Doing Chemical Peels at Home

What’s a chemical peel? Well, a chemical peel a procedure that involves exfoliating your skin with different acids. While it sounds kind of scary, it’s actually pretty safe and easy procedure that can be done at home. There is a number of different chemical solutions on the market right now. Many people wonder which one of them to try. Most of them do pretty much the same thing, however, it is best to pick one based on how aggressive you want to be with the actual “peel”




Doing Chemical Peels at Home





There are superficial peels, medium peels, and deep peels. While the first two can be done at home, deep chemical peels should only be performed at physician’s office because it is a very serious procedure that strips your a lot of skin. For deep peel, most used solutions are phenol and high concentration trichloroacetic acid (50%). Superficial chemical peels are most commonly used peels at home. They usually included fruit acids (AHA) and salicylic acid (BHA). The most common fruit acids are lactic acid, glycolic acid and mandelic acid. Medium peels usually use lower concentration trichloroacetic acid (TCA peel) and Jessner’s Solution (combination peel).







Glycolic Acid 70% Chemical Peel


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What do chemical do for your skin? Lots)))) Chemical peels treat hyperpigmentaion, small wrinkles, sun spots, melasma, acne, small scars. Sounds pretty good, right? Yes, it does))). So which chemical peels is good to start with? You can’t go wrong with fruit acids. The most common peel solution is glycolic acid. For a superficial peel, it’s best to pick solutions with 25% to 70% concentration. Anything less 25% is not very effective as a peel. However, you can still use 5%-10% glycolic acid for your daily skin care use to keep acne down. Superficial peels should be done once every 7-10 days for a total of 5-6 peels. If you have a very sensitive skin, you can do them every 2 weeks. However, don’t expect results after only one peel. If you have acne, than instead of glycolic acid, you should try salicylic peel. It is a lot more effective when it comes treating oily acne prone skin due to the fact that salicylic acid is lipid soluble.




If you want more rapid results, you could try medium peels. But, you should still try superficial peel first in order to see how your skin reacts to acids. Medium peels such as TCA peel and Jessner’s Peel are usually done once every 1-3 months. However, you will see a considerable result after the very first peel. Most common concentrations for TCA peel are 15% and 25%. Obviously, TCA 25% peel is much stronger and should be done only once every 3 months. Jessner’s Peel comes in “regular” and “modified”. Modified Jessner’s Peel contains some trichloroacetic acid in addition to lactic acid, salicylic acid, and Resorcinol  .







 TCA 15% Chemical Peel


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What do you need for a home chemical peel beside the actual solution? You well need a small brush, baking soda, and moisturizer with sunscreen. The brush is used to apply the chemical peel solution to your face. Baking soda is needed to neutralize the acid and bring your skin pH back to normal levels. A regular grocery store baking soda would work (a few table spoons in a 250-500 mls of water). Moisturizer with sunscreen will be used afterward in order to keep your skin from sun damage.









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The Home Chemical Peel Instructions




Prepare a neutralizing solution with 2 tbsp of baking soda and 1 cup of water in a small bowl.  This solution will be used to deactivate the peel. 

Clean your skin thoroughly and rinse well.

Wipe rubbing alcohol over your face to remove all oil. Allow to air dry.

Apply a thick and even layer of chemical peel solution with a small brush. Leave a 2mm margin between the edge of your eyes and the peel. 


Allow the peel to remain on your skin for 2-10 minutes, depending on your tolerance.  You can fan your face or use a blow-dryer on cool setting.  For the first time users, do not leave it on for more than 1 minute.

Wash your face with the prepared baking soda solution in order to neutralize the peel.

Rinse your face with cool water and gently pat it dry.  You should feel no stinging at this point.  Stinging indicates that the product is still active on your skin, and this can result in a burn. 

Apply you typical moisturizer as usual.  When going out, avoid too much sun exposure and wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.

Your face may be a slightly red for a day after the peel, but this will quickly fade and you will see the results develop over the next 7 days as the skin sheds off. 







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