If you have ever wondered about skin ‘peels’ and the difference between the chemical, hybrid and over the counter formulations you aren’t alone.
In the United States alone, there were 1.3 million chemical peel procedures in 2016, up 5 percent from 2014 and 14 percent since 2000. However just as peels are becoming popular, so are signs of irritation and possible over-exfoliation.
Signs of over-exfoliated skin include itchiness, skin redness, dry, scaly, or crusted skin, the appearance of small, fluid-filled blisters that might ooze when scratched and even infection. In fact, irritated, over-exfoliated skin from over-aggressive peels, or at-home peels performed incorrectly are now main reasons clients come to see a skin therapist.
Depending on their level of exfoliation, chemical peels can provide dramatic results, however this is typically only suitable for certain skin types and conditions such as those suffering from photo damage or very oily/acneic skin.
The good news is that there are gentle and effective hybrid peels available that cost less, are suitable for almost every skin type and provide real results without the irritation.
Unlike chemical peels available in a cosmetic surgeon’s office, everyone can benefit from the milder hybrid peels offered by skin therapists. These peels can be performed in no-time and will leave you with visible results to make your skin look refreshed. They are affordable, there is no downtime, there is very low risk and are enjoyable to have in conjunction with a ‘relaxing’ facial.
Hybrid peels typically combine buffering natural ingredients in an easy-to-apply form along with AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) such as glycolic, lactic, and mandelic and which have a profound effect on keratinization; and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acid) ie salicylic.
At Botanique we offer a variety of effective, gentle, safe peel options targeting dry/dull, hyperpigmented, prematurely aged, sun damaged and/or oily skin!