There are many skin care treatments available to help your skin rejuvenate such as microcurrent and LED treatments. Chemical peels are also a popular choice for skin care treatment. It is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure used for treating skin conditions like acne, abnormal skin pigmentation, fine lines, and revitalizing skin.
Chemicals peel treatment entails applying the chemical solution on the skin to exfoliate the outer layer to reveal a new and fresher looking skin. The treatment varies in type and strength. The chemical peel treatment that would apply to you would depend on what you want to achieve and on your skin condition.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) peel, is considered to be one of the mildest skin peel treatments out there. This is the perfect treatment for people with sensitive skin or having skin peel treatment for the first time. Best for reducing fine lines, treat sun damaged and dry skin, acne, and even out skin tone.
Alpha hydroxy acids are naturally found in foods. Lactic acid, for example, is found in sour milk, while citric acid is found in citrus fruits. The most of common type of AHA and is easily absorbed by the skin is the glycolic acid which is found in sugar cane. AHA treatment exfoliates and helps skin cell regenerate resulting in smoother skin, added luster, and less pigmentation.
Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), also known as salicylic acid, is a naturally occurring hormone and found in vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Salicylic acid is commonly derived from willow bark. BHA is best for dry to oily skin, especially for skin that is prone to acne, rosacea, and milia. It helps treat blackheads and whiteheads and normalize the lining of the skin pores. BHA is also suitable for people with dark skin tone needing help in correcting age spots and hyperpigmentation.
BHA can penetrate deeper into the pores and has anti-inflammatory properties. This helps dissolve oil and unclog the pores thus preventing acne without causing much irritation on the skin.
Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA) naturally occurs in the body. PHA is the latest chemical exfoliant available for skin care and gluconolactone is its active ingredient. PHA is perfect for people with sensitive skin type and those with dry and itchy skin conditions including rosacea and atopic dermatitis.
Because PHA has larger molecular size than AHA, it is absorbed much slower thus it gently removes dead skin cells without disturbing the deeper layer of the skin. PHA attracts moisture as well, so it helps keep skin hydrated and moisturized. Its anti-inflammatory properties help minimize irritation, burning sensation, redness, and swelling. PHA also fights glycation, a natural chemical process associated with skin aging. Its antioxidants stimulate skin repair and growth.
Trichloroacetic acid is a non-toxic chemical that is used in medium peels and one of the strongest chemical peels available. TCA works deeper into the skin and produces longer-lasting results compared to superficial peels such as those using AHA. TCAs are best for those with darker skin tone and preferred in treating melasma.
TCA results in peeling for a period of up to seven days, reducing fine lines and revealing smoother and even skin tone. TCA though requires longer downtime and is usually performed over the course of two to three sessions.
Chemical peel treatments are relatively safe and one of the best skin care options out there. But before you head out to a salon, it is imperative that you seek proper consultation with your doctor or dermatologist. This ensures that your skin is properly assessed, you are educated on the risks involved, post-treatment effects, and the aftercare.