There are many facial peels advertised and i wonder why these arent just as good as going to a facialist or spa. If you recommend home peels, what concentration is safe but effective at removing hyperpigmentation and sun damage?
Best Chemical Peel At Home
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Peels vary by depth of effect
All peels (whether they are chemical, laser, or mechanical) create a mild burn, somewhere between first and second degree. The body's response to the burn is what yields the results. With chemical peels, the depth is determined by the agent used, concentration of agent, and time applied. The "at home" products are weak agents, as they have a wide safety margin. They also yield a minimal result. Deeper peels give more of a result because they result in a deeper second degree burn. Agents used for deeper peels are dangerous, as they can result in scarring if used improperly. For this reason, the more powerful agents are restricted to use by physicians. It is certainly reasonable to use the home products (as directed), but if they are not giving the results that you desire, consult with a physician who performs deeper peels.
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At home Chemical Peels Vs. in office Chemical Peels.
At Home Kits Are Not a Good Idea
Your question is an excellent one. I have seen 'at home' kits on ebay using the same medication that I would use in my office with very close follow up and the possibility of severe complications. There are some at home chemical peels which can be used along the lines of glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid peels. These help to exfoliate the skin but will not do anything for dark spots or wrinkles. Before you use any of these, I would suggest talking with your facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon, or dermatologist to ensure that it is safe.
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Facial Peels and Medical Chemical Peels
There are hundreds or thousands of different types of chemical peels. Very light peels offered by a spa can improve skin texture for a very short period of time, exfoliating the skin to make it feel softer and smoother. This type of peel is very inexpensive with no downtime and limited results.
Very deep chemical peels can get rid of acne scars, smokers lines and turn back the clock 10 - 15 years. This kind of peel is very expensive with general anesthesia required, several weeks of downtime and amazing results for the right patient.
This is why all chemical peels are not created equal and why the type of peel you use depends on the type of results you desire. There's nothing to prevent you from solving your skin problem with a facial peel at a spa. But if it doesn't work to solve your problem, understand that there are much more effective solutions available at a medical facility.
"At Home" stuff isn't as strong
"At Home" kits aren't as strong as the in-office agents your surgeon will provide. If you use "At Home" stuff, I tell patients to take it easy and rely upon repetition to provide results. Your chances of hurting yourself are greater when you do it yourself sometimes. Just be careful.
Your results won't equal what I can do in the office, but then again they aren't professional strength and that might OK. The best things patients can do with less risk for hyperpigmentation and sun damage are using over the counter bleaching creams and a good sun screen.
Peels for Hyperpigmention: Need a Careful Pro
As far as at-home peels go, peels that are 2-steps and have a neutralizing step are the key to being gentle yet effective. Labels that state percentages of acids contained in the product do not always truly reflect the "actual clinically available concentration." Very often its alot less than stated.
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At Home Peels
When you have a peel done at your doctor's office you will have a consultation which will make sure you are a good candidate. You'll also learn about any potential risks involved so you can make an informed choice as to whether you'd like to proceed with treatment. The acids used in these offices will be in their purest form, and this will minimize any chances of added ingredients that can potentially cause allergic reactions. A professional will asses your skin once the acid is applied and give you a personalized treatment versus generic instructions that came from a box. Medical aestheticians are professionally trained and deal with all skin types and skin concerns. I would recommend you see one prior to choosing any skin treatment, even if you choose a home peel.
Home peels will always be less effective than medical spa grade treatments
Important: beware of medical grade peels being sold online. Logically, if a peel is labeled “medical grade” or “professional strength” play it safe and leave the treatment up to the medical professionals and licensed spa professionals.
Best Chemical Peel At Home
There is no strong effective chemical peel for safe home usage. The type of peel at a spa is usually very superficial and will help the skin for a short period of time. However, the stronger peels should be done in the office so that they can be monitored closely during the procedure.
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