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.

Author: Melinda Minton

Melinda Minton is a thirty year veteran of the spa industry. Executive Director of, Minton has authored six books and numerous feature articles.

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