Both chemical peels and enzyme peel exfoliation can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. However, it is important that you do not end up with a product that offers both procedures for the same results. In order for one product to be considered as a chemical peel vs an enzyme peel, it must contain specific AHAs and BHAs. Chemical Peels contains alpha hydroxy chemicals (AHAs), which help to exfoliate and brighten the skin. AHAs are sometimes also called alpha hydroxyl acids or beta hydroxyl acids.
AHAs are usually made from fruit acids. Some examples of common AHAs are Beta-Glucan, Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, monosodium urate, tannic acid and citric acid. Chemical peels may require a more prolonged recovery time, because they work deep into the epidermal layer and may require hospitalization if they are performed on the hands or feet. There are four steps in the recovery process; first, swelling and redness may occur because of the chemical peels. Second, your epidermis may become irritated, and third you will begin to shed dead cells, finally, new cells will form and the redness will subside.
When compared to chemical peels, enzyme peels involve the use of enzymes vs. fruit enzymes. The purpose of enzyme peels is to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, fade age spots and sun damage. This procedure requires no downtime for recovery and may require only one treatment if the affected area is small.
Chemical peels require a chemical peel, but do not have the exfoliating benefits of enzymes. To exfoliate your face, you need to include an exfoliating product, followed by a good quality moisturizer. Your skincare routine should always include at least a good exfoliating product and moisturizer. Never use a chemical peel before exfoliating. If you exfoliate your face, use a moisturizer immediately after to lock in the moisture you achieved during your chemical peel.
One of the key ingredients in successful facial peels is the use of beta-Glucan. Beta-Glucan is derived from sugar cane, and it works by breaking down the proteins in your dead cells layer. It can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For this reason, people who suffer with acne should look for an anti-acne product with beta-Glucan. The more functional keratin present in your skin, the softer it will be and the younger it will be.
BHA is the active form of beta hydroxy acid. It is available in both creams and lotions, and it works by removing the top layer of the skin, along with the dead cells. You should consult your doctor or aesthetician regarding the correct concentration of BHA to meet your skin care needs.