Using Chemical Peels at Home: 5 Things You Should Know
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Using Chemical Peels at Home: 5 Things You Should Know

When simple spot treatments and blemish removers just don’t work you may want to consider using more advanced treatments like chemical peels.

Sure, there are risks associated with chemical peels.  However as quoted by Skinclinicpa.com when done the right way, the benefits far outweigh the risks. 

While professional peels are great for getting rid of acne scars and promoting fre    sher, brighter, skin–they can be very expensive, costing between $65 and $3000 per session.

Tips for Using Chemical Peels at Home

If you are on a tight budget, those costs are bit much. Fortunately, there are now chemical peels you can use and even make at home. But…before you rush to the nearest beauty shop or your kitchen, there are several things you need to know…

Chemical Peel Types and Ingredients

There are actually three types of peels, each using specific ingredients at different amounts

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to produce the desired result. They are as follow:

  • Superficial/Light Peel—this targets the outer layer of the skin and is aimed at reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. It uses the most gentle acids, namely, glycolic and salicylic acids, which you will often find in many facial and body washes as well as scrubs. This peel has a similar feel to exfoliation and may require several sessions to produce your desired result.
  • Medium Peel—going a bit deeper into the skin, this peel mostly uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA). This peel is preferred if you have a darker skin tone and want to treat superficial blemishes, pigmentation, and surface wrinkles.
  • Deep—this is the strongest type of peel and is used to treat a large variety of skin conditions, including coarse facial wrinkles, blotches from aging or sun exposure, and pre-cancerous growths. Using phenol, it takes more time to execute and heal.

Majority of at-home chemical peels are either superficial or medium. Deep peels, that use the strongest percentage of acids, are generally limited to in-office services since they require professional handling, tools, and after-care.

Over-the-Counter Peels vs. Homemade Peels

As mentioned earlier, you can actually make your own peels using materials that contain ingredients similar to those used in kits and clinics. Here are some examples of homemade peels:

  • AHA—glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid. By mixing sugar cane and yogurt, which are sources of glycolic and lactic acids, you can create a light peel.
  • BHA—salicylic acid is a form of beta hydroxyl acid. You can get a similar effect as from this acid by sprinkling lemon juice on an aspirin, crushing it, and baking soda dissolved in water.

On the other hand, you can purchase over-the-counter peels online that cost anywhere between $20 and $200. Although chemical peels purchased online are more expensive than homemade treatments on average, they are a better choice if you want to get better results in a shorter amount of time.

Potential Side Effects

Chemical peels have active ingredients that may irritate or potentially damage your skin. From the three previously mentioned peels (light and medium peels) if performed with care, generally produce minimal side effects that may include

  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • Crusting that subsides within a day or two

On the other hand, deep peels may be accompanied by flaking, pigmentation, infection, and even scarring. This is the reason why deep peels are offered only in clinics.

In addition to the irritation that chemical peels cause, your skin will also become more sensitive, so wearing sunscreen daily, with SPF 30 at the least, is a must.

A Few Precautions to Note

Although peels may work wonders for revitalizing the skin, they have to be used with caution. If you are currently experiencing the following, it will be best to avoid peels:

  • Active acne or broken skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Pregnancy
  • Extended sun exposure
  • Radiation treatments

End Result

Chemical peels are great skin care treatments that can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions that range from fine lines and wrinkles, acne scar treatment, and age spots.

However, if you are a first-time user, you will need to proceed with caution when using these types of products at home and have realistic goals.

With chemical peels, results will vary based on your skin tone, skin type, lifestyle, and other factors. If you are not getting the result you desire, then consider using a different peel or consulting with a professional.

Carefully assess your condition and consult and professional, if necessary, before making that purchase to ensure you will get nothing but positive results.  Good luck!

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