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What is the best skin peel for your age?

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It is a question that perhaps few people have taken into account while choosing face peels yet they then wonder why same said peels worked on Jackie and Linda and not them. Perhaps it would help to seek advice from a pro before making a choice- or perhaps more conveniently read through as we tackle one of the many variations that should be taken to account when choosing skin peel- Age.

You might know by now that chemical peels have varying degrees of intensity- across all three types. That intensity level will determine the effect of the chemical peel.

Skin peels have various recommendations, because the experts who make them know exactly how much of it the skin can take. The skin of a bubbly youth for example is made of much sterner stuff than that of a seventy year old, because the human skin tends to grow thinner as a person ages meaning there’s only so much resistance it may offer when up against a formidable peel.

In short, peels are designed mainly with skin thickness as a priority consideration so youths’ peels may not be very friendly to old adults.

Glycolic Acid (GA) peels have become popular among young adults (ages 17- 30) owing to its anti-aging and skin brightening properties. Additionally, Glycolic Acid is known to be relatively light. It is got from sugarcane as well as grapes and serves to fight acne. GA also exfoliates and hydrates the skin. It is usually packed in concentration of 6- 10% as superficial peels but this concentration can be increased even up to 70%, levels that qualify it for deep peels, which are very damaging to mature skin. The percentage level of concentration is thus very important to consider when determining the age of the skin. Low levels are always recommended- at least for the start, irrespective of skin maturity and concentrations above 10% must have a neutralizer to follow.

Determination: Folks older than 35 years of age, use concentrations between 6 and 10% but not more, unless advised and supervised by a consummate professional. People younger than 35 can use stronger concentrations of GA.

Another skin peel worth a look is the Salicylic Acid peel. Like the aforementioned Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid (SA) comes in different concentrations that determine its application. SA is used to oil breaking skin as well as skin exfoliation. It is also used against acne and at a very successful rate.

Because SA works by burning the skin’s top layer, mature skin- which is very thin- is not very good for it and as such is majorly applied on young adults whose skin can take it. Concentrations range between 10- 30% for most treatments. Young adults generate new skin layers every 28 days, so the skin burnt off by the peel will certainly be restored. Mature people on the other hand, while generating new skin, are not sure how long it would take for the new skin to develop.

Determination:  While this is not to say that mature skin must never have SA applied to eat, this is to say that SA is much more favourable to youthful skin (below 35) since they have thicker and healthier skin. Percentage to apply must be determined by a professional after checking your viability.

Lactic Acid, derived primarily from milk is also a popular skin peel which is friendly for many skin types- at the right percentage concentration. Best for especially dry and sensitive skin, lactic acid can be used to fight acne and aging among other benefits. Because it doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply as say- Glycolic Acid, we can say that LA is that little bit friendlier on mature skin. The similarities between LA and GA are very many so where the youths could use GA, the old folk could substitute it with LA of even over 5% for awesome results.

The above and many more peels may be applicable to all age groups but as you have likely noticed, the decider lies largely on the concentration of any of the above acids, as well as others not yet stated. To understand what is the best face peel for your age, it is worthwhile to check your skin type. Sensitive skin- as previously stated may need a different acid and/ or concentration of a particular acid as opposed to normal skin.

Most skin peels today come with mixtures of all possible acids in scientific efforts to use skin peels as solutions to some stubborn skin conditions like acne and skin breakage. In so doing, they tend to balance different acids into a single package. Superficial peels- which are the bulk of the face peels on the market today are the best consideration for mature skin.

Owing to low penetration into the skin, the thin skin on mature people gets to benefit fully from exfoliation and hydration properties while not risking prolonged skin breakage or cancer.

On the other hand, youthful skin can take in deeper penetration, such as medium or deep peels. The thick skin layer and quick skin turnover mean that the youthful skin can recover much faster from skin burn (most peels burn the skin literally) and even generate new skin.

In short, if you are 35 years and below, using medium or deep peels is an option you can consider- but with strict doctoral advise while if you are above 35 years of age, you might want to play safe and only deal with superficial peels, whose effects are rarely harmful.

Face peel products are coming out each day, but in the meantime, you need to understand the importance of age as regards application. Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acid have proven to be very friendly.

With all that said however, it is strongly advisable to seek professional help before buying Face peels as these peels have been known to cause blindness or even death.

Make safe choices. Cheers!