Chemical Peels as a Treatment Option
Chemical peel treatments

Chemical Peels as a Treatment Option

Contrary to popular belief, many individuals continue to struggle with acne well into adulthood. Adult acne is acne that persists past the age of 25. Four factors that directly contribute to this issue are: 


  1. Clogged Pores 
  2. Excess Oil Production 
  3. Bacteria
  4. Inflammation 


Some people are born with skin that is susceptible to acne. However, there are also lifestyle choices that contribute to the severity of the condition. Hormones and stress, particularly a woman’s menstrual cycle, have a direct impact on the look and feel of her skin. The hair and skin products we use can clog our pores, and our diet can trigger inflammation. We will explore the benefits of chemical peels as a treatment option for adult acne.


Salicylic Acid Peel

A Salicylic Acid Peel works by deeply exfoliating the surface layers of the skin. The salicylic acid breaks the bonds that hold the skin cells together and causes them to break away, effectively peeling away the first layer of skin to promote the growth of new, healthier skin. This treatment is particularly beneficial for aging skin as it effectively regenerates and rejuvenates the skin on the face, making it appear younger and healthier.


This kind of peel is perfect for individuals who want to look younger, those who suffer from severe acne and blackheads, and those looking for a more even complexion. Salicylic acid peels are available over the counter and done at home. Expect to feel tingling, but uncomfortable burning is not normal. You should wash the peel off and consult a dermatologist if this occurs.  


Mandelic Acid Peel

Mandelic Acid Peels are derived from almonds and considered a “superficial peel” as it is gentle and ideal for sensitive skin. The peel works to loosen the connections between surface skin cells to allow them to shed naturally. It exfoliates the skin, clears pores, and promotes cell turnover. 


Unlike other, more aggressive peels, there are less known instances of Mandelic Acid Peels causing allergic reactions and irritation. Like Salicylic Peels, these peels can be purchased over the counter and applied at home. 


Avoid using the peel on tanned or sunburnt skin and avoid retinol products for at least 3-5 days before applying the peel. Unlike a Salicylic Acid Peel, there should be no visible peeling after removing a Mandelic Peel, but instead, the skin should slowly “flake” off. 


PCA 6% Retinol Peel

The PCA Retinol Peel comes in two strengths, 4%, and 6%. A healthcare professional must perform these peels, and a physician must administer the 6%. The peel contains pure retinol combined with antioxidants that work to improve skin texture as well as brighten and even out skin tones. Wrinkles are also often reduced through cellular turnover. Expect your face to visibly peel, often in sheets, for days following the procedure. The peel should not sting at all once applied, unlike other peels, and your skin will probably feel a little dry for a few days. You will want to make sure the peeling has healed before you start your daily skincare routine again as products will make the skin burn. As you wait, apply vaseline/petroleum products to help speed up recovery and reduce dryness. 


PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

Many individuals struggle with finding the right balance between moisturized and greasy skin and turn to Hyaluronic Acid Serums to help. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful serum that helps the skin retain moisture but is light and does not clog pores. Therefore, it is ideal for people who struggle with excess oil. PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum is a triple-phase treatment that penetrates the skin and heals it from the molecular level. The treatment helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and is ideal for aging skin.


The serum leaves a protective layer on the face, which makes skin tone appear more even. After application, you can expect your skin to feel soft and supple. This product can be purchased over the counter but expect to pay a premium price for this useful product. 


SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic

This product is an antioxidant combined with pure Vitamin E and C. It works to protect your skin against environmental damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells. They can be generated internally but also through external environmental sources like the sun, pollution, cigarette smoke, pesticides, etc. 


SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as firm up skin. It is paraben-free and ideal for dry and sensitive skin. Again, because this product is effective, it is also expensive. Expect to pay at least $150 for a 1 oz bottle. 


There are several treatments available for individuals who suffer from adult acne. Be proactive with your skin regimen and try new products. Your skin will thank you!