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07-09-14 | Posted by

Chemical peels are one of the best ways to refresh your look, fight discoloration, and even fight acne. Thanks to several dermatologists turned brand developers, there are a plethora of professional-type peels that you can apply in the comfort of your home, and that won’t burn your face or turn it redder than a strawberry.

Here are three new face peels that are tried, tested, and worth their price:

Peter Thomas Roth 40%  Triple Acid Peel ($88)

Formulated with TCA, glycolic acid, and salicylic acids, this new peel aims to battle wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and exfoliate dead skin cells. I loved the presentation of the peel, which comes in slim one-time use ampoules, as well as the size and texture of the peel pads, which are twice as thick as the ones I’ve typically used. The results are visible immediately (the skin glows) and over the course of several weeks (my hyperpigmentation and wrinkles were reduced). This peel also did not dry out my skin.

Beauty Rx Progressive Peel ($69.95 on HSN)

Dr. Schultz Progressive Peel on HSN

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This six-week peel consists of three parts: an exfoliating serum, a cream, and exfoliating pads. Based on Dr. Neal Schultz’s vision that “exfoliation is the most important therapeutic treatment you can do for your skin, and glycolic acid is the gold standard,” this triple threat works harmoniously to deliver sparkling results. Almost immediately, my skin was brighter, as he promises. The 8% glycolic acid serum is your base for two weeks (use that exclusively), followed by the high-strength 10% glycolic acid pads, which don’t tingle (use them starting at week 3, and alternate nights with the serum but don’t do both the same night or else you will burn your skin), and lastly use the maximum 15% glycolic acid cream during weeks 5 and 6 (alternate nightly with the pads).

The three-part peel is an interesting approach (most of the peels I have used consist of pads soaked in the treatment) and I was extremely pleased with the results. My skin was luminous, my wrinkles diminished, and best of all, my acne was in check. Hip, hip, hurray for this beautifully-priced six-week peel.

Zelens PHA Bio-Peel Resurfacing Pads ($95)

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These peel pads use PHA (polyhydroxy acids) along with the conventional alpha and beta acids and are extremely gentle and refreshing. This may be the perfect peel for sensitive skin types who want to address their enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Out of all the peels mentioned in this story, this one is the most gentle—enough to be used morning and evening for almost instant results. I’d also recommend it for in-flight travel and travel in general.





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