Which Chemical Peel is Right for My Skin?

which chemical peel is right for my face

With a booming beauty industry, this is quite a common question. Many people have had friends get chemical peels, but have several unanswered questions when it comes to one done personally.

In order to determine which chemical peel is right for you, you must first ask yourself what you want to change with your skin, or what you would like to treat. Many people have different issues, ongoing and former, with their skin. Some people could be dealing with acne; some may have sun spots from their younger days of tanning, or difference in skin tone from melasma during pregnancy.

Glycolic and Lactic Peels

Glycolic and Lactic peels are both Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) based peels. Glycolic acid, also known as a fruit peel, is a small molecule derived from sugar cane that helps reduce the bonds that hold dead skin cells to the skin. Lactic acid is a milder peel than Glycolic that comes from sour milk. They both help lighten, tighten and brighten the skin, giving it a renewed and fresh look.

These acids can be used to treat:

  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scarring
  • Crapey skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Acneic keratosis


Salicylic Peels

Salicylic peels are Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) and are used to treat acne issues as thy help control and regulate sebum production. The are derived from the metabolism of salicin, an anti-inflammatory agent produced in willow bark. They also help with wrinkles and deep exfoliation. Studies have shown that BHA peels can penetrate deeper than AHA peels, since AHAs are the lightest and mildest of the peels. The main difference between the two is that BHAs are only oil soluble.

These acids can be used to treat:

  • Clogged pores
  • Fine lines
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads

All of the listed peels help reach a level of exfoliation and renewal that you can’t achieve in your home bathroom. A medical setting is more advanced and customized to your specific skincare needs. A professional can address any contraindications that my complicated certain peels and an esthetician can help set a proper home skin care regimen.


It’s important to consult with a skincare professional that can help you find a peel that best suits your skin. Contact us for a consultation today!

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