Hardwick Clinic

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Hardwick Clinic, Hardwick, Cambridge

Hardwick Clinic


Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion

Skin resurfacing treatments come in many different varieties, but their common aim is usually to improve the appearance and quality of the skin, improve skin tone and remove blemishes and fine lines. These procedures aim to remove dead skin from the surface and to stimulate the dermis underneath. At Hardwick clinic we offer two major forms of treatment. We also offer Plasma Pen resurfacing which is described in a separate section.

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peel

This treatment is used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin making it look younger and rejuvenated. There are a wide range of products available to allow us to deliver you a tailor-made treatment

It involves the application of chemical solutions to the skin surface, which causes dead skin to fall off, leaving regenerated smoother, brighter and more youthful skin. This helps normalise cell turnover and formation of pores. It stimulates the skin cells and reduces the appearance of fine-lines and wrinkles. It stimulates production of moisture. It reduces the appearance of aging skin, rough skin, sallowness, fine-lines and wrinkes.

This can be useful to treat the results of sun damage, to improve the appearance of mild scarring, to treat specific types of acne, reduce pigmentation, age spots, freckles and dark patches.

Peels come in a variety of strengths and your Doctor will help you choose the appropriate range of treatment and post-treatment care plans for more youthful skin. There may be some immediate stinging sensation during treatment. The skin may be flushed and erythema may last for 1-2 hours.

At hardwick clinic we are licensed and trained to use medical grade professional peels (e.g. glycolic acid) and will design a bespoke treatment plan for you.

Some types of chemical peel may require skin preparation in advance. If unsure please contact us for details.

ZO by Zein Obagi range of peels

We offer the full range of ZO medical grade peels at hardwick clinic. Examples are shown below.

ZO Peels
ZO stimulator peel

The Perfect “Lunchtime” peel with no downtime. This revolutionary alpha-hydroxy acid peel stimulates cellular turnover, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improving overall skin tone, texture and clarity without downtime.

If you have been considering a peel but feeling a little nervous then the Stimulator Peel is for you. This celebrity-loved treatment is a favourite before big events and is often known as the ‘lunchtime peel’ because no downtime is required afterwards, simply a glowing rejuvenated complexion. The Stimulator Peel uses a combination of three exfoliating ingredients- Glycolic, lactic and citric acid to slough away dead skin cells and any superficial blemishes to reveal fresh, clearer skin underneath. It also stimulates cell turnover for continued improvement to the skin.

This skin peel is superficial and is great for:

  • Reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Acne and pore size reduction
  • Age spots/sun spots
  • Improving skin’s texture and tone
ZO skin health ultra Hydration Treatment

Hydrate and rejuvenate moisture-depleted skin. This elegant treatment begins with a gentle hydrating cleansing and micro-exfoliation to remove surface debris. Using mulberry, licorice and bearberry extracts, with kojic and lactic acids, the skin is prepped for a triple action resurfacing process to enhance brightness and clarity, as well as to address skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles. ZO® Aloe Hydra gel, with cucumber and chamomile, is applied to cool, calm and soothe the skin, followed by pressure point massage manipulations to minimize facial stress and maximize relaxation. The treatment finishes with DNA repairing enzymes, hydrators and sun protection enhanced with natural melanin. Skin is vibrantly clear, firm, strengthened and protected.

Acne and Oil Control Treatment

Minimize oil production, large pores and inflammation Cleansing gently removes impurities, followed by a micro-scrub to prepare the skin to easily address the extraction process by removing remaining debris from the skin’s surface. A combination of AHA’s are used to minimize excess oil production and tighten pores. Using an oil-free gel with a special blend of moisture factors, fatty acids and amino acids, a calming massage is performed. Healing is encouraged and inflammation minimized with our exclusive ZO® Sulfur Masque that adds kaolin for antiseptic and detoxifying benefits. Calm, clear and healthier oil-free skin is revealed. The treatment finishes with antioxidants, DNA repairing enzymes and powerful sun protection using natural melanin, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to minimize acne scarring. Skin is visibly clean, clear and calm.

Skin Brightening Treatment

Restore skin clarity, reduce pigment spots and discoloration This brightening treatment creates a radiant, more even skin tone and texture with citric, salicylic and lactic acids to increase skin brightness, clarity and minimize pore size. A moisture-rich cleansing and mild exfoliation is followed by a vitamin-fortified calming massage. To further brighten the skin, the Skin Brightening Sheet Masque, with arbutin and green tea,is applied to minimize the production of excess skin pigment and supply ample hydration to the tissue. The treatment concludes with powerful ZO® antioxidants, coenzymes and sun protection to inhibit melanin production and stimulate the growth of healthy cells.

ZO® 3-Step Advanced Medical Peel™

Not just another ordinary peel, the ZO® 3-Step Peel™ is the only multifunctional epidermal peel designed to provide longer-lasting treatment benefits. Utilising a blend of exfoliants, a 6% concentration of retinol and multi-action agents that stimulate collagen and restore moisture balance, it evens skin texture for softer, smoother, tighter looking skin. The ZO® 3-Step Peel™ is an innovative in-office treatment for professional use only, designed to support dermal and epidermal stimulation.

We often recommend you starting on a ZO® program according to your skin type 4-6 weeks before the 3-Step Peel™ to help strengthen skin and enhance the benefits of it. The application of this peel can be easily tailored to each person, based on their tolerance level and can be repeated every 3-4 weeks. However, you should expect some downtime after this peel. To maintain results, the peel should be repeated 2-3 times per year. Then after the skin is fully recovered you should return to your ZO® daily program.

ZO three step medical peel
Key Benefits of the 3-Step Peel™
  • Improves acne, melasma, sun damage, fine lines, texture roughness, large pores, and dullness.
  • Suppresses post-procedure skin inflammation that can be caused by peels, sun, hormones and pollution.
  • Patient-friendly peel for all individuals. Suitable for any skin type or colour.
  • Usage studies show minimal irritation.
  • Dual-action, highly effective peel designed to provide epidermal renewal and dermal stimulation.
  • Utilises a blend of exfoliants, 6% concentration of retinol, and multi-action agents to significantly improve skin health and treat many signs of skin ageing.
  • Supports barrier function and improves skin’s ability to repair and renew itself.
  • Provides antioxidant protection, DNA repair, and anti-inflammation benefits.
Dermaplaning with ZO peels

Dermaplaning is a procedure to remove the top dead layers of your skin. The aim is to remove fine wrinkles and deep acne scarring, as well as making the skin surface look smooth. Dermaplaning is safe for most people, with little risk of side effects when it’s performed by a trained healthcare professional.. This procedure doesn’t require any downtime for recovery, which makes it extremely convenient.

Alumier MD Peels

Dermaplaning uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead skin cells and hair from your face. It’s also called microplaning or blading. Dermaplaning aims to make your skin’s surface smooth, youthful, and radiant. This treatment claims to remove deep scarring from acne and uneven pockmarks on your skin. It’s also used to remove “peach fuzz,” the short, soft hairs on your face. Dermaplaning can be used for any skin type and anyone with:

  • acne scars
  • dull skin
  • dry skin
  • sun-damaged skin
  • fine wrinkles
Alumier MD Chemical Peel Facials

We are now offering Alumier MD chemical peels as part of a combined facial treatment. We use this range of peels as a baseline chemical peels for additional skin rejuventation procedures. These Alumier MD professional peels contain a combination of natural ingredients for all skin types and skincare needs. For further information please see here.

Alumier MD Peels
Photodynamic Therapy

To enhance the effect of the chemical peel it can be combined with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and carefully selected skin care products and/or lymphatic drainage.

Other Professional Grade Products available
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Microdermabrasion is a procedure which involves a removal of the top layer of skin with a small hand-held device. It is considered to be a non-invasive procedure. Microdermabrasion exfoliate the skin, reduce signs of aging, reduces appearance of scars and make the skin appear more even. The procedure is usually painless and takes approximately 20-30 min to complete. At Hardwick Clinic we combine microdermabrasion with other skin rejuvenation procedures to optimise the results. An example of a combine procedure would be microdermabrasion, microcurrent and photodynamic therapy (PDT). As a guide, it is recommended to complete 4 to 12 procedures two to four weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

Photodynamic Therapy following microdermabrasion

To enhance the effect of the chemical peel it can be combined with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and carefully selected skin care products and/or lymphatic drainage combined with a soothing facemask to take home.

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Preparing for your treatment

Your doctor will inform you at the free consultation about the best ways to prepare for these treatments. We can prescribe professional cosmetics 2 weeks prior to treatment and for post-treatment use. This will optimise the response to the peel or microdermabrasion and support skin rejuvenation afterwards.

For male clients it is important to have shaved approximately 3-4 hours before treatment.

A full description of our extensive line of skincare products is available here.

Conditions suitable for these treatments

Your doctor will always discuss these treatment with you and design a treatment plan based on your skin. In general these procedures are excellent for the following:

  • Reduce appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Treat the results of sun damage
  • Improve the appearance of mild scarring
  • Treat certain types of acne
  • Reduce pigmentation, post inflammatory pigmentation, age spots, freckles and dark patches
  • Improve the look of skin that is dull in texture and color
When can a chemical peel / dermabrasion not be performed?

You should not have such treatments in the following circumstances:

  • Active Coldsore - herpes labialis / simplex
  • Roaccutane use within past 6 months
  • Recent surgery (healing wound)
  • Recent radiotherapy
  • Sunburn from Insufficient sun protection
How many treatments do I need to have?

For Chemical Peels: Usually 4-6 peels are required. Occasionally the number of peels need to be increased to achieve optimal results. The usual intervals between peels are:

  • 4 weeks for treatment of aging, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, roughness and sun damaged skin
  • 2 weeks for acne and oily skin

For Microdermabrasion: Usually 6-12 treatments are required, with a minimum of 2 to 4 weeks between treatments.

**Results described here are indicative and may vary from patient to patient

Further Information

To learn more about ageing and how it affects our skin, you can read more about ageing here.

For further details about this and other procedures, please contact us for more information.

Additional treatments may be available, please contact us for more information

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