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What’s a Chemical Peel and should you Have One?

 

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels remove the top layers of dead skin to reveal the layers beneath. This results in healthier, brighter looking skin. chemical peels can be used to eliminate acne scars and to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

In the past chemical facial peels were always carried out by dermatologists but it is now possible to do them yourself at home. While the average price of a peel is about $120, this is an attractive option.

There are many types of chemical peels available but not all are suitable for home use. The acid strengths for home chemical peels is generally milder than those used by a dermatologist but they are well able to treat minor problems such as freckles, acne scars, or reducing wrinkles and fine lines and helps prevent premature aging.

The group of acids typically used for chemical peels are usually derived from plants and fruit. They are called alpha hydroxyl acids or AHAs for short.

Here are the most common types:

Glycolic Acid

This is derived from sugar cane and is one of the most popular acids used for at home chemical peels. It is commonly used to treat uneven skin tone and fine lines.

Lactic Acid

This is another type of AHA and is obtained from milk. Lactic acid peels will even out skin tone, reduce fine wrinkles and fade mild scars.

Salicylic acid

This is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) so is a little milder than its glycolic and lactic acids. It is derived from the bark of willow trees and another one of the acids used for superficial peels.

TCA or trichloroethanoic acid

This penetrates the skin a little deeper than AHAs and salicylic acid but is considered safe for home use, when used in concentrations of up to about 30%.

Which acid you choose for an at home chemical peel depends on the severity of your skin problems. Glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid are used for superficial peeling and TCA for a slightly deeper peel. In any case, your skin will take a few days to peel and then heal and there are some precautions you should take before and after a peel.  Click Here For More Information


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