What type of Chemical Peel should I get?
Chemical peels are necessary when you are ready to take your skin to the next level and combat pigmentation issues, aceneic skin, aging, dryness and dehydration. The 2 types of peels include Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA). How do you know which peel would best suit your skin care needs?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are known as fruit acids and are also found in suger cane and milk. Just to name a few would be Glycolic Acid (suger cane), Lactic Acid (milk), Malic Acid (apples and pears), Citric Acid (oranges and lemons). AHA’s unglues the bond that hold cells together which in turns promotes cell regeneration at a faster pace and allows increased hydration and moisture to the top layers of the skin. As the dead skin cells peel off, it reveals brighter skin, lighter pigmenation and improvemnt of wrinkles as it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s) on the other hand conists of Salicyclic acid which is derived from asprin and TCA (tricloracetic acid). BHA’s are oil soluble and has the ability to penetrate into the pore lining and exfoliate it from the inside out which makes it more effective for people that deal with excessive breakouts and oily skin. Because BHA’s are very strong, clients with darker skin complexions must be prepped and use lightening agents before this type of peel as it could cause an adverse effect and more pigmentation issues.
So to sum it all up… Peels are wonderful treatments to add to your facial regimen. They are best used in a series as you will most likely not see a major difference after 1. It ususally take 2-3 peels before you start to see noticeable results. Sometimes you may peel for several days while other times you may not. That does not mean it will work any less as the effects are still the same.
Still slumped as to what type of peel you should get?
* Glycolic peels are great for wrinkles
* Lactic peels are great for dry, dehydrated skin as it attracts moisture from the deeper layers of your skin
*Salicylic peels are great for Acne, blackheads, whiteheads and oily skin
*TCA is amazing for pigmentation and scarring issues.
As always, let your Esthetician or Dermatolgist go over the best treatment for you. Stay tuned for more posts and videos on Chemical Peels.