Chemical Peels can be a portion of a facial or a stand alone treatment. They are a form of exfoliation for the skin. They can be used as an anti-aging technique or reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. They have a high acid content which is used to dissolve and get rid of dead skin cells located on the surface or epidermis of the skin. Light Chemical Peels will leave the skin looking softer, smoother and brighter in complexion.
The Three Type of Peels and Usage:
The Lactic and Glycolic peels are very similar in their actions, but the molecules are slightly different. Pure Lactic is best for treating age/sun spots and the pure Glycolic is best for treating fine lines. The Glyco/Lac combination is great if you are looking for a revitalizing improvement in tone and texture.
Glycolic Acid is the most active and favorable of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHA) in skin care and is made from sugar canes. It is the only AHA which is able to penetrate through the cell walls by virtue of its small molecular size. Once inside the cell, it will trigger new formation of collagen and turn on the synthesis of dermal glycosaminoglycans to plump up the cell and the ground substances in the skin to reduce wrinkles on the skins surface.
The Lactic acid is a natural moistant which occurs naturally in the skin, and because of this it is able to pull moisture from the air and hold it in the skin. The Lactic acid is less irritating and more moisturizing than the Glycolic, and the Lactic can be used at a slightly higher concentration than the Glycolic, because it is not as irritating.
Salicylic acid is a mild acid that works as a keratolytic agent it encourages the sloughing of dead skin cells. It's a safe, effective treatment for mild acne, oily skin, textural changes and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in people of most skin types.