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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | Are At-Home Chemical Peels Dangerous?

Are At-Home Chemical Peels Dangerous?

When it comes to your skin, the word "peel" may harken back to the day you got too much sun and your skin started peeling from a sunburn.

Definitely not a good thing, right?

Right. That's because any visible peeling is a sign of actual skin damage. You never want to see your skin peel.

But chemical peels - ones that are properly formulated to provide results without any visible peeling (ie. Damage) - are great and safe to perform at home! In fact, daily use of an at-home chemical peel is the key to the gorgeous, glowing skin we all want.

At-home chemical peels contain some form of key chemical designed to provide exfoliation. This can include ridding the skin of dull, dead skin cells. In the case of peels with glycolic acid, the peel also works to break up the plugs of dead skin cells and oil that can result in blemishes and enlarged pores, and even can motivate collagen production.

How At-Home Peels Are Different

A variety of peel ingredients and strengths are available, but not all of them for purchase are for at-home use. Peels can come in three varieties:

- Superficial: Superficial peels are examples of at-home peels. These are mild and suitable for all skin types. They provide a "refreshed" appearance to the skin. Glycolic acid is an example of a superficial ingredient in a chemical peel.

- Medium: Medium peels create a similar effect to that of a second-degree burn to the skin. An example of an ingredient in a medium-depth chemical peel is trichloracetic acid (TCA).

- Deep: Deep chemical peels require a significant amount of recovery time because they create second-degree burns and are not appropriate for all skin types. These peels should only be performed at doctor's office or surgery center. Examples include a phenol peel.

The existence of several different chemical peel types means that some chemical peels - the deeper ones - can come with their side effects, risks, and must only be performed by trained professionals. However, BeautyRx's The Progressive Peel, an at-home superficial peel, is designed to have no side effects and instead offer the benefits of refreshed, exfoliated skin.

How Is The Progressive Peel Safe?

The Progressive Peel utilizes both technique - Progressive Exfoliation - and formulation technology - pH adjusting and buffering - to be highly effective while also safe for nightly at-home use.

Your skin can, over time, adapt to increasing strengths of glycolic exfoliation. Dr. Schultz's proven exfoliating technique leverages this fact. With Progressive Exfoliation, you gradually increase the strength of your exfoliants in order to achieve maximum exfoliation at home without any irritation. Furthermore, pH adjusting and buffering ensures that the actual glycolic acid is consistently effective over time, yet remains gentle.

Dr. Neal Schultz, the inventor of The Progressive Peel, calls the exfoliation achieved by using his chemical peel as "invisible exfoliation" because there's no visible peeling, just results. This means by applying The Progressive Peel on a regular basis, you can achieve high-level exfoliation in a way that's safe and takes less than a minute to apply on a nightly basis. And as you increase the strength of the peel over time through Progressive Exfoliation, you can increase its beneficial results including brighter, smoother, and firmer skin.

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