We have officially entered the perfect time of the year for chemical peels because most people have some downtime after the holidays and let’s be honest, most of us aren’t really going anywhere this year anyways, so what better activity to do than an at-home chemical peel! Let me preface this post by saying that I am not a medical professional or an aesthetician, I am simply someone who’s been around the block with skincare and peels and feel confident that I can recommend the following at-home peels to you because I have tried all of these myself and I purposefully left off the ones that will, Megan quote: “tear your ass up”, as to not promote something that may be too aggressive for some of you. If you are tempted and curious you can DM me and I’ll give you the names of the ones that are a little more powerful, but these that I’ve listed are still great peels and will give you some level of minimal surface peeling that will increase cellular turnover and promote new cell growth.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t go into my aftercare spiel which is that babying the skin after the chemical peel is just as important as the chemical peel itself and you have to be careful since you are dealing with new raw skin. I always like to use Avene Cicalfate (I have for years) in these situations because it’s made for broken and raw skin and is used all the time on burns, wounds, and healing skin. I also like to have a good exfoliating scrub on hand to get rid of dead skin and this one by ZoSkin Health has fine microbeads so the exfoliation is very gentle yet effective. Finally, it is imperative that you wear some sort of sunscreen since the fragility of the peeled skin can lead to discoloration or brown spots if not covered with sun protection.
As always, please peel responsibly and maybe test out a small area first to see how your skin is going to react before slathering it all over your whole face.
For more on At-Home Chemical Peels see my blog post: At-Home Chemical Peels Made Easy