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What are the Types of Chemical Peels?

What are the Types of Chemical Peels

We often go in front of a mirror, questioning why our skin is like this. Full of imperfections, discolorations, scars, acne, and more. But we can’t stop it from happening. It’s a natural process and product of aging. All we can do is find the best treatment to reduce its appearance and achieve the smoothest and clearest appearance possible.

That is why we should take Chemical Peelings! It sounds harmful due to the word “chemical,” but it’s not, I promise! In this blog post, you’ll learn the types of chemical peelings. But before that, let us know what they are and their benefits. 

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peelings or chemical peels are a cosmetic procedure in which a chemical solution (containing acid) is utilized to remove the outermost layers of the skin, which can reveal a better appearance. When using a chemical peel, you should aim to enhance the appearance of your skin by reducing signs of aging, such as wrinkles, scars, and blemishes.

It can also be called chemexfoliation or dermapeeling, which causes injury to skin layers due to the applied chemical solution. (Don’t be alarmed as you read injury, it’s not harmful) The skin layers then peel off, revealing the younger-looking skin under the uppermost layer. This new skin is smoother, toner, and brighter in complexion. 

Chemical peelings can be performed on your face, neck, hands, and other body parts if you want. It is used to treat certain skin conditions and improve skin appearance by reducing aging signs, as mentioned earlier. 

Benefits of Chemical Peelings

When you undergo chemical peelings, expect that you can feel that you’re turning back the clock when your skin is still smooth. Yes, other methods like surgery and laser are more popular, yet you should consider chemical peelings as they are good for all skin types depending on the chemical peel you will be using.

Compared to other treatments, they are relatively affordable and can be done comfortably at home. So to further explain, here are the benefits of chemical peels you surely long for!

Reduces Fine Lines, Wrinkling, and Acne Breakouts

Having fine lines under the eyes or around the mouth is really annoying. If you add wrinkling and acne, it’s hard to smile and go out confidently. Fortunately, chemical peels can be the best way to reduce these appearances.

Chemical peelings can unclog pores and remove oil and dirt that lead to acne breakouts by removing dead skin cells in the outermost layer. They can also help to stimulate collagen production, improving overall appearance.

Smoother Skin

They can improve the appearance of aging signs like fine lines, scarring, wrinkles, acne, sun damage, and more. By these, you can experience smoother skin. The acid solution causes the outermost skin layer to peel off and reveal new skin under it.

There are a variety of types of chemical solutions that can be used for chemical peelings. They allow dead skin cells to shed more easily by dissolving the bonds that hold them. So if you want to have smoother skin, chemical peels are your best choice.

Prevents Skin Hyperpigmentation

One of the common skin concerns of people nowadays is experiencing hyperpigmentation which is caused by sun damage, hormonal changes, and injuries. To prevent this, chemical peels are one of the best effective treatments.

Hyperpigmentation gives your skin dark colors, whether it is in the form of freckles, dark spots, or large areas. Since chemical peels exfoliate, they even out the skin tone and remove discoloration by giving off new skin with a smoother texture.

Chemical peels are available in different intensities, so you should consult your dermatologist first. Higher concentrations may increase these dark colors, and you would not want that! So, achieve that brighter complexion with the best solution you can get.

Types of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a popular treatment for anti-aging concerns. They are available in 4 major types that are readily available for you. These types are where you can choose from.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

First, we have AHAs derived from fruit acids, which work by cleansing and exfoliating the top skin layer. This can be classified as a light chemical peel best used for fine wrinkling, discoloration, and scars.

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

BHAs, on the other hand, come from oils, and they all have antibacterial properties. They are ideal for treating acne-prone skin. BHAs are usually applied once or twice a week. Like AHAs, they can also be classified as light chemical peels that are often done in series, but recovery only takes a few hours or days. 

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)

Third, TCA is a strong solution type of chemical peel that is utilized to treat deeper wrinkles and scars. It increases in concentrations as performed in a series. This is classified as a medium peel penetrating up to the skin’s middle layer. Recovery may take a week.


Last, Phenol chemical peelings are the strongest chemical peel usually applied to treat deep acne scars or other severe skin concerns. Qualified healthcare professionals should perform it since it can be harsh. It is classified as a deep chemical peel that penetrates the innermost layer of skin. The results are more dramatic.


Chemical peelings aim to give you the opportunity to have a youthful appearance, but they are available in four major types and three classifications. It is best to ask your doctor what type of peel to use. Use light peels like AHAs and BHAs for the outermost layer, TCA for the middle layer, and Phenol for the innermost layer. You can get certain benefits on each. 

Ella Medical Aesthetics is here to help and guide you in your journey to the best skin appearance. They have chemical peels that are available in all types and classifications. They also offer different services depending on your likes and dislikes. Ella Medical Aesthetics can be your comfort if you’re tired of being insecure when standing in front of the mirror. Hugs with consent, my friend!

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