Botox and chemical peels: Skincare tips

Botox and chemical peels are great ways to look after your skin and help to combat the inevitable signs of ageing that we all experience. If you want to improve the appearance of your skin and maintain a smooth and youthful appearance, using Botox and chemical peels together can help you to achieve this. 

They can also be used separately to help treat your skin concerns so let’s have a look at what they both are, how they work and how they can be used together. 

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What is a chemical peel? 

Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment that use acids to exfoliate your skin. The acid removes damaged skin cells from the treatment area and, when conducted by a qualified aesthetic injector, your skin will heal with minimal scarring. This should leave you with better skin texture and tone! 

Facial peels affect two layers of your skin, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the visible outer layer of your skin and the dermis sits underneath this. The deeper layer contains nerve endings, sweat glands, and hair follicles. 

Chemical peels can reduce the appearance of acne, scarring, wrinkles or sun damage. They’re mostly used on your face but they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. 

This treatment is one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your skin and help to improve your overall appearance. There are different types of peel available and your treatment will be dictated by your skin type and the condition you’re looking to improve. 

Benefits of a chemical peel 

Let’s have a look at the key benefits of a chemical peel: 

Can treat acne scarring  

A chemical peel exfoliates deeper than any topical acne treatments can achieve. A chemical peel can cleanse your skin more thoroughly and will reveal the fresh, smooth skin underneath. If you want to treat acne, we usually recommend more than one treatment to see the full results. 

Helps to minimise pores

Enlarged pores are a common skin concern for many clients. However, using a chemical peel to remove the outer, often damaged layer of skin with a peel can make pores look smaller and help to improve the appearance of your skin. 

Erases fine lines and wrinkles 

Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural sign of ageing but they can affect your confidence and leave you searching for solutions to cover the lines up. Peels can help to ease wrinkles on your face and soften the appearance of fine lines. 

Helps with discolouration 

Sunspots, discolouration and hyperpigmentation are common problems that can affect your confidence. A peel can help with all of these problems. 

Helps to lift skin 

If you want to achieve the appearance of a facelift without the recovery time involved, a chemical peel can help. 

Smooths skin 

Chemical peels are most commonly used for their skin smoothing benefits which are hard to match with any other treatment. Lifting the top and damaged layers of skin from your face, neck or hands will leave you with refreshed, smooth looking skin. 

A non invasive treatment 

One of the biggest benefits of chemical peels is they do not require needles, surgery or downtime. Some patients choose to pair a chemical peel with other treatments too due to the minimal recovery time required. 

What can chemical peels treat? 

Chemical peels can be used to treat a number of different skin conditions and complaints, including: 

  • Acne or acne scars 
  • Fine lines and wrinkles 
  • Irregular skin pigmentation 
  • Rough skin and scaly patches 
  • Some scars 
  • Sun damaged skin 

These treatments are most commonly performed on your face, neck and hands, depending on the condition you want to treat. Deep scars, deep facial lines or wrinkles don’t respond well to chemical peels so these should be treated by other cosmetic procedures such as Botox (botulinum toxin). 

How important is skin care and chemical peels? 

If you want to maintain the results of any facial treatments, it’s important to follow a good skin care routine. It’s important to look after your skin whether you have treatments or not. 


  • Keep your skin in good condition – a good skin care routine will keep your skin looking its best and will help to prevent or reduce the appearance of acne, as well as wrinkles and fine lines and discolouration. 
  • Keep your skin looking youthful – as we age, our skin’s cells do not renew as easily which can leave your skin looking dull and less radiant. Good skincare can help to remove dead skin cells and let your body replace them with newer and more youthful cells. 
  • Prevention is easier than correction – preventing skin problems with a good skin care routine is much easier and will not cost as much as trying to fix problems in the future.  

Chemical peel vs Botox: Can you have a chemical peel and Botox together? 

The answer to this question is yes! Both treatments are used for different purposes and treat your face in different ways. You can schedule a chemical peel before your Botox treatment but it is not usually recommended that they are scheduled the other way around. 

Combining both treatments together can help you to achieve a more youthful appearance and smooth out any fine lines or wrinkles. 

Chemical peels work in the top and medium layers of your skin to improve the appearance of imperfections. However, if facial muscles are causing these fine lines and wrinkles, Botox can be injected to paralyse the muscles and prevent the movement causing the wrinkles and lines. 

Depending on the look you want to achieve, these treatments can be scheduled on the same day or a few days apart. If you want to have a chemical peel on the same day as your Botox treatment, this is something you will need to chat to your aesthetic injector about to ensure that it’s possible before proceeding with treatment. 

Why do you need Botox?

Botox was the first FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved injectable for a range of medical and cosmetic uses. Botox is the name of a toxin created by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Other brands are available such as Dysport and Xeomin but Botox is the most commonly used and heard of. 

Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles in your face that cause fine lines and wrinkles. It prevents the muscle from contracting which makes them relax and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and prevents them from forming. Learn more about how Botox works in our guide. 

If you have fine lines and wrinkles on your face, Botox can be used to treat your forehead, around your eyes, the corners of your mouth and on your chin. 

What can Botox treat?

The most common use for Botox is to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Here are just some of the wrinkles that Botox can help to treat: 

  • Frown lines – frown lines or glabella lines are the creases between your eyebrows. Botox can be injected to smooth these lines and provide a more relaxed appearance. 
  • Forehead lines – horizontal forehead lines occur as we age and can be caused by sun damage or smoking too. Botox can help to lessen the effect of these lines and help to prevent more from forming. 
  • Bunny lines – these are the creases that appear when your nose wrinkles up and Botox can help to reduce these lines. 
  • Crow’s feet – these wrinkles are associated with ageing and Botox is extremely effective at reducing these lines and this is one of the most popular areas for treatment. 
  • Chin (to prevent dimpling) – the muscles in your chin can become overactive as you get older which means they flex more than usual, causing a dimpled, puckered appearance. Botox can be used to relax the muscles in your chin which will smooth and reduce the overall dimpled effect. 
  • Jawline and neck – Botox can be used to smooth your neck and can help to relax both horizontal and vertical lines. 

Benefits of Botox

Botox provides a number of benefits, including: 

Quick procedure 

One of the biggest benefits of having Botox in comparison to surgical procedures is it takes less than 15 minutes and can be done on your lunch break. There is also zero recovery time after Botox which means you can go back to your normal life straight after treatment. 

Fast results 

The speed at which you begin to see Botox results varies from person to person but most people tend to start seeing results within three to four days and full results can be seen within two weeks of your treatment. 

Plus, if you don’t see the results you want after your first treatment, you can return for more injections. 

Non invasive procedure 

Botox is completed using fine needles to inject Botox into your face with similar results to a surgical facelift. This makes it one of the least invasive cosmetic procedures available. 

Temporary results 

This is both a benefit and a disadvantage of Botox. If you change your mind about having Botox or you do not like the results, you can wait for the drug to dissolve within your body and your face will return to how it was before. 

However, if you want to maintain results, this can be a disadvantage as you will have to return regularly for treatments. Find out how often you should get Botox in our full guide. 

To learn more about Botox and how it works or to book a consultation at our Denver or Greenwood Village clinics, please contact us today.

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