Chemical Peels: What Can They Do For Your Skin?

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peel is a technique used to regenerate skin, it is also an anti-aging procedure. Chemical peel works by getting rid of the superficial layer of dead skin cells fast, promoting the rate of new skin cells regeneration.

What is a chemical peel used for?

  • Reduce fine lines, especially under the eyes and around the mouth.
  • Correct mild scarring.
  • Treat certain types of acne.
  • Diminish sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, or blotchiness.
  • Refresh and rejuvenate skin texture and color.

At home chemical peel kit is one of today's most popular home treatments for smoother and clearer skin complexion. Generally, the acid strength for at home chemical peel is milder than those used in the dermatologist's office or skin clinics.

Still, it is effective in reducing fine facial lines, wrinkles, acne, acne scarring and evens out skin tone. With the feasibility of administering at home chemical peel, there is no need to receive treatments performed by professionals at a clinic or spa. Not only the at home kit is getting popular for its convenience and affordability, but also for its effectiveness as well.

There are many different types of at home kits and not all are suitable for home use. The group of acids typically used for chemical peels are called alpha hydroxyl acids or AHAs. These are usually naturally occurring which is derived from plants and fruit.

Even though AHAs only offer superficial peels, they are strong enough to fade off dark marks, acne scars or other hyperpigmentation problems and is recommended for home use.

Glycolic Acid is derived from sugar cane and is one of the most popular acids used for at home chemical peel. It comes with concentrations of 10-30% and is commonly used to treat uneven skin tone and fine lines.

Lactic Acid is another type of AHA and is obtained from milk. Lactic acid peels penetrates just the epidermis layer and is commonly used to even out skin tone, fade mild scars and reduce fine wrinkles.

Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is derived from the bark of willow trees and is also used for superficial peels. It is used for deep pore cleansing for reducing the occurrence of acne, blackheads and whiteheads.

TCA or trichloroethanoic acid penetrates the skin a little deeper than AHAs and salicylic acid. This can be administered on darker skinned individuals as no bleaching of the skin takes place. It works on fine facial lines, wrinkles and evening out darker or lighter patches.

How to perform at home chemical peel?

Before applying the acid, your skin must be thoroughly cleaned from oil or dirt. After application, the acid should be left on your skin for around 2 - 10 minutes (depends on the AHA % and your skin sensitivity) before you wash off the acids. During this time the skin should be carefully monitored to ensure that no irritation is occurring.

After the procedure, you may experience skin redness which should clear off in about a day. For the next few days, you will notice flaking of the top layer of dead skin cells before it sloughs off. For aftercare maintenance of your new skin, you should always use a sunscreen as your skin will become more sensitive to the sun which could results in skin irritation, redness or other chemical peel side effects.

Which at home chemical peel you choose really depends on the severity of your skin problems, your skin type and skin colour.

A series of Home Use Chemical Peels from *Perfect Image will be available at Skin Bar soon!

* Perfect Image is FDA registered and cGMP compliant facility uses scientifically advanced formulations to develop and manufacture professional, high quality, pharmaceutical grade (USP) products. Their unique professional line of skin peels is developed using the latest research biotechnology and resources in the industry to formulate a solution focused solely on yielding true satisfying results in the field of skincare. They only use high purity, USP grade ingredients in specific concentrations which have been proven to produce extensive results for a number of common skin conditions associated with aging. We are excited to introduce this new line of skin preparations to the professional skincare industry, and to those who are in search of extraordinary results.

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