I am often asked what I do to my skin. One of my not-so-secret(s) is exfoliation including peels. There are so many options out there now, if your team isn’t engaging in the power of peeling, you are missing out on a revenue stream that truly benefits clients.
When choosing a peeling agent it is crucial to carefully select active agents. Furthermore, an intake process is imperative to understand the client’s routine as well as assess if a peel is appropriate for their skin. Retin-A users, frequent waxers, smokers, and sun-worshipers need not apply.
Some ingredients to look for:
TCA: Trichloracetic acid has been a popular ingredient in peels for the past 25 years. A relative of vinegar, TCA can pack a punch and can take up to a week to allow the skins upper layers to begin truly sloughing.
Fulvic Acid: Fulvic acid is a booster for other peeling agents. Primarily added to chemical peel formulations, Fulvic acid is a powerful anti-bacterial and aids in reducing inflammation.
Salicylic Acid: A beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that is useful in treating acne, and aging skin. Typically found in peeling agents at up to 30%.
Azelaic Acid: A yeast derived ingredient, Azelaic acid is a much gentler agent and may be integrated into peels that offer other benefits. Azelaic acid has a Ph that is similar to that of the skin making it a much less aggravating agent to use.
Fruit Acid: Orange, cherry, mango, papaya, mangosteen, grapefruit and pumpkin are just some of the choices offered. Fruit peels come in a variety of strengths and may be used in between more powerful peels to gently exfoliate and clarify. Vitamin C peels fall in this category.