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Gen­tler than an in­clinic chem­i­cal peel, it bright­ens and smooths.

It’s a gen­tler ver­sion of the in­clinic chem­i­cal peel, and makes your skin more even-toned, ra­di­ant, brighter and smoother. The use of the chem­i­cal peel with gly­colic acid hit its peak in the 1990s. It was a con­cen­trated, deep-act­ing treat­ment done by a der­ma­tol­o­gist or a trained pro­fes­sional at a beauty salon.

Its ef­fects were harsh. It “caused cel­lu­lar death and de­stroyed the skin bar­rier”, says Car­rie Gross, pres­i­dent and CEO of Dr Den­nis Gross, a New York­based skin­care brand. You also had to hole up at home for two weeks, wait­ing for the red­ness and flak­ing to re­cede. It even in­spired the fa­mous scene in Sex

and the City, with char­ac­ter Saman­tha’s raw, red­dened, painful post-peel skin.

Now, there’s the gen­tler daily home peel. This uses skin­care with acids to gen­tly re­move the top­most layer of dead skin cells. The the­ory: In­tra­cel­lu­lar “con­crete” or “glue” holds dead skin cells to­gether, pre­vent­ing the de­liv­ery of in­gre­di­ents into the skin. A daily peel unglues and sweeps it all away, act­ing as a skin booster for bet­ter cell turnover.

Gross’ hus­band, a skin re­searcher, was one of the first pro­po­nents of this the­ory. “Den­nis’ back­ground as a skin im­mu­nol­o­gist shaped his phi­los­o­phy that you never want to throw the skin off bal­ance. You need to pro­tect the skin bar­rier; you need to strengthen the skin im­munol­ogy to keep it healthy and well­bal­anced, so you have ra­di­ant, beau­ti­ful skin – this ap­plies to peels too,” she says.

She stresses that the skin’s pH is nat­u­rally acidic, which is why it should love acids be­cause it en­cour­ages nat­u­ral cel­lu­lar turnover.

The brand’s iconic Al­pha Beta Uni­ver­sal Daily Peel is a two-step, one­time-use DIY chem­i­cal peel pack­aged like al­co­hol swabs, to be used in the morn­ing. First step: Swipe on the blend of five acids – gly­colic, lac­tic, malic, cit­ric and sal­i­cylic. Sec­ond: Pro­tect skin with the an­tiox­i­dant-packed neu­traliser. Says Gross: “Peo­ple try it once, see the change in their skin, and they’re hooked.”

Lily Kew, founder of lo­cal skin­care line Kew Or­gan­ics, as well as Sugar K Or­ganic Peel Bar, had adult acne un­til acid peels solved the prob­lem. She says: “Daily at-home peels are gen­tler op­tions that work on just the up­per der­mal lay­ers. Some en­zy­matic peels, such as our Sugar Cane Or­ganic Peel, are good for sen­si­tive skin, and even the un­der-eye area.”

While both Kew and Gross say the cur­rent op­tions from their brands are suit­able for all skin types, even if you have eczema or rosacea, it’s best to con­sult a der­ma­tol­o­gist be­fore us­ing a daily peel if you suf­fer from con­di­tions like pso­ri­a­sis and der­mati­tis, or if you use pre­scrip­tion skin­care or are al­ready us­ing other acid-based skin­care.

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