Choosing an At Home Chemical Facial Peel

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.

 

 

Benefits

 

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:

 

 

Glycolic Peels

 

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.

 

 

 

Salicylic Peels

 

Salicylic acid peels are a great bet for women who struggle with breakouts.

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.

 

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TCA Peels

 

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.

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided you some practical information on chemical peels.

I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

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How to Get Rid of Stubborn Adult Acne

How to Get Rid of Stubborn Adult Acne

 

What’s Different About Adult Acne?

 

Acne isn’t just a problem for teenagers. Many adults also have acne. Around 80% of adult acne cases affect women, thought to be because of changing hormone levels during periods, pregnancy, medical conditions such as PCOS, or as a side effect of medication.

Acne develops when dead skin cells and natural oils (sebum) block up tiny hair follicles in the skin. Bacteria work their way into the plugged-up follicles and start multiplying. When the body’s immune cells move in to attack the bacteria, the results of the battle are the classic symptoms of acne – swelling, redness and spots.

Adult acne differs markedly from the spots of your teenage years, both in how it appears and how it’s treated.

In teenagers, you’ll mostly see lots of tiny bumps, blackheads or whiteheads on the skin of the face, especially the forehead, along with occasional cysts on the chest and back. That’s because teens’ skin tends to be a little stickier and they’re more likely than adults to get clogged pores.

In adults, acne is more likely to appear on the lower part of the face, especially around the mouth and jawline. It’s usually deeper nodules or red papules in those areas. The fine little bumps of teen acne can still happen in adulthood, but it’s much less common.

 

 

Reasons For Adult Acne 

 

Some adults continue to get acne well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. It is even possible to get acne for the first time as an adult. Dermatologists call this “adult-onset acne.” It is most common among women going through menopause.

Women tend to get adult acne more often than men do. If you’re getting acne as an adult, it is likely due to one or more of the following reasons:

Fluctuating hormone levels can lead to breakouts.

Women often experience fluctuating hormones: 

  • Around their periods 
  • During pregnancy, peri-menopause, and menopause
  • After discontinuing (or starting) birth control pills 

 

Stress: Researchers have found a relationship between stress and acne flare-ups. In response to stress, our bodies produce more androgens (a type of hormone). These hormones stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to acne. This explains why acne can be an ongoing problem when we find ourselves under constant stress.

In my personal experience, stress has been the largest factor in my adult acne flare-ups.

 

Family history: Does a close blood relative, such as a parent, brother, or sister have acne? Findings from research studies suggest that some people may have a genetic predisposition for acne. People who have this predisposition seem more likely to get adult acne.

 

Hair and skin care products: You likely already do this, but if you have adult acne, you should read the labels on your skin care and hair care products. Make sure that you see one of the following terms on every container:

  • Non-comedogenic 
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Oil-free
  • Won’t clog pores

 

You want to make sure your moisturizer, cleanser, sunscreen, and all other products contain one of these terms. These products are least likely to cause acne. 

 

Medication side effect: Acne is a side effect of some medicines. If you suspect that a medicine is triggering your acne or making it worse, continue taking the medicine — but talk with the doctor who prescribed it. Ask if acne is a possible side effect. If acne is a possible side effect, ask if you can take a different medicine. If you cannot take another medicine, you may want to see a dermatologist who can help you control the acne.

 

Undiagnosed medical condition: Sometimes, acne is a sign of an underlying medical condition. Once the medical condition is diagnosed and treated, the acne often clears. 

 

 

Treating Adult Acne

 

Acne medications help by interrupting this process in different ways. Some over-the-counter and prescription acne creams help by unplugging the follicles. Others – such as antibiotics – kill the bacteria that move into the follicles and reduce inflammation. Oral retinoids such as isotretinoin work differently by reducing the amount of oil secreted by glands in the skin.

There is no single best acne or spot treatment. Some people do well using one acne cream, while others need a combination of approaches to control their acne.

Most of the over-the-counter products involve salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide.

 

 

For Adult Acne, I Recommend Looking For Products With Benzoyl Peroxide

 

Benzoyl peroxide is non-prescription drug that works to destroy acne-causing bacteria in your pores. Also known as BPO, it works primarily as an exfoliating agent by increasing the turnover of the skin and removes the mixture of sebum and dead skin cells from the pores.

There are many BPO product options available to consumers.  Not only are there numerous brands, but it also comes in a variety of concentrations.

Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful ingredient that is effective against all kinds of acne lesions (blackheads, whiteheads, and big, red, cystic pimples). It is bactericidal, meaning it kills bacteria, rather than simply slowing down their growth.

Benzyol peroxide acne treatments can also work very quickly, improving acne as early as five days after starting treatment. It’s a great first line treatment for acne, but it’s also helpful to use in combination with antibiotics. In fact, benzoyl peroxide has the ability to prevent antibiotic resistance.

One thing to watch out for with benzoyl peroxide is that it can bleach dark fabrics.  It can also cause drying, peeling, and redness if it’s not delivered in the right amount, surrounded by the right mix of ingredients. It may take some experimentation to see what concentration or frequency of use your skin tolerates best.

 

The Benefits of Benzoyl Peroxide

 

  • It kills bacteria.
  • Benzoyl peroxide works quickly (as soon as five days!).
  • As an added bonus, benzoyl peroxide prevents antibiotic resistance.

 

A study published on The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology suggests that:

“Benzoyl peroxide (BPO) has been an important component of topical therapy for acne vulgaris for more than five decades due to its ability to markedly reduce Propionibacterium acnes and inflammatory acne lesions and its ability to moderately reduce noninflammatory acne lesions.” [source]

 

The Downside to Benzoyl Peroxide

 

  • It can cause dryness, peeling and redness.
  • It can bleach fabric.
  • In some cases, benzoyl peroxide can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (a.k.a. dark spots).

 

Note – I’m a staunch believer of the fact that there’s no quick acne treatment, and studies have proven this. So if you’re thinking that a benzoyl peroxide based product can cure your acne overnight, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.  You’ll  have to be patient and let the product work for at least 2-3 weeks.  It can be very effective at clearing up adult acne, but it takes a little time.

 

Recommended Benzoyl Peroxide Products

 

 CleaRx, Differin (uses retinoid), Proactiv, and Murad all have excellent reputations and high quality product lines.  Any one of these can work well on adult acne. 

As a personal recommendation, I like CleaRx products.  They have worked really well for clearing up my adult acne (even the cystic bumps on my jaw – which are a nightmare).  CleaRx contains the maximum OTC (over-the-counter) strength 10% benzoyl peroxide along with other acne fighting ingredients, so  Give CleaRx a chance on your toughest acne before you see a dermatologist. 

I also find them to be the  cosmetically elegant (spa-like), and pleasant to use, which, while not as important as effectiveness, also matters to me.  For me, CleaRx and stress management are the best ways to manage my adult acne.  I feel like CleaRx really helps bring my skin back in balance, and helps me to keep my flare-ups to an absolute minimum.

 

 A quick look at the treatment features of some excellent products:

 

Treatment Features

 

CleaRx®

Differin®

Proactiv®

Murad®

Maximum Strength Formulation

Kills Acne Bacteria

Cleans & Exfoliates Skin

Unclogs Blocked Pores

Hydrates & Protects Skin

Reduces Redness & Inflammation

Promotes Healthy, Even Toned Skin

 

 

Prescription Treatments for Adult Acne

 

Try non-prescription products as your first line of defense, but if you’re having no luck with them, talk to your dermatologist about prescription treatments. Your doctor may recommend one treatment, or suggest combining a cream with an oral medication.

You have several options:

  • Prescription creams containing retinoids (derived from vitamin A) to help unplug follicles.
  • Combination creams that combine the cleansing agent benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics such as clindamycin.
  • Oral contraceptives, which can regulate the hormonal fluctuations that spark breakouts.
  • Oral antibiotics, which also act as anti-inflammatories.

 

 

Final Thoughts

Adult acne is different from teen acne, but it can be cleared up and managed.  Be aware of your stress level, and watch for products you use which might aggravate your skin and clog pores. 

Purchase a high quality acne system and stick with it, adjusting as needed for formula strength and/or frequency of use.  If you don’t have a satisfactory result from an over the counter system, consult with a dermatologist.  And don’t panic – there are many options available.

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided you some practical information about clearing up and managing adult acne.

I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

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