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What is a Phenol Face Peel

What is a Phenol Face Peel

What You Need to Know About Phenol Face Peels

Are you constantly searching for ways to improve your skin’s appearance? If so, you may have encountered the term “phenol face peels” in your quest for perfect skin. Understanding the procedure and its effects is essential before deciding if it’s right for you. In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need about phenol face peels— from their benefits and procedure to recovery and cost.

Phenol Face PeelWhat is a Phenol Face Peel?

A phenol face peel is a deep chemical peel that uses a powerful solution containing phenol to treat various skin concerns. The phenol solution penetrates deep into the skin, causing the top layers to peel away, revealing smoother, healthier skin beneath.

Phenol peels differ in strength and depth from other chemical peels, such as glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels. While other chemical peels may provide lighter or medium-depth treatments, phenol peels are considered the most potent and aggressive option, providing significant results for those with severe skin concerns.

The Benefits of Phenol Face Peels

Phenol face peels offer a variety of benefits for your skin:

  • Improved skin texture and tone: By removing the damaged outer layers of skin, phenol peels reveal a smoother, more even complexion.
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles: The deep exfoliation provided by phenol peels can minimise the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Treatment of acne scars and pigmentation issues: Phenol peels can help reduce the appearance of acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and melasma by targeting deeper layers of the skin.
  • Stimulating collagen production for firmer skin: As the skin heals after a phenol peel, collagen production increases, leading to firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
Phenol Face PeelThe Procedure

The phenol face peel begins with a consultation with a skincare professional to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for the treatment – at Essence Medical, not only is your treatment delivered by Dr Kieren Bong, but your consultation and any follow-up.

On the day of the procedure, Dr Bong will cleanse your skin and apply the phenol solution. You may feel a slight burning sensation as the peel penetrates your skin, and Dr Bong consults you throughout to ensure minimal discomfort. The solution is then left on for a specified amount of time before being neutralised and removed.

Phenol face peels carry potential risks and side effects, including pain, swelling, redness, infection and scarring. Choosing an experienced and qualified provider to minimise these risks is crucial.

Recovery and Aftercare

After a phenol face peel, you can expect significant downtime as your skin heals. The recovery period typically lasts between one to two weeks but can extend for some individuals. Your skin will appear red, swollen and may ooze or crust during this time.

Proper aftercare is crucial to ensure optimal healing and maintain your results. Dr Bong will provide you with specific instructions, which include:

  • Keeping your skin clean and moisturised
  • Avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen
  • Refraining from picking at or peeling the skin
  • Avoiding strenuous activities that may cause sweating or irritation
Phenol Face Peel Candidates

Phenol face peels are best suited for individuals with severe skin concerns, such as deep wrinkles, significant sun damage, or extensive acne scarring. Those with lighter skin tones are generally better candidates for phenol peels, as darker skin tones may experience uneven pigmentation after the treatment.

Phenol face peels may not be suitable for everyone, such as those with certain medical conditions, pregnant or nursing women, or individuals with a history of keloid scarring. Any issues will be discussed at your consultation.

Cost and Availability

The average cost of a phenol face peel for 1 treatment for the full face is from £2,500; however, isolated areas, such as only smoker’s lines, is from £1,500. Clients travel from Europe and beyond to attend Dr Bong’s clinic; however, if you are looking for someone local, be sure to choose a provider with experience in performing phenol peels to ensure the best possible outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • How long do the results last? The results of a phenol face peel can be long-lasting, often remaining visible for years after the treatment. However, maintaining a proper skincare routine and protecting your skin from sun damage is essential to preserve your results.
  • Is the procedure painful? Not at all. This is one of the unique features of Dr Bong’s phenol peel. The phenol solution Dr Bong applies on your skin contains a patented formula that has a local anaesthetic effect. While this procedure is associated with a mild burning sensation, it only lasts for 12 seconds. There is no pain at all.
  • Can I combine phenol face peels with other treatments? It’s essential to consult with your aesthetic doctor about combining phenol peels with other treatments. While some procedures may complement each other, others may cause additional irritation or complications.

Phenol face peels can provide impressive results for those struggling with severe skin concerns. However, it’s crucial to understand the procedure, its potential risks, and the necessary aftercare before deciding if it’s right for you. Consult with a skincare professional who can assess your skin and provide personalised advice on whether a phenol face peel is the best option for your skincare needs.  You can contact the clinic direct to book your consultation with Dr Bong, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to phone our friendly reception staff.


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