deciding which chemical peel is right for your skin can be intimidating and confusing. while some peels will leave you on house arrest with red, flaking skin, other’s can have you out the door post-treatment looking better & brighter. so, if you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, allow us to break it down for you…

what is chemical peel?

a solution applied to the skin to facilitate the removal of dead & damaged skin cells, encouraging new, healthier skin cells to surface. they’re used to treat fine lines, acne scars, sun damage, uneven skin, and hyperpigmentation

types of peels…

the most common types of chemical peels are AHA’s and BHA’s (Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids). they come in different strengths and pH levels, which determines how deep the peel will penetrate. the lower the pH, the stronger the peel

AHA’s: are water-soluble and preferred for dry, damaged, and uneven complexions. they hold moisture to the skin and require little to no downtime. the most common AHA’s include:

· glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane) and penetrates the deepest for repair

· lactic acid (derived from milk) and less irritating than glycolic. great for addressing rosacea and sensitive skin

BHA’s: are oil-soluble, meaning they’re able to penetrate into pores. this characteristic makes them ideal for those with oily, acne-prone skin. they’re also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial

· salicylic acid (derived from willow tree bark). the only BHA peel available *can dry out the skin*

retail vs. professional…

while AHA and BHA products can be found at any retail store, the FDA enforces concentration guidelines for the safety of consumers, so if you’re looking for a deeper peel to target a specific issue, book with a professional and discuss your options