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Why Chemical Peels Aren’t for Everyone

Chemical peels have been steadily growing in popularity over the years as an anti-aging skin treatment. These peels work by peeling away lawyers of skin to reveal a fresher layer underneath. While they are also used to treat issues like hyperpigmentation and scarring, the main concern of users is typically treating fine lines and wrinkles. However, there are some drawbacks to these peels, which can be very intensive treatments and are not for everyone. Those with sensitive skin or just want to look into other options for reducing the look of their fine lines and wrinkles should consider products like NeriumAD.

Chemical peels are basically strong exfoliators, dissolving the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together. The strength will depend on the chemical used and the concentration. Popular types of peels include glycolic acid and lactic acid, and range from superficial to deep intensities. Many receive peels in a doctor’s office, but you can buy lower potency peels to administer at home-although using such a severe treatment yourself can be risky. The deepest of chemical peels may require the patient to even undergo anesthesia. Even with take home peels, you should always talk to a dermatologist about using peels safely or using products like neutralizers to reduce the side effects. However, you should consider whether it’s worth it to use a product with so many side effects in the first place.

Although they can be effective, there are many drawbacks to chemical peels that will depend on your skin. Especially with stronger peels, you can experience redness, dryness, irritation, crusting, scaling, sun sensitivity, and skin peeling days after the peel. You may have to plan your whole week around your chemical peel, avoiding the sun or special events where you wouldn’t want to be red and peeling. Bad reactions may require weeks to get over. But some reactions are more harmful, including:

• Skin infection
• Scarring
• Risks involved with use of anesthesia or other sedation methods
• Allergic reactions
• Swelling, which usually occurs in the eye area
• In rare cases, deep peels that use phenol can cause kidney, liver, or heart failure

You may wonder whether chemical peels are worth the risks. As you consider the best option for you, keep in mind that there are other gentler yet effective products available. Personally, I prefer topical products that I can easily use in my daily routine-no appointments necessary. I mentioned a great product earlier, NeriumAD, which is the only product of its kind to contain Nerium oleander extract, which has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Recent improvements in extraction techniques help make the extract more effective than ever as NeriumAD helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. Instead of hiding for a week after your chemical peel as your skin heals, you can simply use the healing powers of Nerium oleander extract nightly for amazing results.

John Booths