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What skin peel is best for me?

What skin peel is best for me?


Ever wondered what skin peel is best for you? There are many reasons why many people choose many types of skin peels, but not everyone knows the right skin peel for themselves, we are here to help.


In this guide, we will tackle every single reason why you might like a skin peel, and especially what skin peel would work best for you. It's a result of years of experience and something you might want to print out and hang in your living room.


The skin protects us from pathogens, and protects our bones, ligaments, and muscles. It follows then that skin must be jealously protected. Infections and any skin damages must be treated immediately and exposure to harmful situations should be avoided. Skin care, is an important aspect of our longevity.


In that sense therefore, it is no wonder that many people are increasingly taking an active interest in how their skin look. Skin peel routines have proven to be a good way to take care of skin. To avoid risks associated with inappropriately applied skin peels, we have taken the liberty to come up with this advisory database to help you make the best choices.


It is worth noting that before you apply skin peels, you know the type of your skin and have concrete reasons as to why you want the peel. There may be a want, or a need; either way, your priorities need to be clear.


The following are questions that you might want to ask yourself:


  • Do I want a skin peel, or do I need it

  • Why do I need/ want a skin peel

  • Where exactly do I want to apply a skin peel

  • What outcome do I expect from a skin peel

  • From where should I do the skin peel- home or clinic

  • What would be the cost of the skin peel

  • What skin peel is best for me

What skin peel is best for me

Your skin is a direct reflection of your health. Know your skin type. Phenol, the chemical used in deep peels is not good for black skin as it leaves reflections of bleaching. If you have black/ dark skin, you are best off applying superficial or medium peels that leave your skin natural looking.


If your skin is white/ light, you can use any of the three peels (superficial, medium or deep) depending on your skin problem, and severity.


What should I know before choosing a skin peel

As stated above, know the type of your skin. Some skin are sensitive to some peels and will cause negative effects if applied. Some skin can react with breakage if the wrong peel is applied, causing skin cancer, or any other infections.


Superficial peels, owing to their mild nature can be used on dark skin. The side effects are much less and the skin does not risk unnecessary irritation.


You should also know how long it has been since you contracted the condition that you night like to treat. The severity of the condition will determine how deep the peel needs to be.


Do I need expert advice before choosing a skin peel

Yes you do. While you may be familiar with your skin, you may misinterpret a skin condition and apply irrelevant treatment on it. It helps to talk to an expert on skin peels before you choose. This will help you to have realistic expectations as well as avert side effects, which can include skin cancer.


What are my options if I want to pick a skin peel

There are three major types of skin peels:


  • Superficial skin peels - A mild skin peel in which Glycolic acid is predominantly used to treat mild cases of sun exposure, mild wrinkles and fine lines on the face and mild acne scars among a few others. This is the peel of choice for dark and Asian skin types because it doesn't leave alternate color spots on the skin.

  • Medium skin peels - Here, Trichcloroacetic acid peels (TCA) are used to treat medium cases of acne, wrinkles and the rest. It is an upgrade on superficial peels and may be used- very sparsely on dark skin. Constant usage would produce a bleaching look on dark skin. As such, it is more suitable for light skin.

  • Deep peels - Where the chemical phenol is used penetrates the most layers of skin to treat severe sunburn, acne, and stubborn wrinkles. This procedure is a strict preserve for light skin and must not be used on dark or Asian skin.


How long do these peels last

Deep peels are known to last for even up to 20 years. The lasting impact of medium peels however, depend on regularity and it is recommended that the procedure be undergone 5- 6 times a year.


Superficial peels also require constant redo but owing to their light nature, it is possible to do it weekly. Application is as easy as showering.


What is the downtime to people undergoing any of the three skin peels

There is absolutely no downtime for people who undergo superficial skin peels. You get to go right back to whatever you were doing after it, no recovery time needed but the skin would need up to five days to complete the healing process. We have a fruit skin peel that can be applied fortnightly and leaves no downtime.


For medium peels, you will need between 5- 7 days to make a full recovery depending on skin sensitivity.

Deep peels will take much more, usually up to 7 weeks to recover, owing to their deep application.

Use proper and relevant skin care treatment to help boost recovery rate.


What should I expect during recovery

During your recovery, you might notice a slight redness on your skin. This is no reason to panic but is a healing procedure that best reflects the peel's activity. Avoid sun exposure as much as is humanly possible during this recovery period.


What should I avoid during recovery

Avoid letting the skin dry out, but keep it moist.

Avoid picking scabs as your skin heals, to avoid infection. Let the scabs fall off on their own.

Do not, under any circumstance rub or scratch the skin. The skin may itch during healing but apply a cold compress instead of scratching.


Is the procedure painful

The pain, contrary to popular belief is much less. Superficial peels are especially painless.


Can I get dark unwanted spots on my light skin after the peel

It is possible to get those dark spots. To avoid the likelihood, people of light skin need to prepare their skin for treatment by applying glycolic acid preparation to the skin to prevent this hyper pigmentation.


How can I determine the best peel strength for me

Prior to your treatment, an experienced aesthetician or relevant expert can take a look at your skin and determine its property before choosing skin peel strength most favorable for you.


What are the risks involved in using skin peels

Mostly, mild irritations can occur on the skin especially for superficial peels. Others would be scarring, redness, infection and discoloration with severity depending on type of peel or expertise in application.


Under what conditions must I avoid skin peels

Avoid skin peels if the peel site has severe infection or is broken, if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have used products with ascorbic acid inside 48hours prior to the peel.


How should I prepare for a skin peel

Use serums with retinol, Retina- A or Glycolic acid to on the skin two weeks prior to the skin peel to prepare the skin for best results. While it is not a guarantee against pigmentation issues, it certainly helps to reduce negative outcome after the peel.


What skin peel do I need to remove acne (blackheads/ whiteheads) on my skin

First, avoid situations (whenever possible) which aggravate the severity of the acne. For black/ dark and white/ light skin, use peels that are rich in salicylic acid as this acid is known to be lipophilic and able to penetrate into skin pores, cleaning off the acne and its scars.


Salicylic acid peels come in strengths of 20% and 30% depending on severity of the acne, 30% for stronger acne. Obagi Nu-Derm and blue peel is one such peel that can work on acne without severe side effects. Fruit enzyme peels, Vitamin A peels, Glyco Latic peels and Glycolic peels are all used to treat acne.


What peels would be useful to fight sunspots and burns

Use superficial peels for light spots and medium peels for more severe sunburns. It is very rare that you will need phenol to remove sunspots so stick to medium and especially superficial peels. We have a spot remover that you will find very helpful.


What is melanoma and what peel do I use to treat it

Melanoma is a common skin cancer that attacks the skin, usually from the back and torso. It can also start from the sole of a foot or palm of a person's hand. It can grow under fingernails or toenails.


Melanoma is a feared and deadly skin cancer but no worries, read on. While the jury is out on its treatment, studies have shown that regular superficial peel application to the skin reduces the risks of catching melanoma or other cancers.


Using peels alongside melanin inhibitors like institut' DERMed Intensive Brightening Serum will help to increase the exfoliation speed of dark spots on the skin, the kind of spots that can lead to or host melanoma.


What are the red swellings and itchiness on my skin

Those red swellings on your skin, which come along with itchiness on the skin are telltale signs of chilblains, a condition that is known to go away on its own. Please note that these swellings and itchy skin can also point to other, more serious conditions such as lupus so before you seek a solution, make sure it is for the right thing.


Chilblains can be treated naturally. You can peel garlic and apply it to the spot, or seek chemical peels that are rich in garlic.


What do silvery scales on my elbows and knees mean

Silvery scales covering thick red plaques on your skin is a common sign of Psoriasis, a condition that can also be found in the nails and anybody folds. Skin peels for this should be able to remove wrinkles and fine lines on the skin to reduce its habitats.


Psoriasis is an itchy condition which can be treated. Skin peels that contain mandelic acid and/ or glycolic acid can be used in mild procedure but severe cases call for better treatment. Medium peels can be used to treat severe Psoriasis because TCA, the acid used in medium procedure penetrate the skin more deeply and effectively.


What do the rashes on my skin mean

Rashes on the skin can mean anything. Chicken pox, measles, or shingles to mention but a few. A much more generalized term for rashes, red, dry or itchy skin is eczema and is a common phenomenon. Apply a superficial skin peel or medium skin peel for extremities. Particularly, ensure that chemical peels containing lactic acid and use multiple times until the eczema disappears. Be careful to avoid anything with Retin-A.


I am beset by dry skin, what skin peel should I use

Before you figure out what skin peel you could use, you might want to start by avoiding Abrasive and itchy clothing, harsh soaps, long and hot baths/ showers, windy, cold weather. Use moisturizing peels that will moist and oil your skin. Our legendary <a href=” Green Herb Skin Peel would be very useful. The Philosophy The Microdelivery Peptide/Vitamin C In-Home Peel can do this well for dry skin. For severe dry skin cases, please seek expert advice as it might be a symptom of a bigger problem. Do not apply skin peels on broken skin.


What skin peel do I need to use against ringworms

Ringworms are basically fungi that grow on the human skin. It's a condition that can be transferred through direct contact- even with infected pets.


Many skin peels have antifungal agents in them. Ensure that you get your hands on a skin peel that is known to have antifungal agents and apply it to the affected part. Clotrimazole anti-fungal cream is an example you might want to consider.


What skin peel can I use to treat vitiligo

Skin peels are not meant to treat vitiligo, do not attempt to use on it. Vitiligo is a condition where the body attacks its own skin cells. There are alternative therapies for this.


Is it okay to merge microdermabrasion with skin peels

Of course! Skin peel-microdermabrasion is the best possible combination for skin improvement in appearance. This routine should be followed for up to six weeks for best results.


Can I apply makeup after treatment

No, you cannot. Until the skin peels off properly, any applied cosmetics will damage any broken parts of the skin.


Can I perform skin peels from home

Yes, you can, but it is recommended- even obligated- that you do so at the counsel of a trained individual especially for medium and deep peels. The last thing you need is for things to go wrong; you really do not want that.


What skin peel chemicals are bad for me

All medically approved chemical peels are harmless to normal skin. You might be pleased to know that all active acids in chemical peels are natural! Lactic acid comes from sour milk, Glycolic acid from sugarcane and salicylic acid comes from wintergreen to mention but a few- all these are natural.


However, some peels cause irritation to sensitive skin. You might want to consult a doctor to advise you on the best peels for you after checking your skin.


Must I peel after applying skin peels

Not really! Especially for superficial peels, some individuals do not see physical peeling of their skin. It is important to note that depending on skin type, peeling may not be apparent to the naked eye, but exfoliation will take place and a cellular level that is not obvious to the naked eye. Usually, healthy skin is less visible than unhealthy skin. It is like taking medication; some people can feel drowsy after taking some medication, while others may not. Peeling then is not the ultimate sign of efficiency.


Can I work out during recovery

Unfortunately, you cannot. Even superficial peels can separate skin layers. Any activity that induces sweat can cause the sweat to lodge in between the layers. This can lead to blisters.


Can I expect the same outcomes every time I have a peel

No, you can't. Current conditions of the skin and humidity will determine the visibility of the skin exfoliation. So, that the second exfoliation might be more visible than the first does not mean that the second was better or that the first was a hoax. It just means the conditions were different at the time of either peel.


Who will perform the skin peel on me

An expert dermatologist will help you to choose a procedure and even carry it out. There are some peels, however, which you can do for yourself- under strict instructions of course- but these are usually light superficial peels.

Remember the expertise taken into applying the peel will go a long way in determining recovery time, downtime, and extent of any side effects.


What will I need to do a peel from home

Doing a peel from home will need some items:


  • You need a washcloth to remove any debris from the skin as you prepare it for the peel, a cleanser to remove oil from the skin and a cotton pad to apply the cleanser.

  • Make sure you are using the right peel for the right purpose.

  • You will need a timer to track the time you will need to leave the peel on.

  • Lots of water


After the peel, you will then need a moisturizer to help the skin in recovery and sunglasses to keep the healing skin from sunlight.


What natural peels are available

There are various fruits and milk products that can be used as natural peels that you can use for skin peeling. Most of these are likely in your fridge. Examples are; - Papaya, pineapple juice, apples, orange, buttermilk, blackberries, sour cream, grapefruit, yoghurt, raspberry, tomato, wine, berries, banana, cherries, aspirin, pears, willow bark extract, nectarines, lime, lemon, sugarcane sugar and sugar beets sugar. When you mash and mix these fruits with yoghurt or milk, you can apply and leave on your skin for between 15 to 25minutes for best results.


What would the natural peels treat

Natural peels will treat wrinkles and fine lines, anti- aging, blackheads, and oily skin. Papaya and Gelatin mixed together would treat enzyme papain; tomato, orange, lime and gelatin would improve the PH level of your skin; cucumber fights wrinkles, while pomegranate and lemon will deal with acne especially because it is crammed with very powerful anti-oxidants. Our herb based peels are an example of effective natural peels.


What should I know when using fruits or natural peels

Most fruits, such as orange, lemon and lime contain citric acid. Too much use of them might cause acid burns to the skin. There is a whole host of information detailing ingredients of the best peels.


Which parts of the skin can I apply the skin peel to

You can apply skin peels to all unbroken parts of your skin, but don't let peels into body openings like nostrils, earlobes or groin area. Keep peels away from wounds too, as it can lead to infections and deadly illnesses.


Is any biological information from me useful in determining the best peel for me

Yes it is. Tell the dermatologist or expert whose opinion you are seeking about any history you may have with skin peels, and skin sensitivity. Some people have skin type genetically passed on from their parents or grandparents skin that is sensitive. It is useful to tell the doctor all these for proper determination.


Do I need a second opinion

It is always safer to seek a second opinion from an expert to compare notes, unless you are working with a person with whom you have a historically successful skin peel relationship. Two opinions will help you to weigh the evidence and ultimately decide what you need to do.


Where can I get online advice

Skin peel advice is all over the internet. However, be careful with where you get your information. There are many websites more intent on selling products than keeping a good reputation. At, we have sections that are dedicated to advise you, please be encouraged to visit our FAQ section or testimonials for more.


By how much will skin peels set me back

Home peels are usually much cheaper and easier to perform than out of home peels. Costs can range from anywhere between a few dollars to hundreds of dollars depending on what you want. Your best bet should be those who offer money back guarantees in case the product does not turn out as advertised.


Fair advice

Please be advised, that determining the best skin peel for you should and must be the prerogative of an expert- a dermatologist or aesthetician. They can examine your skin, determine the conditions you have and help you to decide what would work best for you, and what you can realistically expect from the peel you choose. Peels that produce expected results are usually a result of great understanding between two parties.


It is important that you avoid risks associated with amateur skin peel application, ranging from chronic infections to even death at the very extreme.

The outcome of your procedure, downtime and recovery time are all determined by your skin type, weather conditions, skin peel applied, mode of application, skin protection after the peel (especially from the sun or other burns) and follow up procedures whenever recommended.

You can always contacts us for any more information.



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