It is recommended to use peeling 1-2 times weekly to remove dead skin cells, refresh the skin and cleanse deeper. Nevertheless, there are basically two types of peeling formulations on the market: Mechanical peeling creams and chemical peeling creams.
Mechanical peeling creams contain peel grains and are rubbed gently in circular movements. Almost immediately, the cream is rinsed off. This formula fits most skin types and conditions, except for acne and oily skin. The reason why is because of the grinding and movements, which may stimulate the sebum (oil) production and worsen the conditions. These skin conditions should use chemical peelings instead.
Chemical peelings do not contain any grains. On the other hand, they contain acids, which peel the skin chemically. Examples include lactic acid, salicylic acid and hydroxy-acids. Chemical peelings can be used by all skin types except very sensitive or irritated skin. They are the bets choice for acne and oily skin types. Another point worth mentioning is that you should be extra careful in the sun for 1-2 days after the peeling, since it may potentially increase the chances of sunburn.
Recently, I was at a skin therapy session downtown, and the session inspired me to write more about skin types and skin conditions. The skin therapist analyzed my skin, and told me I had normal to oily skin regarding skin type, but that my skin condition (which is not constant), was quite dehydrated. People often mixed the terms dry and dehydrated skin, but they are quite different. Whereas a dry skin is lacking oil/fat, dehydrated skin is lacking moisture (water).
We went over and analyzed my daily skin therapy routine, and discussed what to be optimized.
Here’s what I used before the skin session:
- Moisturizer, I tend to use two different types, one purely water-based and one that is richer if I feel my skin is dry or tired
- Peeling (acid-based) approximately once weekly
What was suggested to optimize the routine:
- Cleanser (mild)
- Moisturizing serum
- Moisturizer – strictly water-based
- Peeling (acid-based) 1-2 times weekly
- Hydrating masks once in a while
I got a tester of a serum they recommended from Elisabeth Arden Pro (Age defyingserum). It was nice and gave the skin more moisture, but it contained lactic acid and a retinoid conjugate, and a few other irritating ingredients, which is not so suit able for my sensitive skin. My skin got redder and a little irritated. I therefore decided to purchase another serum later, I just have to do some research first.