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So, what are chemical peels?
They are a chemical solution or an acid that is spread over the skin approximately every one to two weeks. There are higher strength peels that must be managed by a qualified dermatologist. Estheticians, in spas and salons, use lower strength peels. At present, there is no proof that a single chemical will work better than another. They are all similar in their effectiveness.
Types of chemical peels used include glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, amino fruit acid among others.
Chemical peels have been in use for skin healing for thousands of years. Even Cleopatra would take baths with milk and honey. Milk contains lactic acid. Lactic acid is still used today to help with acne.
Another chemical that is used to help acne is acetic acid, which is found in apple cider vinegar. It’s something that can be used at home to cleanse and tone your skin.
AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which is naturally in sugar cane, is mostly used in a light peel. Glycolic acid and salicylic acid chemical peels fall into this category also. It is non-invasive and helps to remove dead skin cells and damaged skin, especially skin that has suffered sun damage. It also promotes regeneration and enhances skin texture. The light peels also help with acne scars. These particular treatments can be performed in a salon, spa, or at home.
TCA (trichloroacetic acid) provides more robust results for acne scars, smoothing out fine lines, the texture of the skin, and uneven skin tone. Medium peels are useful for any part of the body and are perfect for particular site treatments and don’t take a long time to complete. These procedures are required to take place in doctor’s offices.
These are Phenol peels, used for more severe acne scars and blotchiness. Only one application is needed, and they take a long time to heal. The results, however, last for years. Carbolic acid, used on the skin is a type of treatment that is used only on the face.
Recovery time for this procedure takes about a week due to the swelling that occurs afterward.
The peel takes away old dead skin cells and allows the new cells to take their place. Peels are very useful in acne healing at a much faster rate. It is also very helpful with the healing of old acne scars.
Some products for peels can only be obtained in a doctor’s office, at a spa, or salon. There are also products that can be made with apple cider vinegar or over the counter products used at home. Be aware that you cannot treat all types of acne with a chemical peel.
Depending on how severe your acne is and the type, there are many different options for chemical peels. Most people are very pleased with the results they get with them. To ensure that you get what is best for your circumstances, especially if you have severe acne problems, always consult a professional. You have the option of a dermatologist or esthetician. Be sure to research sources before committing to something important such as your skin.