Most people will experience peeling skin at some point in their life. Peeling skin can be an annoying, stubborn problem because it seems like no matter how much you moisturize, it won’t go away. Chemical peels offer an effective solution to troubling, peeling skin. And the best part is that you can have these treatments in the comfort of your own home.
What is peeling skin a sign of?
Peeling skin usually occurs as a sign of inflammation, dryness or irritation. Peeling skin can be caused by a number of different factors, like environment, vitamin B-3 deficiency or reaction to products. The most common cause of peeling skin is environmental factors. Both hot and cold weather can dehydrate your skin if the air is very dry. This causes the skin to flake and peels as a reaction to the lack of moisture in the air. Another common cause for skin peeling on the face is a reaction to certain face and skincare products. Products containing Vitamin A, or retinol, can cause skin purging. Vitamin A products increase cell turnover, meaning our skin speeds up its regeneration process. This can lead to skin peeling as your epidermis is shedding its old cells at a much quicker rate than usual.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a type of skin treatment that removes a layer of the epidermis to reveal fresh new skin underneath. A chemical face peel uses natural acids or enzymes to exfoliate the skin and clear away peeling, flaky, dead skin and unclog pores, leaving your skin refreshed and revitalised.
The amazing thing about chemical peels is that they’re beneficial for all skin types. For dry skin, chemical peels will get rid of dead skin cells, making flaky skin disappear giving you a glowing, even skin tone. For oily skin, chemical peels can help regulate acne, prevent breakouts and even reduce the appearance of blemishes and hyperpigmentation. People with mature skin will also reap the benefits of chemical peels which reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Types of chemical peels
There are a variety of chemical peels to choose from that range from light intensity to deep intensity. Chemical peels can be performed with an assortment of active ingredients including glycolic acid, retinol, lactic acid, vitamin c and salicylic acid amongst others.
A glycolic peel uses glycolic acid, a type of alpha-hydroxy acid, to brighten the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, even out the skin tone and give you smoother skin. This chemical peel is one of the best skin peels for all skin types as it addresses ageing concerns, exfoliates the face getting rid of flaking or dry skin and controls and reduces acne, acne scarring and pore size. Glycolic acid peels can vary in intensity but work excellently as a deep chemical peel making them one of the most popular choices to address skin concerns.
A retinol peel uses vitamin a which encourages cell turnover and stimulates collagen production. Retinol peels exfoliate the skin, unclog pores and leave your skin feeling clarified and youthful. Retinol peels are perfect for anyone suffering from acne as vitamin a clears away dead skin, preventing further breakouts while reducing inflammation and the appearance of acne scars thanks to its collagen production properties. Retinol peels are also an excellent choice for mature skin as the stimulation of collagen reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Retinol peels can be combined with an enzymatic peel in order to achieve amazing results.
Vitamin c peels are another choice that evens skin tone and minimalizes the appearance of hyperpigmentation, age spots and textured skin. Vitamin C’s antibacterial quality helps unclog pores and reduce re-infection for people suffering from acne. This light peel can be combined with another acid peel like glycolic acid to achieve more powerful long-lasting results.
Another AHA peel to consider is Lactic acid. This milder AHA is great for sensitive skin and can be found in products to use in your regular routine. This gentle acid can be used every two weeks in order to achieve long term benefits. Thanks to its moisturizing properties, Lactic acid peels are perfect for sensitive skin, however, typically more than one treatment is required in order to achieve visible results.
Salicylic acid peels are an excellent chemical peel for blackheads as the beta-hydroxy acid penetrates the deep layers of the epidermis and unclogs pores. This acid is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, preventing further breakouts or blackheads.
Is it normal for the skin to peel off? Is it good?
After a chemical skin peeling treatment, it is completely normal to see your skin peeling or flaking off. This process occurs as the chemical exfoliation of the face has broken the bonds between your old skin cells, allowing for new skin turnover. As this process takes place, your top skin layer is shed at a much faster rate than usual, leading to peeling or flaking. This process typically begins one or two days after your chemical peel treatment and can last for up to five days. During this time, it is critical that you avoid picking or pulling at your skin, no matter how tempting it may be! Instead, keep your skin hydrated and moisturized and let your skin naturally complete the treatment to achieve the best chemical peel results. If you prematurely pick your peeling skin, the process can be jeopardized, leaving you with redness, broken skin and even scarring.
If you don’t see any peeling or flaking after your treatment, don’t panic. Not everyone experiences skin peeling after a chemical skin peel and it doesn’t mean the treatment hasn’t worked. Rather, you may have been encouraging the skin to peel away while washing your face and skin peeling might not appear visibly on your skin despite the process occurring.
What are the most effective chemical peels?
The most effective chemical peels are glycolic and retinol peels as these treatments are the best at exfoliating the face through a deep chemical peel, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, scarring and hyperpigmentation. Retinol and glycolic peels promote the production of collagen, improving the skin’s elasticity promoting a healthy youthful glow and fast skin regeneration.
Two of the best retinol and glycolic chemical face peel treatments are the PCA Facial Peel and iS Clinical Facial Peel. These at-home face peels are provided by dermoi!’s certified aestheticians so you can be sure your skin is in the best hands during your chemical peel at home. The amazing benefit of having treatments is that with the elimination of travel, your face isn’t exposed to harsh sunlight or pollution after the treatment has taken place.
The PCA Facial Peel rejuvenates your skin through a unique process that combines a rejuvenating mask, enzyme peel, 10% Retinoid Advanced Booster with lymphatic drainage and galvanic technology, ultrasound stimulation and LED light therapy. This treatment is the best facial peel for hyperpigmentation and dry, rough or textured skin, as the combination of chemical exfoliation, lymphatic drainage and skincare technology instantly reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and clears away dry skin. Enzyme exfoliation first removes the dead skin and lessens signs of pigmentation. Next, the retinoid evens out skin tone and clears pores while stimulating important collagen production. Following the retinoid, lymphatic drainage boosts circulation which diminishes facial swelling or puffiness. Finally, galvanic technology, ultrasound stimulation, LED light therapy, and a vibrating massage promotes circulation and revives the skin giving it a healthy glow. This treatment is the best chemical peel for hyperpigmentation as the deep exfoliation and promotion of collagen production encourages cell renewal and repair, immediately diminishing the appearance of post-acne marks and scars.
An amazing chemical peel for ageing skin is the iS Clinical Facial Peel. This facial peel is designed to resurface and smooth your skin, and the chemical peel benefits are immediately visible as you’ll finish the treatment with a glowing, revived complexion. Glycolic acid and papaya and pineapple enzymes penetrate the epidermis to renew skin and clear pores. This process is also followed by lymphatic drainage to strengthen your facial muscles which lift your face. Next, galvanic technology, ultrasound stimulation, LED light therapy and a vibrating massage smooths outlines giving you a rejuvenated, youthful look. This treatment is also a great chemical peel for blackheads, as the chemical exfoliation regulates sebum production and deep cleans your pores. Enzyme exfoliation also allows hydration and antioxidants to reach the deeper levels of your epidermis making this another amazing chemical peel for remoisturizing your face and removing flaking or dry skin.
Do dermatologists recommend chemical peels?
Dermatologists recommend chemical peels to treat ageing, acne, hyperpigmentation and textured skin. These can be performed by a dermatologist or aesthetician and in some cases by yourself with mild at-home products like the Polish Cranberry Enzyme Mask which contains gentle lactic acid and exfoliating cranberry extract making it an excellent mild chemical exfoliant that can be used at home up to twice a week. For stronger treatments, you can receive chemical peels at home as all of dermoi!’s chemical peels are performed by aestheticians and are dermatological grade.
However, different treatments will suit different people, so it is always best to have a consultation before a chemical treatment as in rare cases, dermatologists advise against a chemical peel. If you have sensitive or sunburned skin, a chemical peel won’t achieve its desired effects and may cause further irritation to the skin. People with auto-immune diseases, aspirin allergies and vitiligo should also avoid chemical peels, as the chemicals can cause inflammation in people with these conditions. In addition, if you take Accutane, are pregnant or have active cold sores, a chemical peel may not be the right treatment for you.
Can I do a chemical peel at home?
Chemical peels can be performed at home and are best performed by vetted and certified aestheticians. This service is provided by dermoi! who design a chemical peel that suits your skin concerns and sensitivity. These treatments exfoliate and infuse your skin with rewarding vitamins that will help you achieve picture-perfect skin. These treatments include the PCA Facial peel, the iS Clinical Face Peel and the Osmosis Facial Peel. These treatments take around 60 minutes, with 45 minutes of product treatment followed by facial manipulation and skincare technology treatment, and 15 minutes of consultation and set up in your home. Downtime after the treatment can vary from 0 to 24 hours before beautiful results are seen. These treatments can be performed every two to four weeks to improve the overall look of your skin and maintain that fresh luminous look.
How long does a chemical peel last?
One or two days after your chemical peel your skin will be feeling completely renewed. The benefits of chemical peels are visible at this point with less intense chemical treatments, while stronger chemical peels can take up to a month before results are seen. During this healing process, your skin will be regenerating, improving uneven or textured skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or hyperpigmentation and leaving your face refreshed and rejuvenated.
How long these effects last differ depending on the intensity of your treatment. If you’ve had a light chemical peel, you can receive treatments once a month to sustain the youthful glow of post-peeling. With a medium chemical peel, your skin will feel revived for up to six months before you feel the need for another treatment. Deep chemical peels are usually performed on a one-off basis by a dermatologist or beautician to address serious skincare concerns and effects can last for years.
What are the side effects of skin peeling?
After a chemical peel, it is common to experience some redness as your skin has been exfoliated. Your skin may feel a little tight immediately after treatment, and your face may be sensitive for a few days after treatment. Avoid using products that exfoliate your face during the downtime period or skincare ingredients like retinol and vitamin c as they can irritate your renewed skin. To help the recovery process, use a gentle cleanser and moisturize your face. Remember to apply an SPF as your skin will be more sensitive to UV rays after having a chemical peel.
You should avoid exercising the day after your peel as excessive sweating can irritate your skin. To reduce the likelihood of these side effects, you should avoid products that contain AHAs, BHAs, retinoids or benzoyl peroxide a few days before your treatment. This is because these ingredients can cause dryness and irritation that would cause your skin sensitivity after your chemical peel. In addition, you should not wax or use the laser on your face a few days before the chemical treatment, and keep your skin hydrated before chemical exfoliation in order to see the best chemical peel results.
Author: Isabella Dockery