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Which Chemical Peel is Right for My Skin?

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It can be a headache sometimes to know the right chemical peel for your skin and yet it doesn’t have to be that way

There are about as many chemical peels as there are skin problems. But if you choose the correct chemical peel, then you should get the results you expect.

So, how would you go about finding the right chemical peel for your skin? First of all, you need to know your skin type. We have sensitive, dark and light, combination, oily and a myriad of other skin types.

Once you know which skin type you have, then choose a chemical peel suited that that type. Please see below some top options of chemical peel types.

Salicylic Acid – The discovery of this anti-inflammatory acid is credited to the Greeks and its worldwide usage means that it’s one of the most famous acids used for chemical peels. Basically, when applied to the skin this acid starts a controlled shedding of the epidermis and allows a fresh skin to grow after it. It is mostly used in superficial peels and able to fight acne at concentrations as low as 0.5- 2%. In low concentrates, this acid can be used on sensitive skin. Salicylic is a BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), which means it is oil soluble. This means it can penetrate into the skins natural oils and cut right ‘into’ the pore. Making it very effective to unclog pores and deal with acne and pores issues. Salicylic is used more often these days as it tends to cause less ‘break outs’ than its cousin AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids). Down time is 0 to 5 days depending on how strong you do it.

Lactic acid – Another incredibly popular acid first refined from sour milk. Lactic acid hydrates and moisturizes the skin and is much milder than others although not applicable on damaged skin or allergies. It is considered a AHA and is not ‘oil soluble’ It cannot get into the pores. Down time is usually non as they are very light peels.

Glycolic acid – The most commonly know skin peel acid and is a AHA. Glycolic acid is derived from citric fruits and is quite a medium peel. Glycolic peel has a reputation to cause breakouts so it’s not great for acne and pimple prone skin. Down time is 0 to 5 days depending on how strong you do

Trichloroacetic, phenol acid – These acids are very deep peels and have a longer down time, quite a few weeks. They should only ever be done under strict instruction and after care is important. They should only be used in cases that warrant deep peels, as skin should not be put under this type of heavy trauma unless necessary. You don’t want to irritate the skin this much unless needed. Meaning not for young skin. Or skin that has very little wrong with it.

Azelaic acid – Is another great acid that is suitable for sensitive skin – even skin that has eczema. Azelaic acid is used mainly to treat pigmentation. Not only does it work to lighten existing pigmentation, but also it has melanin inhibitors in it. This means it will stop new melanin from being formed. Melanin being what causes pigmentation. Down time is 0 to 5 days depending on how strong you do it.

Before you choose a chemical peel, you should know your skin type, allergies, medical history and of course how much downtime you can afford.

The last decision you need to make is whether to do a ‘salon peel’ or a ‘home peel’. Home peeling is very big these days due to its affordability and convenience. If you choose to do a peel at home then make sure you choose a supplier that ticks the below boxes:

  • Australian products – due to Australia’s strict health and safety guidelines
  • The products are well reviewed
  • Has a long history of success
  • Very thorough instructions that you can read through before you purchase – just so you are clear on what to
  • expect
  •  Have access to the company to have all your questions answered quickly before / during and after your peel

A website like for example has proven over time to tick all these boxes. With a great reputation that dates back to 2005.