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The ABC of treatments with acids (chemical peel)
The ABC of treatments with acids (chemical peel). The season for exfoliation. Winter is the best time to carry out peel treatment on the skin of the face and body. It has been known for a long time that in the fight against the signs of aging...
By: Esse&Co Beauty
The season for exfoliation.
Winter is the best time to carry out peel treatment on the skin of the face and body. It has been known for a long time that in the fight against the signs of aging, discoloration and the first wrinkles, or acne, acids give great results. It is worth exposing your skin to its effects during winter because this is the time when the skin is not exposed to intense sunlight.
How do cosmetic chemical peels work?
The action of peels on the face comes down to the exfoliation of the epidermis. After such treatment, the skin is thoroughly cleansed, and exfoliation reveals smooth skin with a pleasant texture. Many acids also have an anti-aging effect and contribute to the reduction of wrinkles, others are excellent for discoloration, such as glycolic acid. Some are recommended in anti-acne treatments, e.g. mandelic acid, which has anti-acne properties documented in numerous medical studies. The strongest acids allow for deep exfoliation, allowing to reach the dermis, where they support collagen renewal and stimulate regenerative processes.
The action of the acid depends on its type and concentration. It is very important to choose the acid according to your skin type – then even a single treatment will bring the desired effect and restore a healthy skin tone.
Classification of acids – which acid to choose?
Cosmetic acids, which are currently used not only in beauty salons but also in cosmetics intended for home skin care, are divided into 3 main groups: alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), beta-hydroxyl acids (BHA), and new generation acids – polyhydroxy acids (PHA).
Alpha-hydroxy acids are the most used in skincare, which is why they are also the most popular. What distinguishes them is the exfoliating effect on the surface of the epidermis. AHA peels also help to lighten discoloration, regulate the process of epidermis keratinization, and stimulate collagen production. At a concentration higher than pH 3-4.5, they moisturize the skin. These are water-soluble acids and are recommended mainly for dry, normal, mature, acne-prone, and discolored skin.
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