What is a chemical peel?
You might have first heard of these popular treatments by watching Sex and the City — and been nervous to try them ever since. But don’t let a show steer you away from glowier skin! Simply put, a chemical peel is an umbrella term for a range of topical chemical skin resurfacers. (Think of professional peels as a more intense version of at-home chemical exfoliators.) Peels are non-invasive, but they can still pack a skin-resurfacing punch. Depending on the intensity of the peel, these formulas can fade age spots, soften fine lines, and leave skin significantly younger-looking. Like any skincare treatment, peels are not one-size fits all. They come in a range of intensities with different active ingredients, including salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and trichloroacetic acid. These ingredients promote cellular turnover at different depths. The most intense peels may rely on a small amount of phenol to resurface skin. Before you sign up to get your skin sloughed, read on for everything you need to know.
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