Chemical Peels for Acne & Acne Scarring
Acne and acne scarring are among the most common reasons people search out alternative methods of skin treatments. That's because most over-the-counter acne regimens simply can't provide relief for serious, long-term sufferers, and professional medical treatments including topical creams and internal medications can be extremely expensive, particularly without health insurance coverage.
We designed our selection of at-home chemical peels with everyone in mind. These products contain safe, medical-grade ingredients in order to provide professional results at home for a fraction of the cost.
How Do Peels Work & How Do They Differ From Medical-Grade Exfoliants?
A chemical peel works by causing controlled injury to superficial skin layers. This is similar to exfoliation by microdermabrasion. We recommend you try at-home microdermabrasion as a gentle everyday solution for hands, face and neck, or by adding it to your maintenance schedule after performing a chemical peel to keep your complexion fresher and brighter for longer.
Each of our chemical peels ships with a sample of microdermabrasion crystals, designed for skin refining and resurfacing.
Both physical and chemical exfoliation help to remove dead skin cells and pore-clogging impurities to reveal a newer, brighter complexion. However, a chemical peel - particularly a stronger peel that can penetrate more deeply, can address very stubborn skin issues ranging from wrinkles and uneven pigment to acne and acne scarring.
If you're new to chemical peels, we recommend trying a chemical peel designed to penetrate only the superficial layers of the skin. These "lunchtime" peels will provide gentle exfoliation to resurface the skin's top layers, leaving you with a rejuvenated glow that's similar to a microdermabration treatment. A our lightest light-level peel is the 85-percent lactic acid peel, a wonderful starter peel that will familiarize you with the process of application and neutralization without any actual peeling. This peel is also a great resurfacing tool for advanced peelers who are simply looking to freshen up after a deeper peel.
For a peel that's a bit more advanced, try one of our glycolic peels. A 20 percent glycolic is an excellent solution to the problem of dull skin, uneven skin tone, and acne. Glycolics have the ability to penetrate deeply to work from within, giving them the power to dissolve oils and impurities. Although a powerful skincare tool, our light glycolics result in little to no actual peeling. A 20-percent glycolic peel is suitable for all skin types, and both beginning and experienced peelers.
For a peel that combines the power of alpha-hydroxy with beta-hydroxy, try one of our alpha-beta combo peels. Our selection provides a range from 30 to 50 percent, and these peels are significantly stronger than the low-level glycolics. An alpha-beta combo peel can combat acne before scars have a chance to develop, because they contain a significant amount of salicylic acid. This ingredient combats oily deposits and clogged pores, while the glycolic component addresses shallow scarring and fine lines. We recommend these peels to experienced peelers.
Our TCA peels provide a medium-deep solution. TCA peels have the ability to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin to provide immediate results. Our TCA peels are the strongest peels we offer, and they provide an aggressive treatment for a range of very stubborn skin issues such as deep wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne scarring and more.
A TCA peel is recommended for advanced peelers who are familiar with the process of peeling. These peels require downtime for recovery.
Always perform a patch test to determine your skin’s sensitivity. A proper post-peel moisturizer capable of restoring hydration is also essential. Our
post-peel moisturizer contains grapeseed and coconut oils that absorb quickly without leaving behind a greasy film.
What to Expect
Our light peels will result in very little to no actual peeling. Immediately following a medium-level peel, you’ll find some pain and redness, which can be alleviated with over-the-counter analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Within three to 14 days after the procedure, swelling, blistering, browning and crusting are common. You can use makeup and moisturizers as usual, being careful not to hasten the peeling process by rubbing, pulling or picking the skin. Carefully following the included step-by-step instructions will ensure that you have a safe peeling process with positive results each time.
Remember that proper care for your newly resurfaced skin doesn't stop when peeling is finished. Your delicate skin will require everyday care to ensure lasting results. Avoid sun exposure by wearing hats or carrying an umbrella, and always apply sunscreen whenever you're outside.