Chemical peels are a great way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin if it is looking dull and blotchy. They can also help get rid of hyperpigmentation marks, acne scars, sun spots and even improve fine lines and wrinkles. It is important that you use the correct type of chemical peel for your skin's needs in order to get the results you want.
*Note: Chemical peels (even mild ones) should always be done by a professional. Incorrect use of peels can lead to burns and scarring.
Mandelic Acid Peel: The lightest type of AHA peels, derived from the bitter almond nut. This peel is good for those new to peels as it is very gentle and unirritating. It gently exfoliates the outermost layers of dead skin cells with little to no downtime. It also helps improve the appearance of sun damage and evens out wrinkles.
Good for: darker skin tones, acne prone skin, rosacea
Lactic Acid Peel: A slightly stronger AHA peel derived from milk. It is also considered a light peel, good for first time users and quick recovery. Lactic acid peels are particularly good for hyperpigmentation and dark marks. It also smooths skin, gives it a great glow and improves the appearance of light wrinkles.
Good for: skin that marks easily, acne prone skin, sensitive skin
Glycolic Acid Peel: The strongest type of AHA peel, though still considered a light (lunchtime) peel. It is good for fading acne marks and other dark spots. It also helps with blackheads and clogged pores, smooths rough skin and fades light wrinkles
Good for: sensitive skin, clogged pores, aging skin
Salicylic Acid Peel: Type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) peel. A slightly deeper peel than the AHA's. It is great for oily and acne prone skin, helps to unclog pores and still requires little to no downtime.
Good for: oily skin, acne prone skin, clogged pores
Enzyme Peel: An acid free peel made from fruits. It exfoliates the skin more gently than acid-type peels. It is a very light peel with no downtime.
Good for: sensitive skin, those with few skin problems
Jessner's Peel: An alcohol based peel typically made of a combination of lactic acid, sacilyic acid and recorcinol. It is usually used for oily acne prone skin. It is stronger than AHA, BHA or Enzyme peels. When used the skin will frost and physically peel, and requires about a week of downtime.
Good for: oily skin, acne prone skin, cystic acne
TCA Peel: The second strongest acid peel available. It is good for acne marks and hyperpigmentation and helps to repair sun damage. It can also improve the appearance of shallow acne scars and stretch marks as well as fine lines and wrinkles. This peel can be painful upon application and skin will peel very obviously. It requires 7-10 days of downtime.
Good for: tougher skin, shallow acne scars, stubborn marks
Phenol Peel: An extremely deep chemical peel, one of the strongest available. It reduces wrinkles, removes freckles and growths, improves superficial acne scars and fades hyperpigmentation and skin discolorations. This peel is very strong, local anesthetic is needed during application and pain medicine is perscribed for post-procedure. Skin turns red and swollen, it will ooze and crust until finally turning brown and flaking off. It will take at least one month to recover and skin will remain red 2-3 months post-peel. It is not recommended for darker skin as irregular skin lightening will occur.
Good for: extreme cases of scarring and discoloration, very light skin tones, those with longer recovery time available