We’ve all come across the horror stories and myths surrounding the apparent ‘harm’ that chemical peels can cause your skin. The truth is that chemical peels aren’t harmful for your skin at all. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Skin peels are an essential and effective addition to your skin care regimen that will leave your skin feeling fresh and new.
Whether you want to get rid of acne, excess oil, refresh your skin or treat some sort of skin pigmentation problem, there is a peel out there that is perfect for you.
First though, you need to understand what a chemical peel is, and what the process involves.
A chemical peel is not surgical or intrusive; it is merely the application of chemical solutions to the skin. The chemical exfoliates the dead skin cells and removes a layer off of the skin; peeling away the unwanted cells and exposing new, fresh cells that have grown underneath.
Chemical peels are highly effective when it comes to treating acne and blackhead problems, which are often aggravated by the layers of dead skin cells that end up on our face every day. The peels slough these layers off and allow new fresh skin to grow. This means that there is no dead skin for dirt to get into and block up your pores. Peels are also used for skin rejuvenation as they can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
So with the plethora of different peels available, how do you decide which one is the correct one for you? Well, it all depends on your skin type, what you want the peel to do and the results which you expect.
There are three chemical peels to choose from depending on your skin type and the purpose of the peel:
The most common peeling agents in superficial peels are Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid but there may be some other simple, fruit enzyme based chemicals that are just as gentle.
The lunchtime peel is the softest of all chemical peels and is mainly used to treat problems that are associated with slight skin discolouration or rough skin. The chemicals are only on the skin long enough to pierce the epidermis, or outside layer of the skin. The procedure normally only takes around 15 minutes, and is perfect for people looking for a quick and easy solution.
The medium peel is a step up from the lunchtime peel and the ingredients that make up the peel are usually TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid). Medium peels are left on the skin a bit longer and are an effective way to begin the treatment of acne and skin pigmentation. Additionally, it can be used to smoothen out fine lines, age spots, wrinkles and freckles.
The peel is allowed to enter the outer and middle layers of the skin, and although the peel is deeper than superficial peels, there is very little recovery time needed. The dead skin usually comes off about a week after treatment and reveals new, fresh skin underneath.
The deep peel is the highest level of all the peels and it penetrates into the middle layer of skin to help treat blotchiness, deep scars, course wrinkles and pronounced acne scars. Only one treatment of the deep peel is needed, however recovery time is a lot longer than the previous two peels and the results are often quite dramatic.