Chemical peels are acids such as AHA and BHA that are applied to the skin in order to essentially burn or strip the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
The intention is to reveal fresh skin, improve skin tone and undermine the appearance of fine lines and hyper pigmentation.
The chemical peel can be abrasive and leave the skin tender and raw for a period of time after the treatment, although can be productive!
The enzymatic peel is derived from fruit enzymes such as papaya or pumpkin. These enzymes break down the surface layer of dead skin and essentially eat away the debris.
This type of peel essentially has a similar result as a chemical peel, while not being as harsh on the skin. A typical result would be pink and tingling skin, but rarely resulting in raw or sensitive skin.
The enzymatic peels are usually recommended as a series and the results can be amazing. The skin is left with a more even tone, smoother and softer surface. Minimizing of hyper pigmentated skin and while creating a glowing complexion.
It has been thought that repeated chemical peels may actually thin the skin over time, while the enzyme peels do not.
Both types of peels, however, indicate to the brain that the skins surface has been disrupted or ” injured” which sends a message to create more collagen.
Both peels are a fantastic way to encourage cell turn over and mantain a healthy complexion.
Choosing the right type of peel is subjective as everyone responds differently, so talk to your esthetician about your skin care concerns as well as sensitivities.
Adding a professional peel to your skin care regimen can help maintain and improve the quality of your skin.