Chemical Peels

24 Nov

Inspired by the scent of pumpkins that reminded us of the holidays, we’ve decided to try a deliciously smelling (the package says you’ll want to eat it, but don’t) facial mask to celebrate the coming holiday.  PeterThomasRoth has a Pumpkin Enzyme Peel that will remove dead skin, and also leave your skin feeling softer, smoother, and younger.

And while trying this holiday scented peel and discussing the topic of facial peels, different questions came up: what types of masks are out there, what do they do to your skin, and who is it right for? So, our skincare experts decided to dive into the topic to share our knowledge with you and help you pick out what is best for your skin.

To Peel or Not to Peel?

Skincare problems such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, age spots, and breakouts continually haunt our everyday lives.  When you don’t feel it quite necessary to go under the knife, there are alternatives that cause no pain and can give you similar results.

Welcome to the world of Chemical Peels!

The first thing you need to know is the peel vocabulary, one word, ACIDS!  They come in many different forms.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peels- there are 5 main AHA’s commonly used in peels.

  • Citric-(citrus-derived) lemons, oranges, limes and pineapples
  • Glycolic-(derived from sugar cane) from sugar cane
  • Lactic-(derived from milk) derived from either sour milk or bilberries
  • Malic-(derived from apples) extracts of apples
  • Tartaric-(derived from grapes) derived from grape extract

The first thing you need to do when shopping for an AHA peel is to really identify what the main concern with your skin is.

For dry, sensitive skin try a citric acid peel.  This type of peel is mild and many times is used as a booster to glycolic peels. The acid is used in various cleansers, exfoliators, or peels.  Try PeterThomasRoth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel.

For normal, combination skin a glycolic peel can offer the highest level of exfoliation sold over the counter.  There are different percentages of acid to choose from.  These types of peels are good for exfoliating the superficial layer of skin and will also boost collagen production in the skin.  However, the higher level peels can cause irritation or redness.  Glycolic peels are great for breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and tone, and dry patches.  Try Clinique Turnaround Radiance Peel Once a Week System.

If you are new to the world of peels and your main concern is those pesky dead skin cells and dullness, then try a lactic acid peel.  This type of peel is gentle because of the large molecules in it and takes longer to penetrate the epidermis layer of the skin; therefore, it causes less irritation.  A good system to try is Philosophy The Joy of Great Skin.

If acne and large pores are your main concern, try a Malic peel.  It is mildly invasive and will open up the pores to get rid of excess oil and reduce acne.  Try Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel.

Tartaric Acids are not generally used alone in peels but offer the same effects as the above mentioned AHA’s.  We recommend a mask treatment that includes this acid.  A great one to try is Caudalie Moisturizing Cream Mask for Face and Eyes.

Who knew there were so many kinds of acidic peels! Now that you’ve learned the basics, you can decide on what is best for your skin.

Leave us a comment and let us know…will you use a chemical peel or not? If you have, what were your results? We’d love to hear your stories!


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