The Perfec-TonePore Less Set
September 16, 2020
Chemical peels are exfoliants that are a higher strength level than exfoliants found over the counter. The pH level of chemical peels is around 2.0. While some exfoliants use the same acids found in chemical peels, they are often not classified as such because their pH level is great than 2.0, making them less acidic and lower in strength. Chemical peels work to restore the skin by removing the keratin layer of dead skin cells that is found on the epidermal surface of the skin. Peels also stimulate healthy production of new epidermal cells. During the healing process of chemical peels, the quality of the skin's appearance and texture will improve. While the words “chemical” and “peel” sound pretty scary beside each other, chemical peels are quite common these days. They are often used to treat discoloration, acne, fine lines & wrinkles, melasma, sun spots, clogged pores, blackheads, rough skin texture. They are also helpful in exfoliating the skin for better absorption of serums or other skincare products.
Skin peels consist of three main strengths:
Especially if this is your first time applying a peel, it’s suggested to test a small amount of peeling product to your hand. Wait for 48 hours and assess your skin’s reaction to the peel. If you experience redness, itching, or burning, it is a possibility that your skin may be too sensitive for the level of peel.
Use petroleum to moisture thin areas where the skin is most delicate. Petroleum
If you’ve passed the skin patch test, begin to apply only a thin layer of peel to the skin. It’s safer to start your first peel by gradually increasing the amount of acid that is left on the skin. For example, you may start by leaving the peel on for 30 seconds minimum and increasing it to 60 seconds the following week.
After you’ve used a chemical peel, it’s suggested to not manually exfoliate or chemically peel until 96 hours have passed. This is to avoid over-exfoliation. If your skin experiences redness, burning, or an itching feeling, it is best to take a break from your peel. A tingling feeling is the most you should be feeling. If burning occurs, you can apply a soothing gel (i.e. aloe vera), Vaseline, or our Revitalizing Serum to heal the skin.
After cleansing your skin from the peel, apply petroleum or a nourishing moisturizer. Moisturizers that are noncomedogenic, hypoallergenic, or contain wound-healing properties (i.e. hyaluronic acid) are also good for restoring the skin’s surface during peeling.
The skin becomes very photosensitive after peeling. Ensure that you apply sun protection every two hours when you are outside in the daytime.
Retinoids or retinoic acid is a derivative of Vitamin A which is great for light scarring, fine lines & moderate wrinkles, melasma, sun spots, dark marks, and discoloration. Similar to chemical peels, retinoid products may cause flaking of the skin by increasing the cell turnover and removing dead skin cells. Unlike peels, retinoid products are leave-in topical treatments. To try a safe, no downtime treatment, try our Resurfacing Créme or Refining Créme which works similar to a chemical peel faster improvement.