Light Chemical Peel Solutions for the Skin

Do you have a dull, dry skin that lacks luster?

Then a chemical peel solution may be the answer.

Yesterday I looked at superficial peels, but for the purpose of today, lets look at some of these light peels in greater detail:

Light Chemical Peels

Tartaric, malic and citric acid
These light chemical peel solutions are much gentler than their popular cousin glycolic, instead they are similar to a very gentle exfoliation.

If I was to ever use a peel on my clients skin this is all I would ever use, the great thing about these types of superficial peels, is that they don’t rely on a lot of down time and can be carried out at home.

Glycolic Acid
This is a really popular chemical peeling agent within the industry.

It comes in a number of different strengths, from thirty to ninety percent.

The strength of the acid determines how deep it will penetrate the skin.

Glycolic Acid has a low pH and small molecular structure, which means it penetrates deeper.

Salicylic Acid
This is one of the most interesting hydroxy acids, it is oil soluble, which means it can penetrate deep into minuscule pores, making salicylic acid, a great treatment for oily skin conditions.

Lactic Acid
This little ingredient is great for brightening the skin.

Interestingly lactic acid also has a natural moisturising effect, making it a good treatment for a dehydrated skin.

Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative, whilst not a peel it is worth a mention, as it naturally encourages cellular renewal.

It is a very active ingredient that can help with the formation of blood vessels, by strengthening the capillary wall.

It also helps to boost collagen production, so it is a great choice for a mature skin.

TCA or Trichloroacetic Acid
This acid is used for medium and deep phenol peels, it is a non toxic acid and has self neutralising and keratolytic properties.

Jessner is a good example of this peel, which contains a number of acids at around 14 percent:

  • Lactic
  • Resorcinol
  • Salicylic Acid

This acid is often used at low concentrations, in a combination with other different acids for a milder peel.


This information I have shared, because a number of my clients have asked for me to share it; however I come from a less is more philosophy; therefore I prefer not to use peels in my practice.

The main reason is, I feel trauma to the skin causes premature ageing, so I am all about gently restoring and repairing the skin.

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