Peels have been a buzzword in anti-aging for many years. However, understanding which ingredients used in peels is right for your particular skin type is important. HEALTH presents the top ingredients commonly found in peels and how they work.
Defined: Glycolic acid is the most common peeling agent. It comes in different strengths as well as different pH levels, which will determine how deep it penetrates and the amount of peeling that will occur.
Best for: Fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, skin texture, and skin brightening.
Defined: Salicylic acid is unique amongst the hydroxy acids in that it can penetrate deeper into the oil glands, triggering exfoliation even in the oily areas of the face and scalp.
Best for:Acne and oily skin.
Defined: Lactic acid is found in milk and is less irritating than other AHAs. It is ideal for skin brightening.
Best for: Pigmentation, dry or dehydrated skin, sensitive skin, and rosacea.
Defined: Fruit enzymes used in peels include papain from papaya, bromelain from pineapple, and protease from cranberry. They are antibacterial and promote cell renewal.
Best for: Acne, rosacea, dehydrated skin, hyper-reactive, and sensitive skin.
Defined: Malic acid comes from apples and pears and like lactic acid, is a weaker AHA than glycolic acid.
Best for: Acne, photo damage, rosacea, superficial pigmentation, and eczema.