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What’s Better for Your Particular Skin – Enzyme Peels or Chemical Peels?
Many elements can compromise your skin: pollution, hormones, stress, and more. Exfoliation can help to a point, but should you go further with chemical peels or enzymes?
In the battle for perfect (or near-perfect) skin, one has many options, and some of them are extreme. Some people opt for facelifts and injections, but these expensive and highly invasive procedures are not without the possibility of dangerous side effects – yet they are still only temporary solutions! Most facelifts only are effective for about five years – for example, if one has surgery on saggy skin around the eyes, in very few years it will have collapsed again. Surgery and injections on such sensitive areas can not only produce scarring and an unnatural look, but also temporary or even permanent nerve damage. Yikes!
Chemical and fruit or enzyme peels are far gentler on the skin without these harmful effects. You can do them regularly (every 4-6 weeks) with beautiful results, and without any worries about permanent damage, without trauma, and without breaking the bank. Peels plump the skin, give your complexion a fresh and youthful glow, and help you escape the surgeon’s knife.
Peel procedures are basically a stronger form of exfoliation. Exfoliation helps the turnover of dead skin cells to renew skin and make it fresh and luminous, preventing blackheads and clearing pores. Once or twice a week is the most one should exfoliate to avoid shedding cells prematurely and irritating skin. Conversely, inadequate exfoliation makes a dull, rough complexion and decreases the absorbency of moisturizers and serums. Excessive exfoliation also necessitates devoted sunblock use.
So What’s the Difference Between These Surface Exfoliants?
Chemical Peels contain AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids). AHAs consist of glycolic, lactic, mandelic, tartaric and azelaic acids. They dissolve inter-cellular proteins and lipids that connect dead skin cells. Salicylic acid is a common BHA, known for lipid-solubility, which is great to address oily, acne-prone complexions. Smaller-potency glycolic acid is popular for at-home use. It’s not as strong as chemical peels used by licensed pros in spa facilities.
Enzymatic Peels, with enzymes found in many fruits, have natural active ingredients. Figs, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate and pumpkin are among the quickest-acting fruit derivatives, which liquefy dead skin, leaving skin that’s softer, smoother and healthier looking on the surface. Strong, yet not abrasive, enzymes are great exfoliants for nearly every skin type, and work best at body temperature rather than under steam or other heat.
Warning: users of Retinol products or clients with irritated or hypersensitive complexions should avoid both types of peels.
Chemical Peels May Be Your Choice If:
- You’re Not in a Hurry For Immediate Results. Time is a vital factor when deciding on a home-based chemical peel. Glycolic acid is popular for its versatility: it permeates deeper and smoothens the surface, it stimulates new cell growth, and it brightens skin’s appearance.
- You Want Flexible Control of Results. With glycolic acid, you can adjust how much exfoliation occurs over a period of time. Beginners should use a lower level, such as 2-4%, and slowly expand to higher levels to improve outcome. This is something enzymes can’t do; therefore, over time, they wouldn’t necessarily produce a progression of improvements.
- You Want Easy Long-Term Storage for Products. Being naturally derived, enzymes are sensitive to moisture, heat, and pH levels to a degree that they lose their effectiveness. Chemical peels aren’t susceptible to these issues.
Enzymes Might Be Your Thing If:
- Your Complexion Irritates Readily. Both chemical and enzymatic peels exfoliate dead cells; however, chemicals may slough off live tissue as well, damaging skin. Enzymes instead just gently tingle because they aren’t taking off too many skin layers, so they’re far safer and less invasive while still being just as effective. Being so gentle, they’re perfect for home use for skin rejuvenation and readying it for moisturizing, and are preferable for sensitive skin. They also accomplish other significant skin goals like diminishing pore appearance, clearing blemishes and anti-aging effects, including reducing wrinkles and acne scars.
- You’re Pregnant or Nursing. Women who are pregnant or nursing should never use chemical peels. Absorption through the skin could possibly harm the baby. Enzymes don’t have such side effects or concerns.
- Your Immune System is Compromised. Cancer patients or survivors and anyone with immune deficiencies should guard their skin against many products, including chemical peels. Fruit-derived enzyme peels have no dangerous ingredients, short of individual allergies, so always consult your medical professional before use.
Discuss chemical and enzymatic peels with your skincare professional as well as your doctor, and find which option is best for you.
Lara has a variety of fragrant and beneficial peels to assist in your skincare regime; contact her today for an appointment.
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