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The latest at-home chemical peels for all skin types and tones

Discover the latest at-home peels that will help reduce acne, smooth lines and banish pigmentation all within the comfort of your own home

Chemical peels are the answer to smooth, glowing complexions, as they cut through layers of dull dead skin, treat acne, reduce pigmentation and plump up lines and wrinkles.

Traditionally a peel can be left on cleansed skin from anywhere between three minutes to 12 hours. They are made up of exfoliating acids like alpha hydroxy acids – think lactic acid, glycolic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, and citric acid as well as beta hydroxy acids like salicylic acid. The deepest peels are usually created using carbolic acid or trichloroacetic acid.

When it comes to acne, peels keep sebum, dirt and dead skin from clogging pores thus reducing the development of blemishes, while some also work on acne scarring by causing controlled trauma to the skin that triggers its repair mechanisms, boosting collagen and elastin production. This also helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyperpigmentation can also be treated with a peel – as the exfoliating acids can not only remove the top layer of skin but can also penetrate down to the dermis, the skin’s middle layer, to reveal even newer skin cells. The reduction in build-up of dead skin cells also allows for better penetration of your skincare arsenal for healthier skin all around.

You can opt for in-clinic medical grade versions or at-home masks, pads and solutions that offer impressive results at a slower speed. Read on for the latest at home options for all skin types and tones...

iS Clinical Active Peel System

Suitable for all skin types and levels of the Fitzpatrick scale, this two-step pharmaceutical-grade peel system has been designed to be used every day, and it couldn’t be easier or more gentle. Step one is the exfoliation part, that requires you simply wipe your face with a biodegradable sheet doused in botanically derived AHA’s to increase cell turnover and cut through dead skin cells, while salicylic acid offers a deep clean out of pores and quells inflammation. Wait three minutes then swipe the second sheet over your face to neutralise the peel and soothe the skin. The step two sheet contains extremozymes that are clinically proven to protect and repair, humectant pentylene which adds hydration, and growth factor copper tripeptide-1, which boosts collagen production.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Ideal for blemish-prone, oily or combination types, this non-abrasive formula is laced with BHA salicylic acid to remove dead skin cells both on the skin’s surface and within the pores. Combined with its anti-inflammatory properties, this helps to reduce blemishes and blackheads for a clearer, more even textured complexion. Aiding blemish-busting salicylic acid is methylpropanediol which hydrates and enhances absorption so you can get the most out of this peel. It’s also packed with green tea extract that bathes skin in antioxidants that soothe and protect. To use this toner-like peel, lightly soak a cotton pad and gently apply over the entire face and neck, including the eye area (avoiding the lash line and eyelids). Start every other day, slowly building up to twice daily – and be sure to use an SPF so as not to undo all your hard work.

Dr. Gennis Gross Skincare Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Overnight Texture Renewal Peel

Peel pads aren’t anything new for this brand, but their latest boasts their highest concentration of retinol saturated on one yet! The savvy among you will know that retinol is not an exfoliant, but it does speed up cell turnover which helps get newer skin cells to the surface quicker – it also boosts hydration, collagen and elastin. In this formula the actual exfoliation comes by way of salicylic acid, which will help resurface the skin and even out skin tone and texture, while the retinol will help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. And if that wasn’t enough, squalane, hyaluronic acid and cucumber extract hydrate and soothe for a plump and radiant complexion.

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