Chemical peels are brimming with skin-loving benefits.
Prevents acne: Chemical peels help with acne because they lower the pH of the skin, making bacteria uncomfortable and unable to survive. Peels are suitable for most types of acne. They help remove the surface skin debris leading to a healthier complexion with less clogged pores.
Improves efficacy of other skincare products: Because peels remove the top layer of skin, it's able to help other products you put on your skin penetrate deeper. This is especially helpful if you're pimple-prone and are slathering on acne treatments.
Refines fine lines and wrinkles: A peel will help to remove dead skin that has settled into fine lines, making them less visible. A medium-depth peel will help the most with wrinkle refinement.
Reveals clearer, glowing skin: Chemical peels remove the flaky, dead skin cells from the face, leading to a compact stratum corneum that reflects a beautiful glow. In addition, there is a slight inflammatory component may occur, and this creates a collagen boost when healed.
If you are looking to replace the age-related dullness on your skin with brightness, a glycolic peel is likely your best bet. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to gently exfoliate the outer layer of the skin. It is one of the mildest peels, and is great for acne, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage on the skin. This type of peel is made from fruit acids (but can also be man-made) and they penetrate only the top layer of skin, sloughing off dead skin cells.
Have breakout-prone skin? Salicylic acid is a BHA that's effective at targeting the oil glands. This type of peel is great for someone with congested, acne-prone skin, as salicylic acid is oil-soluble so it penetrates deeply into your pores to clear congestion. It can also clear away oils that build up and cause comedones (aka whiteheads and blackheads). Plus, it has anti-inflammatory properties that can offer relief to inflamed breakouts.