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Enzyme Peels vs. Chemical Peels: Which one is right for your skincare regimen?

Posted on: February 28th, 2012 by Elysiann Bishop

Enzyme Peel vs. Chemical PeelIt’s a jungle out there – in the world of skincare, that is! And the realm of skin peels is no exception. Most peels gain their effectiveness from two basic categories of ingredients: Enzymes or chemicals. Both offer exfoliation of skin cells to varying degrees, leaving skin brighter and smoother and better prepared to accept hydration. But which one is best for your skin’s health? Well, it depends! Here, I’ll break down the basics of each.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can provide a variety of results, depending on the strength of the treatment. Chemical compounds including salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid are often used. These peels range on the spectrum from superficial to medium to deep as far as how much they penetrate the skin’s layers. Chemical peels exfoliate dead skin cells and can also remove living cells. While effective, chemical peels are associated with heightened sun sensitivity and may not be appropriate for all skin types. In addition, medium and deep chemical peels may require weeks of down time due to pain, redness, and even scabbing – and as such, it can take weeks to see benefits to the skin. Chemical peels are generally administered by physicians or estheticians on a periodic basis.



Chemical structure of salicylic acid


Enzyme Peels

Enzyme peels offer a more gentle solution that can be incorporated into a regular skincare regimen. These treatments can speed up natural chemical reactions in the skin that renew skin cells while exfoliating dead cells. Enzymes are also reported to diminish scars, age spots, fine lines, and discoloration, and may also penetrate the skin to cleanse pores and improve skin tone and texture. The most amazing thing about enzyme peels is that they do not damage or remove live tissue! They exfoliate ONLY dead cells, which is a big reason why enzyme peels are great for nearly all skin types. Because there is no injury to live skin, there’s no down time – so no hiding out in the dark at home for days on end!

Devotees of enzyme peels love the immediate, visible results of these skincare treatments. Some may use enzyme peels at home in between professionally administered treatments. With enzyme peels, look for natural ingredients like papain from papaya, bromelain from pineapple, pumpkin pulp, or mucor miehei extract from Japanese mushrooms. Most people can use these enzymes daily to refresh skin and prepare it for proper hydration.

For gentle, natural skincare, look for enzyme peels with ingredients derived from papaya, pineapple, pumpkin, and Japanese mushroom.

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