My Experience With Chemical Peels
I have been doing chemical peels on my face and neck (and even arms & legs, occasionally) every 4-8 weeks for about 3-4 years. The results for me have been predictably wonderful. I have tried superficial, mild peels and VERY aggressive peels that had me hiding from the sun for a week. With most of the peels I’ve had a period of flaking and peeling and then great looking skin following the week after. But, over time my skin has continuously improved, peel after peel, as long as I keep doing them. Chemical peels show almost immediate improvement and also more improvement over time if you do them on a regular basis.
It’s important to start with mild peels and work up to more aggressive peels. This allows your skin to build a tolerance to more aggressive peels and see what your skin can take.
What Are They? How Do They Work?
A chemical peel is where a type of mild acid is applied to the skin and this removes the more outer layer of the skin which initiates a collagen building healing response from the body.
Typically the face is cleansed and a primer is applied. The next step is to apply the chemical peel, usually in 1-2 layers. After the chemical peel has been neutralized or has neutralized itself, then a healing balm such as Aquaphor or equivalent can be applied to protect the skin, keep it hydrated while it heals. Peeling or flaking usually occurs within 2-5 days post peel. The neck area takes longer to start flaking or peeling (on average 7-10 days).
Where To Get Them Done
I would recommend using a dermatologist or medical spa for a chemical peel treatment. However, I eventually realized that I could do my own chemical peels at home. (do at your own risk, you can severely burn your skin if you use a strong chemical peel incorrectly)
Types of Peels: (Not a comprehensive list, just the most common)
If you are going to do chemical peels at home, some mild peels to start with are:
For a more advanced/aggressive peel:
TCA (at your own risk)
I personally use TCA peels and do them monthly.
Where Can I Purchase Peels To Do At Home With Full Instructions?
I purchase my peels from:
Platinumskincare.com (this is not a promotion or incentivized link)
So far I have had great experiences with their peels. Make sure to follow instructions for each peel and start with a test area on your skin.
Chemical peels can improve the color, tone, texture and clarity of skin. They also help even out skin tone and reduce discoloration and dark spots. They can clear up breakouts and acne. They can also minimize fine lines and wrinkles. They also minimize the appearance of superficial scars. They also allow skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin by removing the dead skin from the surface that acts as a barrier.
Properly done, chemical peels are generally very safe. However, in the wrong hands or when done incorrectly or in too strong of a strength, they can be very damaging to the skin. They can even result in scarring or discoloration (a peel too strong for the skin, incorrectly applied or some kind of unusual reaction) Redness and peeling is a normal side effect.
“Chemical peeling is a popular, relatively inexpensive, and generally safe method for treatment of some skin disorders and to refresh and rejuvenate skin.”
“The GA peel has proven to be efficacious through the years. Combining the GA peel with other treatment modalities may become more common in future. However, the GA peel is here to stay, as it is a simple, evidence-based, result-oriented, and cost-effective procedure.”
“Chemical peels are safe for people with darker skin, result in few side effects and complications”
Note: All information in this report is based on studies and practices that are currently being used in the U.S. today and in no way is a guarantee that these practices will work best on your skin. I have found great success in using these two techniques on my own skin from home, but if you choose to do them yourself from home as well, know that you do so at your own risk. Be very careful, do small tests on your skin to start and follow the seller’s instructions very carefully.