New Chemical Peels Deliver Big Results
Chemical peels have long been used by skincare professionals to resurface damaged skin, even out skin tone and texture, rejuvenate and tighten aging skin and more.
A chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of the skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands.
Classic Peeling Agents
Traditional chemical solutions, designed to provide superficial exfoliation and resurfacing, have long been proven to be effective – these include:
AHAs – alpha hydroxyl acids which are naturally occurring organic acids like glycolic acid (from sugar cane) or lactic acid (from milk) as well as fruit acids such as citric acid (from citrus), tartaric acid (from grapes) and malic acid (from apples). Alpha-hydroxy acids help separate dead skin from healthy skin. The results of an AHA peel tend to be mild. In fact, it might take multiple treatments to achieve your desired result, but it can be effective in smoothing skin and evening out skin tone. AHAs are also a popular treatment for acne and reducing acne scars.
Salicylic Acid – this is a beta hydroxyl acid derived from birch and wintergreen. Known as a low-risk acid designed to dry and exfoliate the skin, however, repeated applications in high strengths can provide toxic results.
TCA – Trichloroacetic Acid is effective in low strengths and can be used with other acids. Trichloroacetic acid peels are great for evening out skin tone and getting rid of imperfections, and, unlike AHA peels, they can get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.
Azelaic Acid – used as a lightening and exfoliating agent in strengths that do not exceed 15%.
Retinol – derived from Vitamin A, retinol stimulates the production of collagen and encourages healthy cell formation.
Jessner Acid – this is a combination of low acids, (salicylic, resorcinol and lactic acids) and is used as an effective exfoliating agent.
Acetic Acid – or commonly known as red wine vinegar. This natural exfoliating agent may not be as effective as other acids, but it is completely natural and comes with no risk.
New Generation Peeling Agents and Techniques
Recent advances in acid peels have resulted in a new generation of ‘designer’ peels that deliver superior results in skin rejuvenation, cell regeneration, smoothing and firming, brightening and lightening. Some ‘new’ peels are derived from new, non-irritating acids that are suitable for most skin types, while other new advances involve blending certain acids and layering treatments – all of which deliver excellent results:
Flower Acids – derived from the Hibiscus. While the Hibiscus flower is beautiful, it is also potent. A second generation AHA, the flower acids obtained from hibiscus chalices are even more moisturizing than lactic acid. A great rejuvenator for all skin types, this treatment delivers anti-inflammatory and healing properties, will stimulate collagen activity, improve skin tone, balance excess oil, and provide valuable antioxidant support for radiant skin and lasting results.
Blending Traditional Acids – by blending retinol with peptides, your skincare professional can stimulate cell regeneration, reduce fine lines, minimize uneven pigmentation, tone and tighten then skin.
Blending Flower Acids with Traditional Acids – Superior and more advanced results are being achieved by blending new flower acids – hibiscus and lotus roots – with the retinol and peptides to produce very specific results, yet unseen with traditional peels.
Layering techniques – your skincare professional can create a ‘designer’ treatment by blending and layering active ingredients along with technologies designed to stimulate the effect of active ingredients to enhance the outcome. This type of technique requires extensive knowledge and advanced education – so make sure your skincare professional not only knows about the latest in skin rejuvenating peels, but is practiced and educated as to their use and application.
Finding someone who is practicing the latest peel techniques and using ‘new’ acids will result in a younger looking you!