Choosing The Best Chemical Peel for Your Skin
How to Tell Which Type of Peel is Best for Your Skin
Chemical peels are a popular, easy way to brighten your complexion and solve common skin problems. But before you go under the peel, it’s important to know the differences between the different types of peels and which one is best for your skin.
How Chemical Peels Work
Chemical peels dissolve your skin’s topmost layers of dead skin cells.
Here’s how they work: the peel is painted onto the face by a dermatologist or trained cosmetologist.
The stronger the formulation and the longer it’s left on, the more powerful the “peel.” The peel is then washed off and you should notice instant results.
There are three basic types of peels, all which are formulated with acid: Glycolic or salicylic acid (best for oily skin) and trichloroacetic acid (or TCA) which goes super deep.
One thing to note: just because these are called peels doesn’t mean your skin will actually peel. The acids break down the dead skin cells, but the shed skin is so small, you won’t be able to notice. You will know the peel is working when it’s brushed on your skin because it should tingle a little.
All chemical peels help with fine lines and wrinkles and can help reduce the appearance of acne blemishes and pocked skin. Glycolic peels are great for skin brightening while salicylic peels are best for acne-prone skin.
Peels are easier on the skin than scrubs, which can create microscopic tears in the skin.
The benefits are also immediate. Once the peel is washed off, you’ll be left with glowing skin. But just one peel won’t solve your acne problems or fix your dull skin forever. You’ll need a series of peels to get the best results.
The cost is about $300 and up, depending on where you go.
Here are the three types of chemical peels, along with recommendations for products you can use at home:
If you are looking to simply brighten skin and get rid of the dullness that comes with age and skin that collects dead skin cells, a glycolic peel is likely your best bet. Glycolic peels (also known as alpha hydroxy acid peels) are the most gentle of the chemical peels. They are made from fruit acids (but can also be man-made) and they penetrate only the top layer of skin, sloughing off dead skin cells. They don’t go as deep as TCA peels.
They can remove blemishes and fade sunspots and hyperpigmentation. These peels are great for women with fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, and blemishes.
You will notice results after one peel, but for best results, you’ll need a series of 3 to 6 peels over a period of time.
Don’t want to spend the money on a dermatologist’s peel? Try excellent these at-home products:
CANE + AUSTIN Facial Moisture Cream with 10% Glycolic Acid are highly recommended by Allure Magazine. This dual action, hydrating and regenerative treatment cream contains 10% glycolic acid to minimize fine lines, brighten skin without irritation, and protect against free radical damage. This cream can be used for any skin type.
These Beauty Rx by Dr. Schultz Advanced 10% Exfoliating Pads gently remove dulling skin cells to reveal a glowing even skin tone without peeling or redness.
You can expect these glycolic pads to improve the overall appearance of your skin with their multi-acid exfoliating complex, Tetrafoliant. Regular use will lead to the disappearance of enlarged pores, dark-spots, combat acne breakouts, control oil production, and soften the appearance of fine lines. These pads are paraben and fragrance free, and dermatologist-tested.
The peels not only soothe pimple-prone skin but help keep breakouts at bay and help remove acne scars. This is another light peel; the penetration is not as deep as the TCA peels.
Women with acne swear by these peels.
“I get an enzyme and salicylic acid one, so it’s very light. You just feel a tingling sensation when it’s on. It’s only on for about five minutes and then you wash it off. It gives you a refreshed feel, but the process really controls breakouts and evens out skin tone if you have dark spots from acne or just being in the sun. I get dark spots, and it’s so annoying.” New Yorker Kai Avent-deLeon said in a beauty blog.
Famed makeup guru Lisa Eldridge also swears by salicylic acid peels for her acne-prone skin that also tends to be dehydrated. “I’ve got really annoying acne-prone skin that can break out, but it can also get dehydrated.
My skin’s what I call a ‘lazy’ exfoliator, so I need to exfoliate but in a very gentle way,” Eldridge says.
Try these superb at-home products that contain salicylic acid:
Formulated Professionally with Medical Grade Ingredients, YEOUTH Salicylic Acid Face Peel 20% Chemical Peel contains 15-20 full face chemical peels. You can expect improvement in skin conditions like acne, clogged pores, blackheads, oily and congested skin.
This YEOUTH Salicylic Acid Gel Peel work especially well for dull, lifeless skin, damaged skin, dry, dehydrated skin, and uneven skin tone. With the addition of antibacterial Tea Tree Oil, it’s the perfect peel for acne-prone skin, and acne scars, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Another nice addition is the Green Tea Extract, which helps as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and provides a small amount of UV sun protection post peel.
This MedPeel Salicylic 30% Chemical Peel is a deep strength beta hydroxy acid used to clear clogged pores with repeated use. This is a deep strength chemical peel, and is appropriate for experienced users only with an oily and acneic skin type and is safe for all skin tones.
A TCA Peel is a type of Chemical Peel used as a skin resurfacing technique. Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) solution is applied to the face to remove the outer surface layers of skin. A TCA Peel allows new, healthier skin to emerge.
TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels are medium-skin-depth treatments (much more effective than glycolic acid peels). They help with sun damage, facial wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and pigment abnormalities.The concentration of the peel varies according to need, and downtime is 2-7 days depending on the strength used.
Because TCA Peels penetrate deeper than the glycolic or salicylic acid peels, they are a good choice for women with acne-scarring or pigmentation issues. The TCA peels will likely cause redness a few days after use. You’ll want to stay out of the sun for a few months after your treatments to protect your new top skin layers.
For a high quality TCA peel at home, try:
Ideal Skin Care Solutions TCA Peel Kit provides an effective light-medium depth peel and produce an outstanding level of controlled damage without the risk of side effects.
Each kit includes:
- Professional Jessner Cosmetic Peel Solution (30ml)
- Professional TCA 30% Cosmetic Peel (30ml)
- Professional Ultra Healing Moisturizing Lotion (0.5 fl oz) for the healing process w/ Vitamin E
- Easy-to-Read and Easy-to-Follow instructions
- After Peel Therapy and healing process procedure
- Transfer Dropper
After Your Chemical Peel at Home:
- Avoid using acids or exfoliants for the next few days to allow your skin time to heal.
- Avoid direct sunlight. The week after the peel, you’ll be more sensitive to sunlight.
- Avoid smoking to minimize the risk of any infections.
- Apply a sunscreen with at least the 30 SPF to protect the skin while healing and avoid any hyperpigmentation.
- If you have flaking skin, do not manually peel it; you may create scabs and cause an infection.
- Use a gentle cleanser to avoid aggravating your skin.
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