What Are The Types Of Chemical Peel?

There are three basis categories of chemical peels.

  • Light peels:
    These are most commonly performed using Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxyl Acids (BHAs). These peels include glycolic, lactic and fruit acid peels (AHAs) or Salicylic Acid (BHA). AHAs are found in plants and foods such as citrus fruits, sugar cane and sour milk. Glycolic acid, derived from sugar cane, is the most commonly used AHA. Glycolic acid breaks the intracellular bonds, decreasing the "glue" that holds the dead skin cells on the skin surface. It stimulates the production of collagen and the growth of better quality skin.
  • Medium peels:
    These are usually performed using Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA). This is used to treat skin with moderate sun damage, surface wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.
  • Deep Peels:
    These are most commonly Phenol Peels, and are the deepest possible chemical peel. They are used for large wrinkles and have dramatic effects. They generally require anaesthesia and involve 4-6 weeks recovery.

The types of Peel offered will be Light Peels and Light/Medium peels.

These Chemical Peels are a medical peel, and are only allowed to be carried out by trained professionals (Doctors and Dentists) who are licensed to use a much stronger concentration of solution, if required, than beauticians or aesthetic nurse practitioners.

They are not available in the high street and should not be confused with the very mild and gentle peels available from beauty therapists.