Facial peels, or chemical peels, have become increasingly popular in regards to how much they can improve the skin’s overall appearance.
But what exactly is a facial peel? And which one is best for me?
What is a chemical skin peel? //
- A chemical peel is a facial treatment in which a chemical solution (usually an acid) is applied to the skin. As a result, the skin is ‘damaged’, which will cause the skin to peel-off. The new skin, underneath, should feel smoother with a decrease in fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
What are the different types of facial peels? //
Facial peels are defined by the depth of damage they produce on the skin.
- Superficial Peels: do not damage the skin below the top layer of the skin (epidermis).
i.e. AHA Peels (include Enzyme Peels (fruit acids) and BHA Peels (include Glycolic Peels, Lactic Peels & Salicylic Peels)
- Medium Peels: may reach the top part of the deepest layer of the skin (dermis).
i.e. TCA Peels
- Deep Peels: reach the deepest layer of skin (dermis).
i.e. Phenol Peels and TCA Peels (higher %).
What are the benefits of getting a facial peel? //
Facial peels have many benefits such as:
- Getting rid of imperfections on the face and neck (i.e. acne);
- Making wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, age spots and light scars less noticeable;
- Creating a more even skin tone and texture.
Which type of skin peel is best for someone who has never had one before? //
- Superficial peels are the best skin peel for first-timers. They are gentle-enough to not cause irritation or redness, but are still strong-enough to introduce the skin to peels, while having similar benefits to stronger chemical peels.
What are the possible side effects? //
- Depending on the strength and/or type of peel, the most common side effects for a superficial peel can include:
Clients should temporarily stay out of the sun as the skin is extra sensitive. Sunscreen should be worn daily and reapplied throughout the day.
- Superficial Facial Peels are suitable for every skin type, except those with very sensitive skin.
- Aveda Deep Exfoliation Radiance Facial:
- Includes Aveda’s Perfecting Plant Peel Thermal Masque;
- Superficial Skin Peel.
- Guinot Beauté Neuve Double Peeling Facial:
- Uses fruits acids to exfoliate the skin twice;
- Superficial Skin Peel (a little stronger than Aveda’s Plant Peel).
- Guinot Biological Peeling Gel:
- Gentle AHA exfoliant with green tea extract;
- Massage into skin until it becomes liquid, then rinse;
- Use once to twice a week.
Certified Esthetician and Skincare Specialist