Check out our list of the top five chemical peels, from the lightest to the deepest peel available. Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels Alpha hydroxy acids, also known as AHAs, are one of the most popular ingredients in a mild chemical peel.
A Jessner's peel is a combination of 3 fruit acids mixed together to give you a wonderful light chemical peel. It is made up of 14% lactic acid, resorcinal and salicyclic acids and is done every 2 weeks for a series of 4-6 peels at $175 per peel for the face.
Similar to glycolic acid peels, lactic acid peels are alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). Derived from milk, they are very mild chemical peels with little to no downtime. Because lactic acid is a natural human metabolite, there is less chance of an allergic reaction with this type of peel.
Information about mandelic acid peels and what they do | Mandelic acid peels are a type of alpha hydroxy (AHA) peel, similar to glycolic acid and lactic acid peels. Because mandelic acid molecules are larger than both that of glycolic and lactic acid, mandelic peels are less penetrating and irritating, but still very effective for treating damaged skin. Mandelic acid peels are a great choice for a first-time chemical peel.
Progressive Chemical Peel Progressive Peels are the least aggressive, removing only the outer layer of the skin with no real visible peeling. Repeated treatments on a regular basis (1 time per month in a perfect world for maintenance,and up to once a week to correct damage) will cause mild exfoliation of the skin with cumulative effects.
TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid and is a common agent used for chemical peeling, one type of facial resurfacing. It comes in varying concentrations, allowing for varying depths of peeling (depending on the concentration). TCA peels can help treat pigmentation, discoloration, fine lines and aging grooves.