Peeling at home: effectiveness and risks

Beauty care products are becoming increasingly more technical. We have moved on from face packs and exfoliation kits, nowadays there are dermatological peeling kits that can be applied at home.

As "home" peeling is usually used only by professionals, there is some safety advice and good practice guidelines that are best followed.


  • Not to be mistaken for a simple exfoliation, peeling targets at :
    • Reducing wrinkles,
    • Removing dark marks,
    • Smoothing skin irregularities and acting on dilated pores,
    • Accelerating cellular regeneration.
  • Home or 'resurfacing' peeling can be :
    • A face mask,
    • Scrubbing cream to apply as a massage.

Differences between home peeling and professional peeling

  • The difference lies in the dosage of active ingredients. For safety reasons, home peeling substances contain less fruit and glycolic acids.
  • Although home peeling has a clearing and resurfacing effect, it is still short lived and less effective than a dermatological peeling.

Contraindications, precautions of use

  • As a general rule, the more thin, fair and fragile your skin is, the more aggressive the product is, therefore :
    • Do not use on a rosacea, a sensitive skin with red spots or acne.
  • Avoid sun exposure or depilation before treatment.
  • Respect the exposure time and the frequency of use.
  • Do not use Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or retinol creams during treatment.
  • Test on a small surface before use.
  • Avoid the eye contour area or the lips.
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