With all the advances in medical treatment and technology, home peeling acid is getting popular among ladies. These products are easy to buy from pharmacies and specialist stores. What is home peeling acid? It is a formulated chemical peel that helps to keep the skin refreshed and smooth.
Before we determine if home peeling acid is safe, let us understand the different chemical peels.
There are much variety of chemical peels available in the market. Some of them are suitable for home use while others are only suitable for use in a clinic under the supervision of professionals. Chemical peels come in three varieties or levels:
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Superficial chemical peels are what we know as home peeling acid. They are mild and formulated for all skin types. What they promised is a “refreshed” look with youthful skin. They are usually not suitable for medical treatments for acne. An example of a superficial chemical peel ingredient is glycolic acid.
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Medium chemical peels create effects that are similar to second-degree burns on the skin. These are not suitable for home use and, usually formulated for specific skin types. Trichloracetic acid (TCA) is one such ingredient.
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Deep chemical peels are dangerous for the layman and always made for specific treatments in a clinic. These deep chemical peels create second-degree burns and require a longer time to heal. It is not appropriate for all skin types. You should only get such chemical peels done in clinics with certified professionals.
Safety Concerns of DIY Chemical Peels
The biggest challenge for a DIY chemical peel at home is safety. It is, after all, a product that we put on our faces. It is essential to read all the instructions and understand them before commencing on the DIY chemical peel session. If in doubt, clarify before using. In addition, you should always conduct a patch test on your forearm to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the chemicals within the product.
Aftercare is equally vital as it affects the recovery of your skin. Chemical peels make your skin sensitive to light, and also make it thinner than it was originally. Therefore, it is crucial for you to follow the after-care tips to make sure that you are getting the best out of the product.
Besides the obvious, there are also other safety issues with regards to DIY Chemical Peels. Here are some of them.
1. Pigment Changes
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While the chemical dosage is low in home-kits, the chemicals are still present and could damage the melanocytes of your skin. If you injure the melanocytes, it leads to a discoloration of the skin
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You can get an infection from a peel if you have sensitive skin, cold sores or abrasions of any type on your face when you do the chemical peel at home. The reason is obvious – your skin does not heal properly, and that can cause infections.
You can still get scars from low chemical dosage from home-kits chemical peels. Therefore, it is vital that you do not scratch or pull at the flaky skin to prevent scarring.
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There are various complications for DIY chemical peels. These can be allergic reactions, skin irritation, light burns or burning sensation on your skin. In severe cases, DIY chemical peels can lead to oedema, erythema, and ocular problems.
Is it safe to use DIY Chemical peels then?
Technically speaking, it is safe to use DIY chemical peels at home because the manufacturers specially formulated the chemical peels with a low dosage of glycolic acid. Always ensure that you get a tested product that has a small dosage of 20% glycolic acid and a pH level of 2.8 to 3.0 when you first start to make sure that you are not overdoing it.
To make the chemical peel extra safe, be sure to prepare your skin for the treatment. Follow the instructions on the product packaging to prep your skin for a DIY chemical peel success.
During the peeling session, be alert to follow the instructions carefully and watch your skin. Do not follow the clock. If your skin turns pink, or you feel a burning sensation, apply the neutraliser immediately to prevent burns.
Lastly, take good care of your skin after doing a chemical peel to ensure success. The skin is likely to be dry for a few days, so apply lots of moisturisers to keep it hydrated. Stay away from excessive heat and harsh sunlight and wear a sunscreen every day, even if you are indoors. Your skin is sensitive to the sun after a peel, so protection is necessary even when you are indoors.
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