Friday, January 20, 2012

At Home Chemical Peels - Are They Safe?

Working for a manufacturer that produces and sells chemical peels on the open market, the most common question I get asked is “Are peels safe for home use?".  It's not a question of whether the peels are safe really…. it boils down to how intelligent the user is. I hate to be blunt but, so many people will jump into things head first without even doing the most basic amount of research.  

Buying and using a chemical peel is like purchasing a chainsaw to cut down a tree. If you know how to use a chainsaw, you will most likely be successful and keep all your limbs. If you have never touched a chainsaw in your life, make sure you have really good medical insurance before you start it up. And why do these folks always buy the most powerful, dangerous “chainsaw” available then try to hold the “chainsaw company” at fault when things go bad?

Of course, the majority of consumers operate at a higher level of responsibility – asking questions, following instructions, using caution, and consulting professionals.  If you have this skill set, at-home chemical peels can be perfectly safe and a great way to rejuvenate your skin without having to spend a ton of money.

There are a certain key points to make, having said that:  1) all at home chemical peels are created equal,  2) not all companies offering peel solutions are scrupulous  3) YOU MUST BE ABLE TO CALL THE COMPANY.  This is where we circle back around to due diligence, researching, asking questions, and knowing information about the company you're purchasing from.  If you're buying a "mix it yourself" chemical peel from Ebay, you can count on something going awry.  Never purchase a peel under a "free trial".  It is never free, 9 times out of 10 you cannot reach a human, GOD only knows what you are getting and you can be pretty sure they are going to hit your credit card for a hefty amount within 4 weeks.  

So what question should you ask?  What's easy!  First of all, make sure you can get a hold of them via the phone, they have an address posted on the website, and you hit the jackpot if they offer phone consultations.  Things like “do you manufacture your products?”, “what is the pH of your peel solutions”, “are your raw materials made in the US?”  are just a few to help you feel out the company.  All peels have 3 components – percent of acid, pH level, and buffered or unbuffered.  In order to compare apples to apples, you need to know those 3 components on all peels you are considering.  And if you have NO experience in peeling, have them help you select the solution to be sure you are getting the correct one.

Remember, you may be saving a ton of money but, you are losing out on the professionals expertise.  This is why doing your homework is so important.  Below are a few pointers to help guide you:

         SCALY SKIN CONDITIONS (psoriasis, sebaceous dermatitis, eczema). 

Oh, and “peeling” doesn’t mean you will always have big chunks of skin falling off your face.  Some peels show little to no visible shedding BUT that doesn’t mean they don’t work!  Good luck and happy peeling! 

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