Perfect Peel Guide: Part 2
Written by Kerry Benjamin
If you’ve read Part 1 of our chemical peels series, you already know that chemical peels are the most effective way to exfoliate all skin types. There are many kinds of chemical peels that vary in strength and ingredients, and all have different results and effects. However, the number of acids and the pH of your chemical peel are just as important as the ingredients in the peel.
The Difference Between Multi Acid Peels vs. Single Acid Peels
A single acid peel is one that uses only one type of acid, while a multi-acid peel uses numerous different types of acids.
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) are the main ingredients of most salon peels. All acids have a chemically exfoliating effect, encouraging dead cells to shed and fresh skin to come to the surface. However, many AHA peels also contain a dose of salicylic acid (a BHA) because it dissolves dead cells from the skin's surface, while the glycolic acid (an AHA) works deeper, making it a multi-layered peel. Single acid peels are going to be significantly lighter and not as effective as multi acid peels.
Multi acid peels can achieve a combination of results and penetrate deeper for greater results. If you are curious about trying a multi-acid peel, our TCA Multi-Acid Peel is both gentle and effective for all skin types.
Why Does pH Matter?
What really matters when it comes to peels is their pH level. This indicates how deeply the peel will penetrate into your skin. All peels have varying percentages of active ingredients and different pH levels.
The percentage simply indicates how much of the “peeling agent” or other active ingredients are contained in the product. The most important thing to know is; the lower the pH, the more acidic the peel, and thus, the deeper the peel will penetrate. Anything with a pH of less than 2.5 should be done by a doctor or nurse, however if it has a pH of 1, only a doctor or surgeon. Legally, skincare therapists cannot use anything lower than a 2.5; therefore peels with a pH of 3 are typically what aestheticians will use.
The TCA Multi-Acid Peel has a pH balance of 3.5, making it highly effective without the risk of irritation, pain, or skin injury. It’s an ideal peel to try at home, as it is safe to use for all.
I’m Ready To Try A Peel—Now What?
As I tell my own clients, chemical peels are the best ways to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin. They are the best way to exfoliate for all skin types, as they are not abrasive. With regular peels, you will experience none of the downtime and all of the benefits. Monthly peels will keep your skin healthy, glowing and dewy.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our ability to visit an aesthetician. However, you can reap all the benefits of a chemical peel in the comfort of your own home by incorporating the our TCA Multi-Acid Peels into your skincare routine. Apply using the Body and Face Fan Brush for an at-home spa experience that will help keep your skin at its best.
Want to learn more about an at-home chemical peel? Schedule your free consultation with us today.