Clearskincare - Selecting the right
at home skin peels for you
Skin peels are very beneficial for rejuvenating the skin and stimulating the growth of new skin cells. Skin peels promote even, controlled and accelerated exfoliation (shedding) of dead and damaged skin cells.
As we age, the skin of the neck and face begins to loosen and sag. It's texture changes and it can start to look weathered. Factors that contribute to this include sun exposure, poor diet, stress, smoking, drug abuse and underlying medical problems.
With age, fine lines develop around the eyes (crow's feet), laugh lines appear around the mouth and smile/pursing wrinkles (or smoker's lines) form in and around the upper and lower lips. Age-related skin changes may also include darker pigmentation - such as pigmented sun spots, melasma (brown patches), hyper-pigmentation and dyschromias (uneven discolouration of the skin), as well as scaly raised lesions such as solar kerartosis (thick, scaly or crusted patches of skin, generally caused by sun exposure), hyperkeratosis (a thickening of the outer layer of the skin due to excessive production of keratin) and seborrheic keratoses (benign skin growths common in people over 40 years of age).
Table 1: Selecting the right skin peels for you
Vitamin C Lactic Acid Salicylic Glycolic
Peel Peel Peel Peel
Hyperpigmentation (sun spots X X
& sun damage)
Wrinkles & fine lines X X X
Acne: all levels of breakouts X X
Oily skin X X
Loose or sagging skin X X X
Uneven skin texture X X
Enlarged pores X X
Stretch marks X
Mild to moderate Psorasis X
Vitamin C ascorbic acid skin peels, are the mildest of these skin peels and are an excellent intoduction to skin peeling for people who are a little nervous about using acid skin peels. There is minimal discomfort from pure Vitamin C skin peels and they can be reapplied weekly. Using pure Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) an anti oxidant that assists in the protection of your skin from free radical damage associated with everyday living, will reduce the appearance of age lines and smooth wrinkles. Suitable for all skin types, Vitamin C skin peels are also excellent as a weekly treatment for acne prone skins.
Lactic acid skin peels are a mild AHA acid that is derived from milk. A much weaker acid than glycolic acid, as an acid peel lactic acid is most commonly used for the removal of sun spots, hyperpigmentation, liver spots and other skin discolourations and is suitable for all skin types. Lactic acid skin peels are also recommended for the reduction of Rosacea as it is the mildest of the AHA peels.
Salicylic acid is derived from willow tree bark. Unlike lactic acid and glycolic acid, salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA). BHA's are oil soluble, as such they are mostly used to penetrate deep into the pores for the removal of oils that contribute to breakouts and acne. Salicylic acid skin peels is best used as a first step in a daily or weekly exfoliation process for breakout prone skin types, it will remove alll the oils from the skin, making it easier for and AHA such as glycolic acid to completely cleanse and exfoliate the skin. The one advantage tha salicylic acid skin peels have over lactic acid and glycolic acid is that they are self neutralising. As the salicylic acid solution evaporates, the acid itself neutalises.
Glycolic acid is a light to medium strength AHA that is derived from sugar cane. While it is a bit harsher than lactic acid, glycolic acid is a good "all-round" acid for the treatment of a variation of skin symptoms. Glycolic acid skin peels are used by cosmetic physicians and dermatologists to reduce wrinkles and lines, eliminate acne (all levels), smooth out skin texture, reduce skin discolouration (such as liver spots) and even skin tone. Glycolic acid also has the benefits of making your skin look smoother, fresher and more youthful. Glycolic acid has few disadvantages as it rarely causes excessive swelling, redness or peeling.
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