A skin lightening peel is a type of cosmetic treatment that is used to lighten the
skin. It can be a useful option for treating hyperpigmentation such as melasma,
acne scars, age spots and uneven skin tone. Skin lightening peels often contain
certain key ingredients that promote lightening of the skin. These can include:
1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs): These are naturally occurring carboxylic acids such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid and mandelic acid that help exfoliate the skin and promote skin renewal.
2. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs): The most common BHA used in skin peels is salicylic acid. It helps exfoliate the skin and is particularly useful for acne prone skin.
3. Vitamin C: Vitamin C has potent antioxidant and skin-lightening properties.
4. Retinoids: Derived from vitamin A, retinoids can help promote skin cell turnover and reduce pigmentation.
A skin peel can cause redness, dryness and flaking. It is essential to follow post peel care instructions to minimize these side effects. While a skin lightening peel can provide significant results, they might not be permanent.