Best At-Home Chemical Peel for Hyperpigmentation

At-home chemical peels

Looking for the best at-home chemical peel for hyperpigmentation and age spots? We'll show you what to look for in a home acid peel and what chemical solutions and active ingredients offer the best results.

These days you can buy almost anything online and unfortunately, some people may have damaged their skin by using medium peels or even deep peels like trichloroacetic acid (TCA peels) at home.

If you're going to be using chemical exfoliants at home, make sure they're superficial peels or light peels are the type of chemical peel that can be used safely at-home.

Depending on the ingredients and strength, chemical peels can be used for a variety of issues from dark spots and sun damage to reducing deep acne scars - which usually should be done with professional peels in a dermatologist's office for the safest and best results.

Different types of at-home chemical peels

Ok, what type of acid peel is best to reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation?

Well, first check out the active ingredients. While all chemical skin peels will exfoliate dead skin cells, improve the appearance of fine lines, provide smoother skin, not all home chemical peels are the same. They have different active ingredients to target specific skin concerns.

There are basically two types of chemical peels designed for home use. These two peels contain different acids for different results:

Salicylic Acid Peel

If you have issues with acne, oily skin, clogged pores or inflamed breakouts, this BHA will target deep into your pores to help clear them out. Many salicylic acid peels also contain mandelic acid (which also part of the beta hydroxy acids BHA) and can also help acne-prone skin.

Is this one of the best at-home chemical peel for hyperpigmentation? Not unless you have post acne hyperpigmentation. The active ingredients have a slight whitening effect on the skin. And mandelic acid can also help improve skin discoloration. But, if you don't have these specific issues, I'd skip it.

Glycolic/Lactic Acid Peel

Both glycolic and lactic acid are alpha-hydroxy acids and are great for any age related skin condition. If you have issues with dry skin, dull skin, uneven skin tone, rough skin texture, age spots, brown spots these peels are your best bet.

They offer numerous anti-aging benefits like collagen production, and stimulate new skin cells. These water-soluble acids are derived from plants and fruit acids. They are usually safe for sensitive skin and darker skin tones. Just always make sure to do a patch test before using.

Best chemical peel for hyperpigmentation

Best Home Peels for Pigmentation?

Glycolic and lactic acid peels are the best at home peels for your desired results. But which one (glycolic peel or lactic peel) is best for you? That depends on your skin type. This is something you might have to try and see how your skin reacts.

Generally both of these alpha hydroxy acids will help with hyperpigmentation and discoloration, but some women feel that glycolic acid peel are more potent peels. Others say that glycolic peels make their skin feel dry and tight.

So if you have dry skin, it's a good idea to try a lactic acid peel first. Start with a lower concentrations and over time work up to the higher concentrations.

Personally, I'm a fan of lactic acid. It is a gentler exfoliant that's suitable for dry to sensitive skin types.

My favorite at-home chemical peels are from the Skin Beauty Solutions line.

They offer a wide range of peels glycolic, lactic and salysilic acid along with buffered and even combination chemical peels. 

Their products come in small, inexpensive sizes (15 ml up to 16 oz. bottles) so you can try different strengths to see what works best for your skin type.

Best At-Home Chemical Peel for Hyperpigmentation 

Q: Is it possible to get more dark spots after chemical peel?

A: Yes, it's possible to get more dark spots if you don't take care of your skin after a home (or in-office) chemical treatment. If possible, try to do the at-home peel at night and avoid prolonged sun exposure for the next few days after treatment. Also, make sure always use a sunscreen.

Q: I just turned 48 and all I use is a vitamin C serum that contains kojic acid. Should I be using a face peel too? What's the benefit?

A: The long term benefits of an at-home face peel are many, including improved collagen production, reduction in the appearance of fine lines, sun spots, brown spots, and better absorption of skincare products. Plus, makeup goes on smoother and your skin texture takes on a beautiful sheen.

Q: When I hear chemical peeling, I think of cosmetic treatments like office peels for deep scars and lots of peeling.

A: Most at home facial peels, are superficial peels and are pretty gentle compared to what you'd get at your dermatologist's office. You won't get the same results as a professional office peel, but, a regular at-home treatment can help improve the tone and texture of your skin. In fact, some derms recommend them as a boosting treatment in between professional in-office treatments. However, keep in mind, if you leave the product on too long or don't follow instructions, you can cause some minor skin burns. So always use with caution.

Q: What about at home TCA peels. 

A: Even though you can purchase TCA peels (trichloroacetic acid) online, they are very powerful, and many skincare professionals recommend against using them at-home.

Q: I've used glycolic acid peels at home, but my skin feels very dry the day after. Does that mean it's not right for me?

A: Try different peels, maybe lactic acid peel might suite your skin better. If your skin is not irritated and looks good, then I'd stay with glyolic acid peels, just moisturize well after each treatment. Here's a tip: Add a layer of hyaluronic acid serum on damp skin. Then seal it in with a good hydrating moisturizer. Let that sit for a bit before adding makeup. Your skin will have that "glass" sheen.

Q: There are so many skin peels at home products. Which ones are best?

A: You'll really have to try different ones and see what works best for you. I like Skin Beauty Solutions for their price and quality. But there are a ton of them online and on Amazon. Here's a tip: If your skin is dry, look for peels that contain lactic acid. If your skin is normal to oily, then try the glycolic acid home peels. Just make sure these are home peels that you can use without a dermatologists support.

Q: How long before I start to see results using a home peel product?

A: Most see results after just one use. Skin will be clearer, softer and smoother with reduced appearance of fine lines. But, regular use of facial peels will improve the color, tone and surface of the skin. Most people report more radiant skin in a few months.

Q: I noticed some burnt spots after chemical peel, is this normal?

A: Yes, this can happen if you leave the chemical solution on too long. It can also happen if your skin is sensitive (like areas around the nose and lips), or you used a strong solution. It's always best to start with the lowest percentage solution, leave on for the shortest time recommended, and do a test spot first.

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