Apeeling Skin…enzyme vs chemical peels

The world of facial peels has come a long way in recent years. So how do you know what’s right for you? Most peels gain their effectiveness from two basic categories of ingredients: Enzymes or chemicals.  The idea behind both is to exfoliate your skin leaving it brighter, smoother and ready to be hydrated and accept products deeper thus they work better.

Do I need a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are tried and true skin treatments that have really become much better in recent years. Typically, you’ll see Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid and Lactic acid peels. While your esthetician can offer one layer of peeling, your dermatologist can offer a much deeper peel. While effective, chemical peels are associated with heightened sun sensitivity and may not be appropriate for all skin types. In addition, medium and deep chemical peels may require weeks of down time due to pain, redness, and even scabbing – and as such, it can take weeks to see benefits to the skin.  Specifically, the About Face chemical peel is gentle with buffers to protect your skin but they offer quick results you’re likely to see in just one visit. However, to get the full benefits a series is generally needed. For example a series of 3 or 6 a couple of weeks apart but then you only need to do this twice a year.

Or an Enzyme peel? images (1)

Enzyme Peels are a gentler, kinder type of peel. These treatments can speed up natural chemical reactions in the skin that renew skin cells while exfoliating dead cells. Enzymes are also reported to diminish scars, age spots, fine lines, and discoloration, and may also penetrate the skin to cleanse pores and improve skin tone and texture. There is an enzyme peel for all skin types. A really great side benefit to the enzyme peel is there is no down-time. You can resume regular activities and your skincare routine immediately following your peel.

So which one is right for me?

Again, it depends on the results you are looking for and if you are willing to have down time or get right back to the grind. Remember to consult your esthetician to see what is right for you. There is some preparation and follow-up care required for a chemical peel but the results can be well worth it. Both are great for correcting your skin and maintaining the skin you already have so try one today. About Face Thursday Night Specials offer both for $55 each.

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