In a derm’s office, a doctor-administered chemical peel is one of the quickest and most effective ways to address a number of skin concerns – mild acne, dead skin build-up, clogged pores, fine lines, dark spots, melasma and skin dullness. Peels even rejuvenate the skin, making it supple, plumper and healthier.
How it works? A peel is essentially a solution that contains enzymes and/or a variety of acids that help to loosen the bonds between skin cells, thereby speeding up the shedding of old, dead skin cells. It is basically a thorough and even exfoliation, sans and manual scrubbing.
The treatment is so popular that there are even at-home products or kits that you can buy to D.I.Y. The difference? What is administered in a dermatologist’s office is of much higher concentrations and work in minutes. Plus, these powerful formulas need to be neutralised with another clinical solution.
Over the counter formulas are much less active and potent but that doesn't mean you don't need to be careful, especially if you have sensitive skin. Here are three tips to get the most out of your at-home peels:
#1. Always do a patch test first
If the skincare brand has a shop or counter, ask to try the peel before you buy. Or if you already have the product, do a patch test on your inner arm or along your jawline for the first night. If your skin doesn't overreact with redness or pain or itching, you can proceed applying it overnight.
#2. Use Vaseline on sensitive areas
Any peel would aggravate sensitive skin like around the base of the nose, and this can cause pain and more redness so apply a layer of Vaseline petroleum jelly to the sensitive area before applying an at-home peel. This protects the skin and prevents the peel from acting on the raw spots.
#3. Always cleanse off the peel well in the morning
No matter how light or gentle the peel you apply, it still has enzymes or acids that are acting on your skin so be sure to thoroughly wash it off in the morning with a facial wash followed by a pH balancing softener.
#4. Don't skip sunscreen
After any peel or scrub, skin is smoother but definitely thinner and that makes it more susceptible to UV damage so always apply sunscreen liberally. You don't want hyperpigmentation spots now, do you?
With these tips in mind, here are some overnight peel products to try: