Which are the Best Chemical Peels at Home?

by Somya Satija
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Which are the Best Chemical Peels at Home? Acids, the newer trends of skincare. Gone are the days when people were averse of applying acids to the skin. Now we have Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Mandelic Acid, and the list goes on and on. They target specific issues and give instant results. They come in various forms, toners, serums, moisturizers, and cleansers.

Chemical Peels, on the other hand, are administered by dermatologists. They use a higher concentration of these acids to exfoliate the skin.

But now with the brands trying to expand their shelved have introduced chemical peels, which can be done at home. These are less intense than peels which the dermatologist use. But there are points to be taken into consideration while using potent peels to get that gorgeous skin you have always desired.

This article is divided into chemical peels, which I have tried and those which I have heard good things about.

Chemical Peels, which I have tried:

  1. The Ordinary AHA 30% and BHA 10%

    The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
    This is my favorite thing in the whole world. It solved a lot of my skin issues. Congestion, blackheads, dry patched, oily nose, reduces the visibility of pores. And the best part, it just inexpensive as well. It is not supposed to be used more than once a week, so it lasts up to a good six months. It is deep pink in color and looks like a crime scene on your face.
    The quantity of AHA is a lot, 30%, but not unheard of. This is not for people who are just starting out their tryst with acids.
    Before jumping into the pool of chemical peel I did make my skin tolerant to acids by using the Glycolic Acid Toner 7% from this brand. This will make sure that you don’t do any unnecessary harm to your skin.

  2. Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Baby Facial Mask:Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Baby Facial Mask

    $80 for 50ml

    This is a great chemical peel. Period. Go ahead and buy it without anyone’s consent. But there is one drawback; it costs a whopping $80. I huge blow to my pocket at least. Even when I was purchasing this, I knew this was a one time buy. Once it gets over I won’t be repurchasing this. But it is a fantastic peel which 25% AHA and 2% BHA and gentler than The Ordinary one. It comes in a 50ml bottle and will last you about a year with weekly use. And due to my frugal nature, I extended it to the point of expiry. It is supposed to be left on the face for 20 minutes. With one use your skin will be more toned, cleaner but not a babyface. Once you use it, you will get used to it.

  3. Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask:Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask

  4. INR 900 for 120gm

    This is a great peel for people who are starting on acids as it is not that strong and does the work to some extent. It is supposed to be left for 3 minutes and then wash it off. Since my skin was already used to strong acids like The Ordinary, this was a dud for me. Don’t get me wrong, this was good on its own, I just wasn’t blown away with it. It is cream based with some granules in it. It spreads easily and not a lot of it is required. Skin feels soft after using it but that is it. I did not see any other difference. It did not irritate my skin at all. So for all the Acid virgins out there, go for Innisfree one first before drawing the big guns.

  5. Makeup Revolution AHA 30% and BHA

    INR 1800 for 30ml

    This felt and looked just like The Ordinary AHA 30%+ BHA 2%. When I first saw the ad on Nykaa, this entire range of Makeup Revolution is a complete dupe of all the products of The Ordinary with triple the price. It is good for those who don’t want to get into the hassle of International Shipping. But it is not a hassle. There are many sites which offer free shipping. Coming to the product the consistency was much more runny and less strong. Maybe my skin was used to it, but whenever I use the, The Ordinary Peel I can feel the effects, raw skin, highly glowing forehead and cheekbones, a little tingling. But with the Makeup Revolution one I did not feel anything. You can go for it if you don’t like international shipping.

Products I have not tried, but have heard good things about it:

  1. Kiehl’s Nightly Refined Micro-Peel Concentrate:

    $60 for 30ml

    I would love to try this and I have heard that is the very effective for blackheads. It is a micro peel in the form of serum. You apply it at night and sleep and you don’t have to remove it.

  2. CAUDALIE Glycolic Peel

    GBP 22 for 75ml

    I got a sample of this at Sephora and loved it. I agree I just used it one time but the moment all my chemical peels get over I am going to purchase it. It just contains AHA and not BHA. Since I have combination skin I like BHA for my skin better. But glycolic acid is good for my skin too.

Tips to remember while using a Chemical Peel

  1. Sunscreen:
    Acids make your skin sensitive to skin. Do not forget a good spectrum sunscreen when you step out.
  2. Less is more:
    After seeing the difference in your skin, you might be tempted to use it more often, but trust me that only goes south. Use it not more than the specified amount.
  3. Develop a tolerance first:
    Don’t jump straight to heavy peels. Try acids with lower concentration first. These are my tried and tested products:
    ) The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7%
    b.) Pixi Glow Tonic
    c.) Paula’s Choice 2% BHA
    d.) The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% or 10%
  4. Patch test first:
    With acids patch test is the most important. You do not want to end up with a burnt face.
  5. Use it just after cleansing, to get the maximum result.
  6. Do not leave it for more than the prescribed time.
  7. Moisturise afterward.
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