Peels are designed to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells that build up on the skin each and every day. This layer of dead skin cells clogs up your pores, leading to a dull, rough complexion, and accelerating the signs of aging. If peels are a skin care product that are new to you, don’t worry, as OROGOLD is here to explain exactly how to use peeling products.

Superficial Peels
A superficial peel is the gentlest peel available, and works to instantly brighten the skin, make the skin texwoture much smoother, and reduce any fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and sun damage. They are usually made from alpha or beta hydroxy acids, including glycolic acid, salicylic acid and lactic acid. Before the peel is applied, the skin is thoroughly cleaned. Then, the chemical peel, usually in the form of a liquid or paste, is applied to the skin. This is then left on the skin for several minutes, with the exact timing depending on the strength and formula of the chemical used. To end the chemical reaction, water or alcohol is used to neutralize the acid, after which it is wiped off the face. Although you may feel a slight burning sensation while the chemicals are on your face, this is mild, and OROGOLD recommends the use of a hand-held fan to cool your skin down.

Woman getting a skin peeling treatment in a spa.

Medium Depth Peels
Usually derived from trichloroacetic acid, medium depth peels penetrate deeper into the skin than superficial peels. The technique used to apply a superficial peel and a medium depth peel are similar, except that for the medium depth peel, the chemicals are left on the face for longer. Since the chemicals are stronger, they are more painful than superficial peels, but a painkiller can easily take care of this. Although there is no more pain once all of the chemicals have been wiped away, the skin takes about a week to recover.

Deep Peels
Out of all the peels, deep peels are not only the most painful, but also take the most time, and are always carried out by a professional. Once the skin has been cleaned, the chemicals are applied, but usually only to a small area of the face at a time, as some of the chemicals used can be harmful if a large dosage of them enters the body. There is usually a 15-minute break in between applying the peel to each area of the face. After the peel, an ointment is usually applied, which is washed off after 24 hours and reapplied when necessary.

When done correctly, peels can be extremely beneficial to the skin, both on your face as well as on other parts of your body. Although a superficial peel is the quickest and most pain-free, the results aren’t as dramatic, and you will usually need anywhere between six to ten treatments for the best results. Before you decide to have a chemical peel, OROGOLD advises that you speak to a professional about what the best type would be for your skin, as well as to know of any specific chemical formulas that would be of benefit to you.

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