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 and 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 and damaged skin cells and encourage new, healthier skin cells to surface. used to treat fine lines, acne scars, sun damage, superficial scarring, uneven skin, and hyper pigmentation.
types of peels…
the most common types of chemical peels are AHAs and BHAs (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.
AHAs: are water-soluble and preferred for dry, damaged skin. increase collagen production and hold moisture to the skin. require little to no downtime.
· glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane). the most popular AHA. penetrates the deepest for repair.
· lactic acid (derived from milk). less irritating than glycolic. great for addressing rosacea and sensitive skin.
BHAs: are oil-soluble and preferred for oily, acne-prone skin. deeply penetrate to unclog pores. increase collagen production and are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. *can dry out the skin*
· salicylic acid (derived from willow tree bark). the only BHA peel available.
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.