There are so many facial peels available today that it can become overwhelming for first time spa goers, or even for the more experienced customer. If you are unsure what peel will best suit you and your skin type, then you may need to speak to a spa specialists, but until then, this article aims to make some sense of a few of the available options.
Acne Peel Acne is a devastating condition that affects far more than the physical appearance of the person. Most who are inflicted with it find themselves overcome emotionally as well, as one treatment after another fails to work. While laser acne treatments can be very effective, they are often too expensive and time consuming for the average person to consider. However, there is another option for acne victims. An acne peel can be performed at a medical spa. This type of peel reduces excess oil production that often leads to acne breakouts, and gently removes dead skin cells that can clog pores. Most often, the chemicals used in these peels are glycolic and Salicyclic Acids. The latter of which is naturally derived from the bark of willow trees and has awesome effects on even the most severe acne cases.
AHA Peel (alpha-hydroxy acids) These facial peels are actually sold over the counter for use in your own home. However, the kits sold on the shelf are often in much lower doses than what would be used at a spa, so the effects are not always as notable. However, all aim to separate dead skin cells from the healthy skin. Once released, these cells are easily washed away with plain water. The peel can even skin tones, reduce the signs of acne scarring, and can eliminate shallow lines and wrinkles. They are wonderful for most skin types as most anyone can benefit from the effects.
Vitamin C Peel Very often this term is used interchangeably with the AHA peel. However, in some cases it can vary slightly, in that it will often use straight glycolic acid, combined with natural enzymes to exfoliate and speed up cell regeneration. Glycolic acid is a colorless, odorless man-made compound that is soluble in water and typically used in a ratio of twenty percent or up to seventy percent. The effects are very similar to those of the AHA peel, but this peel is often considered superior for defeating signs of aging.
Microdermabrasion is a term that is heard frequently today, but few are really sure exactly what it means. This is yet another facial treatment that assists in the removal of the outermost layer of dead skin cells. It too is done by professionals and can improve blood flow for better coloring and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
These spa peels are often used as a less invasive alternative to dermal fillers and Botox, which treat wrinkles directly. They should not be done directly before an airbrush tanning session because they remove the tissue that the tanning agents cling to, but can give the skin a natural glow that is equally as attractive.