Depending on their level of exfoliation, peels can
provide dramatic results. If not handled properly,
however, peels could leave skin in a vulnerable state. This
can mean raw, thinner, more sensitive skin that will be
more difficult to manage.
Facial peels in acidic pH formulas may vary in their
level of irritation. The lower the pH value, the stronger
the acid activity. Acids are effective exfoliants, but
acid-based peels that contain more than 10% total acid
and have a pH below 3. 5, should be done under the
guidance of an esthetician.
In general, peels are placed in three categories: deep,
medium and superficial, as explained in Peel Levels.
More intense peels should only be considered for severe
cases and after a great deal of research. The safest
alternative to getting such harsh peels is receiving multiple
sessions of superficial peels. Superficial peels can be
found in significant strengths like 30% acid strength with
3. 5 acidity levels when visiting a professional, or find them
in 8–10% levels for home use. This minimizes the risk of
overdoing it, and the client will be satisfied with fewer peel
sessions than they may have thought.
In general, chemical peels that contain more than 30%
total acid and have a pH below 3. 5, should always be done
under the guidance of a skin care professional. If left on
long enough and in high concentrations, even superficial
Peels can provide dramatic results.