Home acid peels are another great way reduce, and in many cases eliminate hyperpigmentation altogether.
Although the term “chemical peel” may make you feel immediately nervous, if used carefully they can improve the look and feel of your skin dramatically.
There are numerous home peels to choose from, so which is the best peel for hyperpigmentation?
Here’s a break down of what’s available.
• Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is a natural substance sourced from sugar cane, and is probably the most common and widely used acid. The acid comes in different strengths to give varying depths of peel. A 30% glycolic solution is very mild, and will cause little or no skin peeling or flaking, and your skin will be completely back to normal in around 7 days. An excellent all round acid peel.
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• Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid is another natural fruit acid which comes from the bark of the willow tree. It’s a versatile substance which you will find in many cosmetics, most commonly found in anti aging creams. Salicylic peels are great for oily and acne prone skin. This peel will deeply exfoliate the skin and cleanse blocked pores.
• TCA Peels
TCA peels (Trichloroacetic Acid) are the strongest home peels you can buy. They can give dramatic results but must be used with caution. This kind of peel is only recommended for people who have had plenty of experience with home skin peels.
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• Alpha Beta Peels
Alpha Beta peels are peels that use a combination of an Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) acid and a Beta Hydroxy (BHA) acid. Glycolic is an AHA acid and Salicylic is a BHA acid. Alpha Beta peels combine the power of both acids into one peel. A low solution Salicylic is usually applied first, followed by a stronger Glycolic solution.
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• Kojic Acid Peel – Best peel for hyperpigmentation.
Kojic (AHA) acid is a natural acid created when fermenting rice to make the popular Japanese drink – Sake. Kojic acid is an excellent skin lightening agent, and used in many skin lightening creams. A Kojic acid peel will gently and effectively lighten hyperpigmentation, dark spots and melasma. Often known as a “brightening peel”, this is our peel of choice for treating hyperpigmentation.
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If used sensibly and correctly, a home acid peel will definitely improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark skin spots.