Chemical Peels at Home

Chemical Peeling is a process in which an acid solution is applied to the skin to exfoliate the outer dull layer, giving you a fresher and smoother skin. The treatment may help you get rid of blemishes on your face, neck, and hands. It is typically done in an outpatient surgical facility or an office-based procedure room. They are used to-

  • Improve the tone and texture of your skin,

  • Remove hyperpigmentation,

  • Fade age spots,

  • Improve the appearance of stretch marks,

  • Improve sun damaged skin,

  • Loosen blackheads,

  • Minimize pores,

  • Improve acne and acne scars,

  • Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging, and

  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth

Chemical Peeling at Home

Chemicals used in this process are very strong and much powerful, so one should never experiment with this treatment on their own. It is always better to undergo this treatment by a certified dermatologist. Many peels available online or in markets do not come with instructions. You will end up spending more money, in the long run, to repair the damage done. The skin needs to be cared properly before and after the peeling. Did you know that if you are prone to cold sores, then chemical peeling can cause a herpetic breakout or scarring over the treated and adjacent areas? So, these superficial peels will not be able to give you the results you would get from a professional. Your doctor performing chemical peel will discuss the history of your treatments or your current medications. He may also ask you to stop taking certain drugs and start taking some other medications to prepare your skin for peeling.

How to find the Right Chemical Peel for you?

Glycolic acid- It is derived from sugar cane and it has the smallest molecular structure of the AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) group. It can prominently improve the structure and stimulate collagen. It helps reduce your acne problem by keeping pores clear. Its exfoliating action stimulates skin cells to enhance turnover, which can give you newer, plumper and healthier complexion. It is also used to address problems such as fine lines and wrinkles. It is always recommended, to begin with a low concentration of 30% with a pH of 2-3.

Lactic Acid - It entails inherent properties which make it ideal for people with general hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tones. If you are undergoing peeling for the first time, then it works great for sensitive, normal, dry and oily skin. It contains licorice extract, which makes it an effective skin lightening additive. It is milder than glycolic acid and should not be used if you have milk allergies.

Salicylic Acid - It is oil soluble, which makes it perfect for oily or acne skin that requires deep pore cleansing. It is generally considered the mildest and can often effectively be used to treat blemishes, wrinkles, fine lines and scarring. However, you should always start with low-concentration that your skin will be able to tolerate. It penetrates the upper layers and should be used as a first step when using alpha hydroxy acid peels to remove oils from the skin. You should not use salicylic acid if you are allergic to aspirin.

Mandelic Acid - It belongs to an AHA group that adheres to the skin in order to exfoliate the dull and dead upper layer of the skin, eventually giving you new cell growth. As acid molecules in mandelic acid are larger than glycolic and lactic acid, so it is less irritating and penetrating. It is great to treat the inflammation that occurs with acne, repair sun damage, improve uneven skin tone and dark spots on face. It will not cause unwanted lightening of the skin in darker skin tones and will significantly improve your dull and sallow skin. Do not use if you have nut allergies.

TCA Peels - Trichloroacetic acid peels (TCA) are medium strength chemical peels used to even out skin texture, reduce fine lines and improve skin discoloration. They are considered much deeper than glycolic acid and lactic acid peels. It can be used to fade skin discoloration, anti-aging benefits and softening of acne scars. Results of TCA peels generally last around 6 months and may last longer when supplemented with lactic or glycolic acid.

Sun Protection

Skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun after a chemical peel. So, it is advised to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more every day. Always wear a hat or scarf to protect yourself from strong UV rays and avoid going out in the sun during the peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm.

It is really important to understand how the ingredients of peels may affect your skin, depending on your type and tone. Many people have reported irreparable damage to the skin, including hyperpigmentation or scarring after performing peels at home by themselves. So, it is best that these peels should only be performed by a skin care professional or dermatologist.

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