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What are Chemical Peels?

What are Chemical Peels?
What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are meant to lift away the dead upper layers of skin. They are painted onto the face by a dermatologist or trained cosmetologist. The higher the concentration and the longer they are left on, the deeper they work. There are three basic types of peels, all which are formulated with acid: Glycolic or salicylic acid (best for oily skin) and trichloroacetic acid (or TCA) which goes super deep. The TCA peels will likely cause redness and flaking a few days after use.

Chemical peels cost about $100-$300 a pop for glycolic and salicylic peels. You'll need a series of three to six to see the best effects. TCA peels cost about $250 a pop.

Not able or willing to pay those prices? You can buy over-the-counter peels that work just as well, but take up to a month to see the results from just one visit to the dermatologist's office. My hands-down favorite is MD Skincare Alpha Beta Face Peel.


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