At-Home Chemical Peels Explained.
Are you having skin problems like scars, sun damage, wrinkles, etc.? Do you want new skin that is smoother and looks youthful? If so, then you probably need a chemical peel. Chemical peels involve the use of a chemical solution on the skin. This solution peels off the skin causing new skin to grow. The new skin would mostly be free of problems, smoother, and more youthful looking. For mild problems, a light chemical peel needs to be used.
Using at-home chemical peels
You must know that at-home chemical peels are suitable only if you are using light chemical peels for mild skin problems. For more severe problems, you need to visit a doctor. You must first consult a dermatologist before using at-home chemical peels.
1) The Chemicals used
- Some of the common chemical solution products used include:
- Enzyme peels that uses natural ingredients and useful for those who have sensitive skin.
- Mandelic acid is helpful in managing acne and hyperpigmentation.
- Salicylic acid is the best product for acne and is also used for sun damage, freckles, and warts.
- Lactic acid is a gentle chemical that hydrates and also treats skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation.
- Glycolic acid is a medium peel and is known to be strong and can cause side effects. It is good for treating acne scars.
2) Side effects
When you use light peels like salicylic acid or mandelic acid, there is unlikely to be side effects. Some redness maybe seen. Other chemicals that are stronger may cause redness and peeling of skin.
3) Using the chemical peel
Here are some tips to help you use an at-home chemical peel effectively:
- You must ideally start with a patch test. Apply a little solution to the wrist and wait for 48 hours. If there is no reaction, then you can go ahead and use on your face.
- Start with a light peel chemical like mandelic acid 7%. Apply it and leave it on for 90 seconds only. Do this for a week. After another week, increase the duration to one minute. In this way, increase its usage gradually until you retain the solution for five minutes.
- Start with 7% solution and then move on to 15% solution starting with 30 seconds and then gradually moving on to a maximum of 5 minutes.
- Use a dropper and a brush for applying the solution.
- Once you apply the peel, use baking soda to neutralize the peel.
- Ensure you avoid the eyes, lips, and the nose areas.
- After applying the peel, do not use products containing tretinoins, AHAs, BHAs, retinoids, or vitamin C serums.
- Use a gentle moisturizer to take care of the skin after using the peel.
- When you go out, use sunscreen without fail. The peel would have made your skin sensitive so you need to protect it from the sun.
- Choose the right product and talk to a qualified doctor before you start. Remember that if you use the wrong product, you can end up being scarred for life.
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Samira is a Middle-Eastern beauty expert passionate about skincare and makeup. Samira lived in different Arabic countries and worked in some of the most prestigious beauty centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. That is how Samira acquired most of her knowledge about beauty and the Arabic skincare rituals.