Chemical Peels have become a vital part of my skin care regime. Every 4 weeks I have been recieving a chemical peel. The 3 most common types of chemical peels include:
The key principle of chemical peels involves producing a controlled chemical injury to the skin which leads to rejuvenation and overall improvement of skin texture by inducing exfoliation, leading to removal of the lesions. The controlled injury created by chemical peels stimulates the wound healing process which leads to an increase in collagen and elastin and helps to retain moisture by increasing glycosaminoglycans.
The peel which I have been receiving as part of my skin care routine is the alpha-beta peel by O-cosmedics. It consists of Lactic Acid, AHAs, Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide to seriously rejuvenate the skin.
Lactic acid is beneficial for those with a more sensitive skin as the molecule is larger, therefore penetrates the skin slower and also has the ability to lighten the skin and any pigmentation.
Salicylic Acid (SA) chemical peels have been shown to be the most effective when it comes to treating acne.. why?
It is lipophillic in nature, which means it is attracted to lipids (oil in our skin) and is able to decrease the levels of sebum secreted. As SA induces exfoliation this allows for the further penetration of other products which are applied following the peel.
Niacinamide is Vitamin B3 and its beneficial in treating acne as it is antimicrobial, sebostatic and has a stabilising effect on the skins barrier function which helps to “normalise” the skin. Niacinamide reduces Trans-epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) which is what results in the hydrating effects as it holds onto moisture.
The combination of these ingredients in the Alpha-beta peel are shown to be extremely effective in treating acne, so I would definitely recommend this peel, as I have noticed great improvement in my acne since receiving this peel.
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