In many ways, the beauty industry regularly becomes a victim of fads. New ingredients rotate through regularly promising miracles to solve every skin ailment. Similarly, old ones fall out of favor as people become worried about them for one reason or another. One of the most troubling things is when people in the industry latch on to impossible buzzwords and claim that they’re offering you something better when they’re literally offering you nothing. These days one of the primary culprits of the last category are the so-called “chemical free” peels. Now the truth is this is an impossibility. Everything in nature is a chemical. Everything we mix to make complicated ingredients is a chemical. You cannot genuinely make a chemical free anything. The phrase plays on people’s fears of not knowing what is one a label. Similarly, a lot of people worry about AHA and BHA peels because the “A” represents acid. With that in mind, it seems fitting to show beauty enthusiasts that peels necessarily end up involving acids.oro
Some people try to get away from the uncomfortable nature of the word acid by picking facial peels that used retinoids, derivatives of vitamin A. These are frequently used in anti-aging products. They help tighten the skin while providing a level of exfoliation for the skin. You frequently find retinol-based products being used around the eyes as night time treatments. The somewhat amusing irony when people switch away from AHA/BHA peels is that retinoid peels are acidic too. You’re just not dealing with a hydroxy acid in this case. Retinoic acid actually provides a slightly deeper peel in many of the cases it is used though. Most preparations necessarily involve supervision of a professional as a result.
Enzyme peels are often the most likely to claim that there is something special and natural about them as they’re drawn from organic sources. There is no denying that these peels are often fairly good for the skin in addition to functioning as peels. The complex chemicals from natural ingredients often readily fortify the skin. It tends to be particularly good due to enzyme peels being able to get past the protective layers of your skin effectively. Many AHA/BHA peels incorporate skin healing and fortifying ingredients into their mixture for precisely this reason. However, enzymes are chemicals and some of them also count as acids. Beauty enthusiasts are well-acquainted with how good properly controlled acids are when used correctly. Enzyme peels are no different.
Croton Oil Peel
One of the oldest forms of peel is the croton oil peel, but it is also one that you should never get outside of a professionally licensed and registered professional’s office. They are highly potent and generally require anesthetic due to that potency. Much of the time they’re only used for truly deep issues such as long-standing discoloration and acne scars. Croton oil is not itself an acid, but is often combined with a carbolic acid compound. The two combined have a very strong reaction to skin and readily dissolve dead skin like few other peel compounds. This is why you should never use such a peel outside of a professional’s office. It is too easy for someone who doesn’t understand the compounds as well to inflict permanent harm on the skin.
When it comes to peels, there is no real escaping the use of acids. Acidic compounds are more or less necessary as peels needs to be able to dissolve dead skin and cut through your skin’s natural oil defenses. AHA/BHA peels are highly reliable despite some people’s wariness. In truth, they’re typically some of the tamest peels available to people. So relax and trust that the over-the-counter product you buy knows what it is doing when you see an acid’s name in the ingredient list.