Is Your Chemical Peel Safe For The Skin?



If you seek a solution for wrinkles and fine lines, chemical peels are a great option. Chemical peel addresses an extensive range of beauty concerns. It provides lustre to the dull skin and rejuvenates it.

But is it safe for your skin? What ingredients does it contain? How does it work on skin? Is it an effective way? There are many questions stuck in your mind regarding the safety of the product. Here you can gain answers to your all concerns.

How does it work on your skin?

Chemical peels are a topical solution. It decreases the visibility of scars, wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. During the procedure :

  • The professionals clean your skin first.
  • He/she applies a chemical solution to your skin in layers
  • You may feel temporary tingling or discomfort until the chemical is neutralised
  • Your outermost layer of skin begins to remove or peel
  • The treatment shows reduced wrinkles, spots and lustrous skin.

How do you choose the correct peel?

Choosing the right peel is usually based on the effect you want.

  • To get gentle exfoliation of the outermost layer, you need light peels.
  • For removing dead skin cells from the epidermis or upper part of the middle layer of skin, you need medium-depth chemical peels.
  • Deep peels are recommended to address the problems of the innermost layers of the skin,

Ingredients of chemical peel

Ingredients for light peel are used to correct uneven skin tone, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Light peel treats acne and blackheads and helps to achieve a youthful glow. Types of light peel include :

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a naturally occurring beta-hydroxy acid or BHA. The best choice of ingredient for acne-prone skin. It lightens the dark spots without irritation. The ingredient possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, it is safe and effective for the skin.

Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid. It is derived from sugarcane. The ingredient is considered best for cosmetic purposes. Apart from peeling dead skin, it can stimulate collagen production. It ultimately results in treatment of wrinkles and fine lines.

Lactic acid

The ingredient found in many vegan sources such as milk, fermented corn, starch, beets and sugar-rich foods. It exfoliates the skin gently, resulting in a bright and refreshing complexion. The ingredient is highly suitable for sensitive skin. The molecules of lactic acid hence cannot penetrate the skin deeply.

Mandelic acid

The ingredient is naturally obtained from bitter almonds. It enhances the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It treats acne and eliminates skin discolouration. It also has potent antimicrobial properties.

Phytic acid

The ingredient is derived from legumes, grains and rice. It aids mild skin exfoliation. In addition, it has antioxidant properties, making it a favourite ingredient for skincare purposes.

Medium-depth chemical peel penetrates a bit deeper than the light peel. Types of medium depth chemical peels :

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

TCA is the best option for the treatment of darker skin discolouration. It penetrates deeper than glycolic or salicylic acid in the skin’s layer. It is considered a medical-grade ingredient. A registered medical professional can only use TCA for the treatment. TCA peels are not recommended for sensitive skin.

Jessner’s solution

The solution has impeccable benefits of rejuvenating the skin. The solution commonly addresses uneven skin tones, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, it exfoliates the dry skin of the legs.

Deep peels deal with the innermost layers of the skin. The ingredients of deep peel encourage the production of collagen in the skin. The ingredients include


Phenol is the most powerful chemical peel ingredient. It is also known as carbolic acid. The ingredient deals with serious skin issues such as precancerous growths and severe acne scars. It highly promotes collagen production. It induces skin peeling more aggressively to treat the conditions.

Are the chemicals used in peel safe?

Chemicals used in peels are generally safe for most people. The proper consultation with a medical professional can reduce the chances of complications. Although physicians and medical professionals only administer the certified or guaranteed products that are safe for use.



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