Carbon laser peel review: The perfect fix for a weekend

When most people hear ‘peel’ when referring to a facial, they envision a bright red face and days of peeling skin.


The carbon peel, new to Harpenden Skin Clinic, leaves you with nothing of the sort. It is completely non-invasive – no pain and no recovery time.

It is highly beneficial for people with oily skin, blackheads, enlarged pores, dull skin, and acne on the face or body. It is also an excellent way to exfoliate and refresh your skin, providing an instant refreshed appearance and leaving skin feeling softer, smoother and firmer.

The latter is what I was going for. I don’t have particularly troublesome skin, but year on year it is a little duller, and a little looser.

The treatment

A layer of liquid carbon is applied to the skin, where it penetrates deep into the pores. Laser light is highly attracted to the carbon particles. When the laser is passed over the area, it destroys the carbon, taking dead skin cells, contaminants and oil with it.

It zaps a little loudly as it passes across your face, but you feel nothing more than a tingle or a little pinch. This is a two-part process and for the second, a hoover is placed near you to suck up the carbon particles and dead skin, thankfully your eyes are covered to protect from the laser so you can’t see this skin leaving your face.

It cleanses, exfoliates and rejuvenates by taking away any dirt and dead skin. The carbon peels also target the deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production, which in turn produces firmer, plumper skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves skin feeling tighter and glowing.


The effects are instant but, of course, short lived. It is no wonder cure – as with any facial treatment, the more you have the more benefits you will see.

I left with miraculously clear skin – my blackheads had pretty much vanished – and my face was definitely tighter and definitely glowing.

It was the perfect fix for the weekend, or for a special event. Along with dirt removal and rejuvenation, it targets bacteria and the like that causes acne so I am sure that had my skin been more troublesome the results would have been quite spectacular.

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