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Popular At Home Chemical Peel Products

Updated on June 27, 2010

Chemical facial peels are becoming a popular option for those who wish for younger, more even looking skin. Chemical peeling works by removing outer layers of skin and exposing healthier skin cells underneath, giving skin a more even complexion and a smoother texture. Chemical peels can be used to treat acne or uneven skin pigmentation, and can even remove precancerous growths. The cost of an at home chemical peels is much lower than those provided in a doctor’s office and can be the most convenient form of chemical peeling.

At home chemical peels are made of the same ingredients as doctor-administered chemical facial peels—phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs)—except they are a weaker formula. At home chemical peels are designed to correct small blemishes, not to fix major problems. These chemical peels can be used on the face, neck, hands, arms, chest, and legs. The results of at home chemical peel results are not permanent, so the chemical peel may need to be repeated over time to maintain the effect. Chemical peel side effects, such as redness that can last for weeks, are less likely with at home chemical peels than they are with chemical peeling administered in a doctor’s office.

There are several home chemical peel products to choose from depending upon what results you want. Lactic acid chemical peels are derived from milk and work well for uneven pigmentation problems. Glycolic acid is a bit harsher but provides exfoliation for normal to oily skin types. Beta Hydroxy Acids (or Salicylic Acid) are often used to control blackheads and provide deep pore cleansing. Trichloreacetic Acid is available in some at home chemical peels in a more diluted form than what is administered in a doctor’s office and treats acne, lines, wrinkles, and scarring.

While a chemical facial peel is not a substitute for a facelift or other surgeries which reduce the signs of age, it can give patients smoother-looking skin. At home chemical peels are a good “first step” for those considering chemical peels because they are easy to use. Chemical peel results will vary depending upon the sensitivity of your skin. If your skin reacts negatively to other products, chemical peeling may not be right for you. You should always consult your doctor before trying an at home chemical peel. However, used appropriately, at home chemical peels can be an easy solution for those looking to get smoother and brighter skin.

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    Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Think i'll try the home version.I don't need a deep peel,just a light one to keep my face under control.Thankyou for the info!

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    Christal Petrak 6 years ago from Signal Hill, California

    Do NOT do chemical peels at home! This is very dangerous and can scar your skin. Leave it to the professionals!

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    msorensson 7 years ago

    Educational and helpful, Lela. Thanks!!