Superficial peels – or light peels – usually use fruit acids (such as glycolic acid) and make the skin clearer, tighten pores and eliminate small surface imperfections. Medium chemical peels, carried out with trichloroacetic acid (TCA), act deeper down in the skin to get rid of dark spots and smooth out your first wrinkles. This kind of peel is more abrasive, so sensitive skin might feel a hot or even burning sensation. Deep peels aim to reduce more marked wrinkles and act on collagen production deep in the skin to ensure intense cell renewal. These deep face peels sometimes require a general anaesthetic and hospitalisation. Don't forget that skin peels are an aggressive process on the skin, so UV protection and intense moisturising is crucial.
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