Chemical peels are increasingly becoming common in treating various skin conditions like acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation. While there are side effects in using chemical peels, most people find these as tolerable particularly since the process is very effective in getting rid of different skin problems.
Chemical peels are categorized based on its intensity, that is, from mild to strongest (or severe). Mild peels like salicylic acid, glycolic acid and alphahydroxy acid (AHA) can be used regularly. Mild peels are used in treating mild skin conditions. Moderate peels like trichloroacetic acid (TCA) are typically performed by skin experts. TCA can be actually moderate to severe peel depending on the concentration. Phenol is considered as the strongest peel though it is gradually being replaced by multiple TCA treatments. This is more so since TCA peeling heals faster than phenol peeling. Moderate to severe peels cause burning of up to 2nd degree hence must be performed by doctors.
What you did not know is that doctors tend to overcharge for chemical peeling procedures. Depending on the severity of your skin condition, multiple peeling could be required which means higher cost on the part of the patient. Save yourself from spending too much on chemical peel procedures. There are many over the counter chemical peel products which retail at $50 and below. These chemical peel kits, though may be less intensive, can yield the same results or even better as that of chemical peeling performed by dermatologists.
Chemical peels that you may buy from local stores usually mix AHA, TCA and glycolic acid. These substances are proven very effective in removing the uppermost layer of the skin, revealing new skin underneath it. The concentration is usually lesser thus preventing burning. With this, you have to examine the label before purchasing the product so that you may know the percentage of concentration in each bottle, for instance.
There are minimal risks when performing chemical peeling by yourself though that is why you have to take the necessary precautions. You must avoid the chemical from getting into the eyes, ears, nose and lips. You might also experience a stinging sensation on the initial use of the chemical peel but this should be tolerable and normal. Such a sensation signals that the chemical peel is actually working so you need not worry about this.