Chemical peels slowly (or quickly) shed your skin, which rids you of hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tones or textures, and help with fine lines or wrinkles. If you are new to my blog, I’ve been giving myself at-home chemical peels for a few years now and thus worked up to a stronger grade peel. For anyone who has never had a peel professionally and especially anyone who has never given themselves a peel I strongly recommend starting with a beginner peel and working your way up from there. Once you’ve done a few peels and know how your skin reacts to them and different products you can slowly increase the grade of peel. Below I’ve listed out some of my favorite peels to do at home starting from beginner all the way up to advanced. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
Instructions: I use this at night in combination with dermatologist-grade products. These pads are primarily for acne-prone skin and can be used daily.
Instructions: After cleansing, gently wipe over face and neck. Use daily or 2-3x weekly for sensitive skin. Can be used in the morning or night.
Instructions: Apply 2-3 pumps onto clean skin at nighttime with fingertips. Leave on for a few minutes, then rinse with water. Pat dry. Use up to 2x a week at night.
Instructions: Use one vial every two weeks, carefully following the pre-peel and post-peel instructions on the package. Ensure skin is clean and completely dry–don’t use on wet skin. Use clean pad to apply the first layer of the peel to clean, dry skin in the pattern as directed on the Obagi Package. Allow the peel to remain on the skin for about 10 minutes after the first layer application. Remove the peel with a damp gauze or towel, and then rinse with water. Be sure to use sunscreen daily after the peel.
Instructions: Apply this peel in the morning or evening, up to three times a week. Place a cotton ball firmly over the bottle, and massage the cotton ball onto your clean, dry skin until it’s dry. After waiting two minutes, repeat this process again but do not rinse. Remember to use sunscreen daily.
Instructions: I recommend combining this peel with the Perfect Image Peel Pads and Perfect Image 50% Glycolic Peel. As your skin becomes more comfortable with peels, you can work your way up to the Skin Obsession 25% TCA Peel, the Skin Obsessions 40% TCA Peel, and then to the Skin Obsessions 50% TCA Peel.
Instructions: Cleanse the skin thoroughly. Apply peel evenly for 1-2 minutes depending on skin sensitivity, with an appropriate applicator pad. Rinse generously with cool water. May repeat treatment once every 2 weeks, up to 4-6 weeks in the absence of skin irritation. Peel may be layered to enhance effectiveness.
Instructions: Wear gloves when using this product. Take an alcohol prep pad to remove excess oil from your face and debris from your skin. Apply in circular motions. Don’t leave on for more than a minute. Look for frosting, and that’s when you’ll know that it’s working. Then, take off with cold water. Follow it up with Avene Cicalfate and then gentle cleanser for next few days. Once it starts to peel, use an exfoliating cleanser.
How you take care of your skin after your chemical peel is SO important. This means, applying sunscreen, moisturizing daily, and completing your skincare routine. As I mentioned earlier, one of my favorite products to use post-peel is this Avene Cicalfate Cream, and then I follow it up with a gentle cleanser for the next few days. As always, DM or email me with any questions, and always reference my other blog posts for further inspiration and advice!
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