one treatment and up to £1000 for a course of nine. 

Chemical Peel

This treatment sounds a lot more intimidating than it actually is! Whilst it conjures up some horror film-esque images in many people’s minds, it’s a safe and effective treatment for skin rejuvenation.

How does it work?

There are different levels of chemical peel available, ranging from light superficial treatments through to deep peels.

These treatments work by applying varying strengths of an acidic chemical mixture to the face which penetrates the top layers of your skin and removes the damaged layers, subsequently removing any impurities.

Light chemicals are used to generally improve the condition of skin and use a mild acidic solution. Medium to deep chemical peels are used to make more dramatic improvements such as reduce advanced signs of ageing, severe acne scars, or sun damage, and use a harsher chemical solution.

What are the benefits?

These peels are generally cheaper than laser treatment which makes it a much more affordable solution for those looking to improve their skin.

Light peels also often require little to no recovery time so you can get on with your daily life as soon as your treatment has finished.

Similarly, chemical peels are more targeted to the superficial layers of skin compared to a carbon laser treatment, which means the top layers of your skin will be dramatically improved from the beginning and may be more noticeable than the carbon laser treatment, which targets deeper layers.

What are the disadvantages?

Unfortunately, deep chemical peels are a more abrasive form of treatment and will result in redness, swelling, slight burning, and dry, flaky skin in the days or weeks after your treatment, meaning recovery time is longer and you will be required to keep out of the sun for several days.

Similarly, medium to deep peels can require anaesthesia during the procedure to keep your comfortable.

These peels are also less targeted than a laser which can pinpoint certain imperfections, whilst a chemical peel cannot be adjusted to target specific areas at different depths.

Finally, light peels will often require subsequent treatments to maintain the results.

How much does it cost?

Chemical peels range from £100-£150 per treatment.


So, we hope this has given you a helpful breakdown of two of the most popular treatments used for treating skin imperfections. For more information about the treatments we offer here at Jeunesse, visit our skincare page.