Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery

Sure, You Can DIY a Chemical Peel. But Should You?

DIY chemical peel

DIY chemical peelEveryone’s looking to do just about everything from home these days. We want to work from home, shop from home, order our groceries from home and DIY our own med spa treatments from home. Sure, some of these things are totally harmless and actually very awesome. But where I draw the line is slapping a bunch of chemicals on my face without professional supervision.

Still not convinced? Check out these three considerations when weighing the pros and cons of an at home chemical peel vs. a med spa chemical peel.

1. Concentration

Okay, so if an at-home chemical peel is formulated like it’s supposed to be—and that’s a big if—the concentration of its active ingredients should be on the very low end. Otherwise, the company would probably be facing some serious lawsuits over the side effects (more on that in a minute). The problem with super-low concentrations, though, is that they can only offer super-low results, if any.

2. Safety

Any time you’re working with any type of chemical ingredients, even if those are common med spa chemicals like glycolic acid and salicylic acid, there is going to be a risk of burns, hyperpigmentation, scarring and other side effects.

Not only should you not DIY your chemical peel, but you should also make 100% sure you’re going to trained and certified professional for your treatment.

3. Results

At the end of the day, you’re going to love your results so much more if you spring for the professional med spa chemical peel over the diluted at home version. Your results will likely be much more noticeable and last longer, and you’ll have a lower risk of complications and side effects.

My advice? Steer clear of wacky at-home fixes for your skin and stick to tried-and-true professional treatments.


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