If the Peel Fits, Use it! How to Pick the Right At-Home Chemical Peel

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when selecting the right peel. Here’s exactly what you should know before purchasing any at-home chemical peel.

By: Kathleen Dean

How would you like to easily improve your skin’s health and appearance while reversing the hands of time?

At-home chemical peels are just the way to improve the skin’s texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and diminish acne and discoloration. Yet, with the variety of peels on the market—plus the variations of acidity percentages and pH levels—it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when selecting the right peel.

What happens too often is that many consumers choose peels that are either too strong or not strong enough. And, when it’s the wrong peel… it shows (sunburn-like reaction). Don’t fall victim to the wrong chemical peel. There is a peel out there for you that can be applied at-home safely without the supervision of an esthetician. So many men and women have found affordable, effective at home peels. Now, you can do the same without playing “Russian Roulette” with your skin.

Here’s exactly what you should know before purchasing any at-home chemical peel…

Know Your Peels

There are many kinds of chemical peels for all types of skin. The following peels are the most common at-home chemical peels and ingredients…

•    Lactic Acids (Alpha Hydroxy): The ideal peel for the beginner and suitable for all skin types. Lactic Acid peels derive from milk and penetrate the epidermis only–they do not pentrate any other layers.

•    Glycolic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy): A good all-around acid for normal to oily skin types. Harsher than lactic acids, this peel penetrates the epidermis while exfoliating the skin.

•    Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy): This peel is oil soluble, making these acids perfect for oily skin that needs deep pore cleansing and loosening of blackheads. A betahydroxy, this acid penetrates the upper layers of the epidermis only.

•    Trichloreacetic Acid (TCA): TCA is a deeper peeling class of acids used for acne, lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and scarring. This peel penetrates the epidermis into the upper layers of the dermis producing a more effective peeling experience. Note that no matter how deep the peel penetrates, the skin will heal and return to normal. Always begin with a low strength peel for this particular acid.

•    Non Acid Enzyme Peel: An all-natural enzyme peel that safely dissolve surface skin debris leaving the skin feeling soft, cleansed and refreshed. These peels are safe for all skin types.

•    Revitalization Peel (Jessner’s Type): This is a drying peel best suited for oily and acneic skin types. Containing both alpha and beta hydroxies, along with resorcinol, this peel penetrates more deeply than an alpha or beta peel, but less deeply than a TCA. Not recommended for sensitive or dry skin.

What Do pH Levels Mean?

The pH level refers to the level of acidity or alkalinity within the peel. The lower the pH level, the more acidic and stronger the peel. The pH scale runs from 0 (most acidic) to 14 (very alkaline). Use caution with products that contain lower acidity levels, as these products are very strong

What Will Happen Following the Peel?

The effects of chemical peels vary depending on the type of peel. Many people fear excessive redness or literal “peeling” of the skin after using a peel.  Here’s what to expect following the multiple types of peels:

•    Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels—temporary redness for 1 – 2 hours
•    Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels—temporary redness for 1 – 2 hours
•    TCA Peels—redness followed by the skin turning a brown coloration and visible peeling for up to 10 days. The degree to which these visible symptoms appear depends on the strength of the peel.
•    Jessner Peels—redness and peeling for several days
•    Enzyme Peels—temporary pink coloration for 30 – 45 minutes

At-home chemical peels are one of the most affordable methods to improve the skin and fight aging. Now, you can achieve lasting and noticeable results with a chemical peel that truly “fits” your skin.

About the Author:
Kathleen Dean is a licensed Esthetician and Emmy Award Winning Television Makeup Artist. Since 1997, Makeup Artist’s Choice (MUAC) has provided women and men of all ages the skincare and makeup necessary to achieve flawless faces. MUAC takes pride in the wide variety of products for all skin types and believes that beauty can last a lifetime.

To view her website and anti-aging products, including chemical peels, visit www.makeupartistschoice.com or click here now.

Photo:  RahelSharon