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Acid Peels: What’s So Appealing?

Choice upon Choice

It’s always reassuring to have a wealth of choice. In fact, we believe this diversity has helped support the burgeoning popularity of acid peel treatments. For the sake of brevity, however, we’re keeping our assessment of these exfoliating treatments to just three commonly used acids:

1. AHAs 

Known in full as alpha hydroxy acids, AHAs are naturally derived substances found in citrus fruit, apples, cane sugar and even sour milk. Lactic and glycolic acid are the most commonly used AHAs, representing some of the gentlest peel formulas available. Providing a light treatment, patients can use them as part of their day-to-day skin care regime treating a raft of skin complaints.

2. BHAs

In many ways, beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are similar to AHAs, with the same strength and depth depending on percentages and pH levels. These mild peels are often recommended for oily, acne-prone skin as they actively penetrate pores. This action can be accounted to their oil soluble qualities, unlike water soluble AHAs. In this way, they penetrate the skin more rapidly, but beware: BHAs don’t boast the same humectant capabilities seen in AHAs, leading to dry, irritated skin.

3. Phenol 

Coming in as the most intensive of our list, phenol is applied as a one-off treatment by a professional surgeon in a medical setting. Used for removing scars, lessening wrinkles and resolving pigmentation problems, this is a truly deep peel, requiring a lengthy recovery period.

The ‘Little and Often’ Approach

We have to admit it: AHAs are our personal favourite for the very good reason that they enable a ‘little and often’ approach. This is possible thanks to the gentle L-lactic Acid eliminating downtime, as is seen in our Aspect Dr 20% Lactobotanical Peel. By adopting this method, clients can continue with their daily lives uninterrupted by irksome healing times.

What’s more, choosing this more superficial approach minimises inflammation, a recognised risk factor for premature ageing. The question may still remain: why have we discounted BHAs? It all comes down to those dehydrating side effects causing further trauma to the skin. AHA peels, on the other hand, effectively reduce the appearance of aged, acne-prone and uneven skin whilst simultaneously protecting the skin from further harm. What could be better?

Boost the appeal of your aesthetic clinic with our gentle acid peels. Choose from Aspect Dr’s 20% and 30% lactobotanical peel online today. Simply contact our team on 0845 505 9800 to order your supply.