Chemical peels first gained popularity back in the 1960s, yet almost half a century later, many of its fans don’t quite understand how this kind of exfoliation works; they simply know it helps resurface and refresh their complexion, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, hyperpigmentation and acne scars.
The way a chemical or acid peel works is relatively simple: it disrupts the bonds between dead skin cells. The speed and depth of the exfoliation is determined by which acid is used, its acidity (pH), the concentration of the solution, and the amount of time it’s left on the skin.
Once the skin is injured by the peel (in a controlled, safe way), it repairs itself by flaking away the dead skin to reveal new, fresh skin.
It’s extremely important that the person administering the treatment is well-versed and experienced. If the peel isn’t left on long enough, there will be no effect on the skin; if it’s left on too long, it can cause damage to the living cells.
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