We’ve already discussed the truth about peels, but to maximise their benefits, you’ll have to find the in-office peel best suited for your specific skin type. To help us get to the bottom of this, we enlisted skin expert and esthetician Kerry Benjamin to explain. Keep flipping to find out if you’re getting the best peel for your skin type!
“AHAs are one of the mildest peels available,” Benjamin says. “Common AHAs include lactic and glycolic acids, which are both found naturally in foods like sour milk and sugar.” She says this peel is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin, or as an introduction to chemicals peels, because it’s so mild. “The result is a very light peel effective in reducing fine lines, dryness, uneven skin tone, and acne,” Benjamin says.
BHA peels are still considered non-aggressive peels, but penetrate deeper into the pores. Benjamin explains that the most common BHA is salicylic acid, which is commonly produced by willow bark. “BHAs help smooth out acne-scarred skin, control sebum production, and loosen dead skin cells,” Benjamin says. “This is an excellent peel for those looking for immediate results with minimal to no downtime.”
“PHAs are similar to AHAs, but less irritating for those with highly sensitive skin,” Benjamin explains. “PHAs naturally occur in the body and penetrate the skin at a slower, gentler absorption rate, reducing the risk of side effects.” She cites gluconolactone as a common PHA that is highly effective at treating acne and improving skin tone, as well as providing antioxidant benefits.
Pioneered by Dr. Max Jessner (hence, the name), modified Jessner peels combine a mixture of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and a peeling agent named Resorcinol. “Jessner Peels are medium-to-advanced strength peels, which penetrate deep below the surface to improve skin from the inside out,” Benjamin says. She says that most people will experience little to no peeling with this treatment, even though the results are significant. “This is an excellent peel for those with advanced acne, acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation,” she says.
Looking for something a little more intense? A TCA peel will do the trick. “TCA is perfect for those who are looking for the highest-level peel with more advanced results,” Benjamin says. She recommends this peel for anyone looking to smooth over wrinkles, brighten dark spots, and blur acne pitting and scarring. “TCA peels are also suitable for clients with darker skin tones,” Benjamin says.
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