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Use a Chemical Peel at Home

Updated on June 8, 2010

Chemical facial peels are becoming a popular option for those wishing for younger looking skin. Chemical peeling removes layers of skin, giving skin a more even complexion and a smoother texture. 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.

Chemical facial peels have many benefits. Chemical peeling removes damaged outer layers of facial skin to smooth and improve complexions. Chemical peeling benefits people with facial blemishes, wrinkes, acne, and uneven skin pigmentation. The chemical solution used in chemical facial peels is made up of phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs). The particular formula of the chemical facial peel depends upon the specific needs of each patient. AHA chemical peels are the mildest peels, while TCA chemical peels are moderate peels and phenol chemical peels are the most severe.

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. It can also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, reduce facial scars, control acne, and help skin absorb moisture more efficiently.

At home chemical peels are made of the same ingredients as doctor-administered chemical facial peels, except they are a weaker formula. At home chemical peels can be used on the face, neck, hands, arms, chest, and legs. At home chemical peel results are not permanent, so the chemical peel may need to be repeated. Also, it is important to note that at home chemical peels are designed to correct small blemishes, not to fix major problems. 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.

At home chemical peels are easy to use. Even though it is called a chemical facial peel, your skin will not appear to “peel” off. Instead, dead skin cells will dissolve and expose new, healthy cells to the surface. This process will take 10 minutes, with some brands requiring a shorter time.

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. At home chemical peels can be an easy solution for those looking to get smoother and brighter skin.

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    Kelly Kline Burnett 

    8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    Never knew a home chemical peel was an option. Great Hub - need the knowledge. Thank you!


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