Facial Peels

This is another facial practice that should not be reserved only for the financially well endowed. One should exercise caution when using peels. Using the wrong peel on the wrong type of skin will cause more harm than good.

A peel is simply removing the dead layers of the skin (and sometimes living cells depending the depth of the peel) using a chemical agent. You can purchase a salicylic, glycolic, lactic or enzyme peel at a beauty or drug store and try it on your skin. Read the labels of the skin peels that you are considering using.

The labels should explain whether or not the peels are suitable for active acne and how to use them. One peel that is readily available in beauty supply stores is the AHA or alpha hydroxyl acid peels. There are five types of AHA peels available on the skin care market which are: glycolic, lactic, malic, citric, and tartaric acids, with glycolic acid peels being one of the most popular.

In addition to the AHA peels, there is the BHA (beta hydroxyl acid) peel. Salicylic acid is the only available BHA. Alpha hydroxyl acids and beta hydroxyl acids work by chemically burning off or un-sticking the outer layer of dead skin cells.

This process reveals a more youthful layer of the skin while improving skin texture, unclogging pores, and improving the effectiveness of other beauty products since they can better penetrate the skin. The chief difference between AHA and BHA peels is that alpha hydroxyl acids are water- soluble and beta hydroxyl acids are fatsoluble.

This means that BHA (i.e. salicylic acid) peels can penetrate the oil in the pores and remove built-up dead cells and waste within the oil gland. For this reason, BHA peels are highly suitable for those suffering from pimples and blackheads. AHA peels are best for dry and thickened skin.

Keeping up the Peel

The beauty of the peel is that it pulls up toxins within your skin while removing dead cells. This action helps reduce acne in two ways: 1. The toxins beneath the skin are removed before the can rise to the surface of the skin and cause more acne flare-ups and 2. Dead skin is removed from the skin so that these cells cannot cause cell build-up and clog the pores, which causes acne.

Because they are so potent, peels should be a central part of the skin care regime of anyone dealing with acne. If you have ever had a successful deep peel before, you probably fell in love with how perfect and smooth your complexion felt afterwards, I know I did. But this complexion will not last unless you take active steps to maintain it. Peel your skin and help yourself constantly reveal the newer you. I implore you to find a peel that works for you and use it diligently and wisely.

Home Facial Peels

Then again, in the book “Home Remedies, What Works”, a contributor suggests using oatmeal once a day to help with acne. To create the mask or peel, just make a bowl of oatmeal according to the containers instructions.
Then let the oatmeal cool in a bowl. Once cooled, place the oatmeal over the entire face. Then cover the face with a clean damp washcloth for 15 minutes (make sure your nose is free for easy breathing). Finally, rinse the mask off.
This may sound like just another wise tale for acne, but I am not here to offer short-lived miracles. There’s actually some science behind Grandma’s suggestion. For instance, azelaic acid is a saturated dicarboxylic acid that’s found in foods such as wheat, rye and barley. Azelaci acid can simultaneously exfoliate and disinfect the skin much the same way benzoly peroxide does.
So, why not put on some oatmeal and give yourself a beautifying double whammy. Thanks granny! Additionally you can create your own lactic (milk) or papaya peel at home. Refer to Appendix G for instructions on how to create these and other peels.

Keys to remember

Avoid picking zits or forcibly removing dead skin while you peel your skin. This can result in scarring, the last thing you need, because the skin underneath the peeling skin is very fragile and susceptible to scarring. Be patient and allow your peel to help reveal the healthier you.


The peel is breaking up dead skin cells and going deeper into the skin to pull up toxins. These toxins are absorbed in the mask. As you rinse away the peel imagine that you are revealing fresh, new and healthy skin.


I use a peel when my skin looks dull. This means that there is a lot of dead cells resting on my face and they need to come off. This is usually once a week. You want to be careful with peels because overuse could cause your skin to age faster, which we don’t want. Use the guidelines provided by the maker of the peel to decide how often to use them.

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