How to Do a Professional Chemical Peel at Home

August 13, 2020 3 Comments

How to Do a Professional Chemical Peel at Home

Are you interested in trying a professional grade chemical peel at home?

Read this week’s blog to learn more about chemical peels and how to properly do one at home!

Chemical peels are an amazing beauty procedure that can unveil a smooth and youthful glow. It is usually performed by dermatologists to treat various skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, acne, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.

A medical grade chemical peel can and should only be performed by a doctor.

Due to increasing popularity, many beauty brands have developed professional strength chemical peels that you can do right in the comforts of your own home! 


What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel, also known as chemexfoliation, is a procedure that involves applying a chemical solution to the skin to remove the top layers so fresh new skin can surface.

Chemical peels are done to treat the face, neck, and hands to enhance the skin's overall appearance.

What are the types of chemical peels?

The three types of chemical peels are light, medium, and deep. Each type requires a special solution to achieve significant results.  

Light or Superficial Peel

Light chemical peels, also known as the lunchtime peel, targets the topmost layer of the skin. It treats mild discoloration, acne, rough skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Some examples of light chemical peels include glycolic acid peels, lactic acid peels, and salicylic acid peels.

Medium Peels

Medium Peels are more concentrated and mildly penetrating. It can treat age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, freckles, and skin discoloration. An example is a higher concentration of trichloroacetic acid peels, which are 35-50%.

Deep Peels

Deep peels penetrate past the superficial layers of the skin. It reaches the middle of the reticular dermis. Dermatologists perform deep peels to treat deep scarring, deep wrinkles, and severe sun damage. A high concentration of trichloroacetic acid is the most commonly used acid for deep peels.


What are the ingredients in a chemical peel?

Enzyme Peel

Enzyme Peels are the mildest form. It is a natural peel derived from fruit enzymes. It works best for people who have sensitive skin and those who have a low tolerance to acids. 

It works by nourishing the skin and removing dead skin. It dissolves blackheads, decreases pore size, and prevents breakouts by penetrating the skin and decongesting pores. It creates the right PH balance and does not make your skin sensitive to the sun.

Mandelic Acid Peel

Compared to other AHAs, mandelic is much gentler on the skin. It is also less irritating among all the other AHAs because it has a larger molecular weight compared to glycolic acid. This also makes it slower at producing results.

Mandelic acid works by unclogging the pores and speeding up cell turnover by exfoliating dead skin cells. It improves skin texture and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. It effectively treats acne and hyperpigmentation without causing redness or skin irritation.

Lactic Acid Peel

Lactic Acid is considered a light peel because it is gentle and lightweight. It helps to treat minor wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other skin discoloration. It hydrates the skin and helps make it smooth and glowing.

Lactic acid penetrates the skin to loosen the bonds that hold the skin together. The upper layer of the skin sheds off to reveal fresh, younger-looking skin.

Salicylic Acid Peel

Salicylic acid is an oil-soluble which allows it to penetrate the pores to dissolve dirt and impurities. It is one of the best peels at treating acne. 

It unclogs pores by regulating sebum production. It reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, age spots, and wrinkles. It significantly improves skin texture and helps brighten dull skin.

At-home salicylic acid peels will not actually cause the skin to peel. It works by encouraging dead skin to shed more quickly so that new, healthy skin can surface.

Glycolic Acid Peel

Glycolic acid peels are excellent at treating hyperpigmentation and scars, even old scars from previous breakouts. The small molecules of glycolic acid easily penetrate the skin by eliminating the lipid that holds dead skin cells. 

As an acne treatment, it loosens and detaches excess oil from the roots of hair follicles.

To reduce dark spots, it inhibits the production of melanin.

Glycolic acid boosts collagen production which gives skin a smoother texture and significantly reduces wrinkles. It also helps to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion.

Trichloroacetic Acid Peel (TCA Peel)

Trichloroacetic Acid is the strongest among all the acids mentioned above. It is excellent at treating sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, and acne scars.

When TCA is applied to the skin, it dries up the skin and breaks down keratin, a kind of protein found in the skin. The dry skin peels off after several day to reveal a fresh, new, healthy skin layer.


Is it safe to use a chemical peel at home?

Professional grade chemical peels that yield excellent results are safe to do at home. A home chemical peel can be a great part of your regimen in order to help you achieve a youthful, glowing complexion.

Over-the-counter chemical peels are safe to use at home as long as you follow the directions closely. ALWAYS read the product label!

What age is right for a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are not only for aging skin. They are wonderful additions to skin of all ages.

According to skin experts, using chemical peels as early as the 20s and 30s can make your skin fresh-looking for years to come. 

What can I expect after the home chemical peel?

Home chemical peels are considered to be light and superficial. Light chemical treatments may cause mild irritation, redness, and dryness. After a repeat treatment, the side effects will become less and less. Downtime is very minimal. Redness may only persist for twenty to thirty minutes.

Dryness and flaking are generally experienced for up to seven days after a mild chemical peel.

Who can benefit from the home chemical peels?

Almost anyone can benefit from an at home chemical peel. Different kinds of home chemical peels may be suitable for various skin types depending on the active ingredients and their concentrations.

However, those with eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult a doctor’s advice before using a peel. Those who are using retinol or retinoids should also consult with a dermatologist. Retinols can cause the skin to be more prone to sun damage.

If you are taking Accutane- a prescription for treating acne - you should also consult your doctor before using a home chemical peel.


How do I prepare the skin for a home chemical peel?

Here are the things that you should avoid prior to doing an at home chemical peel treatment:

  1.  Stop using masks, scrubs, exfoliating agents, self-tanners, and products containing AHA, BHA, Vitamin A (Retinol), or any other product that can irritate your skin 48 hours before applying the chemical peel.
  2.  Do not shave or wax facial hair forty-eight hours before applying the peel.
  3. Avoid sun exposure one week before applying the peel.

How do I do a patch test?

  1. For first-time users, doing a patch test is essential to determine the sensitivity of the skin.
  2. To ensure that you do not have an allergic reaction to the chemical peel, test a small spot under the chin before applying the solution to your entire face.
  3. Do not leave the peel on for more than 30 seconds.
  4. After 30 seconds, rinse off with water.
  5. Monitor redness or irritation for the next 24 hours.

What is the correct procedure for doing an at home chemical peel?

  1. Be sure to do a patch test and observe your skin for any irritations within 24 hours.
  2. Remove your makeup and wash the skin with a mild cleanser.
  3. Apply petroleum jelly on the areas that should not be exposed to the chemical peel, such as the eyebrow, eye area, nostrils, and the lips.
  4. Apply the peel solution to a cotton pad or swab and apply to the less sensitive areas of your face such as the forehead, working downward on the cheeks and chin, then to the nose and the neck. Avoid contact with the eye area, ears, and lips.
  5. Once the peel is applied to the entire face, watch the skin and the timer. When the skin starts turning pink, immediately neutralize it with water.
  6. Do not leave the peel on the skin for more than 8 minutes.
  7. Stop the peel by thoroughly rinsing the skin with cold water.
  8. Gently pat the skin dry with a soft towel.
  9. Moisturize the skin with a generous amount of moisturizer.

Tips for first-time users

Once the peel is applied to the entire face, do not leave it for more than 30 seconds. It is a crucial step to ensure that your skin can tolerate the acid peel before increasing the peel duration the next time you apply it. When the peel is left on the skin for a longer time, it penetrates more profoundly, requiring a longer recovery time.


What are the things I should avoid after the treatment?

  1. Do not exercise or induce sweat for 2 hours.
  2. Do not use exfoliating scrubs for 3 to 5 days.
  3. Do not rub, pick, or scratch the skin after applying the peel to avoid irritation. 
  4. Do not use retinol products for 48 hours.
  5. Do not forget to use a balancing facial toner and a hyaluronic acid serum for extra hydration.
  6. Do not forget to moisturize twice a day.
  7. Do not wear foundation for 12 hours. 
  8. Avoid the sun for 48 hours but if you must go outside, be sure to wear SPF. 

How long should you wait before doing another chemical peel?

Wait 3 weeks before doing another chemical peel. Then apply the peel once every 3- 4 weeks as maintenance to maximize the benefits. 


Sunburn Alert

Beta hydroxy acids, such as salicylic acid peel and alpha-hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid, may increase skin sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Do not forget to apply sunscreen daily, wear protective clothing, limit sun exposure while using a chemical peel for one week after the treatment.

Do you want to try home chemical peel treatment? YEOUTH has two professionally formulated home chemical peels.




YEOUTH Salicylic Acid Gel Peel is safe and effective for all skin types. It targets overproducing oil glands and dissolves trapped dirt in pores that cause acne. Enriched with Tea Tree Oil to soothe the skin and help reduce breakouts and Green Tea Extracts to help fight premature aging and even skin tone.




YEOUTH Glycolic Acid Gel Peel exfoliates skin cells to reveal a brighter, more even, and smoother skin. Fortified with retinol to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation by encouraging cell turnover. Infused with Green Tea, Chamomile and Cucumber Botanical Extracts to nourish the skin to provide sun protection post peel.


3 Responses


September 08, 2020

Thanks for the tips! I am very excited to get chemical peels done at home especially I have time during this pandemic.


August 18, 2020

Hey there Marion! A high concentration of trichloroacetic acid is the most commonly used acid for deep peels. This is only for clinical use and should not be used at home.


August 18, 2020

What is the deepest chemical peel ?

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