This is a great question. There is so much information available now, so many different types of peels, and this can get confusing – don’t let that deter you from trying one.
First things first – the best thing to do is a little research on chemical peels to give you a fundamental understanding of how they work and what you can expect.
Second, you need to determine what you are considering the peel for. Is it for acne, age spots, hyperpigmentation, or maybe just to maintain a healthy youthful appearance. There are different types of active ingredients in peels that have properties that may be more beneficial to certain skin conditions or blemishes and it is important to know what you are looking to do with the peel. For example, salicylic peels are going to be better for oily skin and acne prone skin types, and glycolic is going to be more effective for age spots, wrinkles and fine lines etc..
Third, you want to make sure you start off with a lower strength and less aggressive peel, this is very important because you do not know what your skin can tolerate. If they do not have different levels marked on the peel or percentages, ask the company questions and they should be able to point you in the right direction on what would be a less aggressive (superficial) peel.
Fourth, make sure you get a peel that is buffered. This means the pH has been adjusted. Otherwise the peel may be too aggressive and the risk is much higher.
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