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What Is A Chemical Peel?
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What is a Chemical Peel?

Used as an effective at home beauty treatment, a chemical peel can help to improve the look of your skin. Performing a chemical peel at home is an easy and cost effective skin treatment. When considering an at home chemical peel, you should know the following:

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel involves the application of a mild acid applied topically to your face on a daily basis, for a specific amount of time. The acid that is applied will either be an alypha- hydroxy acid, beta- hydroxy acid or phenol. The first two acids are found naturally in fruits or in the bark of willow trees. They are converted into a sugar and upon oxidation become acidic. Phenol acid is mainly synthetic, but may have natural compounds combined within it. The more Phenol acid, the stronger the peel. You will want to look for at home chemical peels that contain a minimum amount of Phenol acid as the stronger chemical peels should be performed by a dermatologist.

Are chemical peels safe?

Yes, chemical peels are safe if performed properly, according to the instructions provided by the product’s manufacturer. Chemical peels approved for at home use are surface peeling treatments that are used for cosmetic purposes. Used as a beauty treatment, a chemical peel will help to improve the outer layer of your skin and the chemical peel treatment will not penetrate deeper than the epidermis skin layer. Considered only a surface peeling, the chemical peel should not cause the skin to break, bleed, scar or blister. Chemical Peels are safe for all skin types and for both men and women.

It should be noted that chemical peels should not be performed while pregnant or breast feeding, if you are allergic to aspirin, or if you have a medical history of fever blisters, as chemical peels have been known to stimulate fever blisters. Again, when performing a chemical peel at home, all directions for use should be closely followed. Instructions for chemical peels performed at home will include the step to perform a “patch test”, which involves applying the cream to a limited test area of skin to make sure no allergic reaction occurs. All parties should complete the patch test; regardless if your skin has never reacted negatively to skin care products before. The patch test should be performed prior to applying a full treatment to your face.

What can I expect from a chemical peel?

A chemical peel performed at home will typically be a six-day process. There are different chemical peel strengths and the type of strength you will purchase will determine the depth of the treatment. A chemical peel will improve your skin’s appearance and skin texture. The chemical peel will remove the outer skin layer as it peels, taking with it damaged, dead, aged skin cells. You can expect a chemical peel to help: remove acne scarring, acne blemishes, age spots, and fine lines and remove hyperpigmentation.

A chemical peel will not:

A chemical peel will not darken or lighten your skin. However, It will help to return your skin to its natural skin tone and will help to even out dark spots. The chemical peel will not lift the skin, and will not substitute a face lift. The chemical peel results will not be permanent and proper skin care maintenance is suggested after completing a chemical peel at home. Most companies offering chemical peels for use at home will provide after care kits or products for purchase that will help to maintain the results of the chemical peel. Additional chemical peels may be needed to improve your appearance, over time, as your skin continues to age.

An at home chemical peel is a safe and effective skin treatment. A chemical peel offers many benefits for your skin and will help to improve a variety of skin issues. Chemical peels are purchased online or over the counter. An at home chemical peel is a great option when your are considering a safe, fast improvement to your skin's appearance.


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