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Which chemical peel do you prefer? A look at acids.


Peel acid strength comparison

In this SkinReading series, I’m going to give you a rundown of how Bioelements Ultra-Detox Chemical Surface Peels compare to traditional, ablative peels. This week, we’re taking a look at acids. I’m going to discuss how our acid-hybrid formulas work invisibly to reveal results that are dramatic and immediate –  without the burning, excessive peeling, or recovery downtime from peels formulated with a single, monster-strength acid.

Theirs: One monster-strength acid

Traditional chemical peels often have a high percentage of one single acid, which penetrates straight to the dermis to peel away the upper levels of skin. Wondering just how deep the dermis is? Think of scraping your knee: A fresh scrape reveals new, pink skin, that later starts to “weep” with skin crusting, scabbing, and even possible post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The difference between a knee scrape and a monster-strength, single-acid chemical peel is that, with the peel, you also experience several uncomfortable, unsightly, itchy, skin-shedding days post-treatment.  And we’re talking about your face, not your knee here – so this recovery downtime can require you to go into hiding while the peeling and discomfort continue! What’s more: traditional high-percentage single-acid chemical peels aren’t safe for all Fitzpatrick skin types (Fitzpatrick refers to the range of skin types from very fair [Type I] to very dark [Type VI]). Because these monster-strength chemical peels cause an injury response down to the dermis, darker Fitzpatrick skin types that are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation should avoid them.

Ours: Acid-hybrid formulas

Rather than assaulting the skin with one acid, Bioelements Ultra-Detox Chemical Peels coax the skin into shape with multiple acids, plus natural built-in buffers. These advanced, elegant formulas not only provide a completely controlled penetration throughout the epidermis, but also soothe and hydrate so there’s no irritation, and no downtime.These peels dissolve dead epidermal cells, but because the particles are so small, they are invisible to the naked eye. It’s non-surgical, non-ablative technology that works on a microscopic level – and are safe for all Fitzpatrick skin types.

Peel acid comparison

Here’s a more in-depth look at the superstar blend of acids:

Glycolic Acid: This is the smallest molecule in the formula, so it penetrates the deepest and most quickly, but doesn’t pass the epidermis, so skin injury and downtime is never an issue. Glycolic Detox Charcoal Peel Level 2 contains 15% glycolic acid, while Level 3 contains 25%, making both of them ideal for resistive skin.

Lactic Acid: Because of its larger molecule, lactic acid has a shallow penetration relative to Glycolic Acid, so it provides a milder exfoliation that also heals and hydrates as it works.

Multi-fruit Acids: These extracts of exfoliating fruit acids penetrate the skin at varying levels to help buffer the exfoliation process.

Willowherb: With a natural form of salicylic acid, willowherb gently exfoliates as it buffers and soothes skin, discouraging redness and irritation.

Plus – Bioelements Ultra-Detox Chemical Peel formulas also feature activated coconut charcoal, to stimulate microcirculation and detoxify the skin, drawing out aging environmental impurities.

So there you have it! Monster-strength acid versus acid-hybrid + activated coconut charcoal – which would you prefer?

Comments (8)

Caren Paluch says:
Sep 17, 2014

Hi Thersa I have been trying to become a bioelements consultant and representative quite some, time now,is there any information you can give me so i can speak with a bioelements specialist that can give me information so i can get started on my carreer.Thank You,SincerelyCaren Paluch

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    Sep 18, 2014

    Hi Caren! When you say “Bioelements consultant” are you looking to carry Bioelements in your spa? Or working as a sales rep for one of our distributors? If you are a skin care professional who wants to carry the line, visit and click the ‘Open An Account’ button on the top-right corner. Once you fill out this form, a Bioelements Representative will be in touch with you to answer your questions and get you started.
    If you are looking for a career as a Bioelements sales rep, you’ll need to contact our distributors regarding open jobs. Let me know what city/state you’re in and I can tell you what distributor covers that area. Thanks!

Joanne says:
Oct 16, 2014

I have rosacea, would the bioelements chemical peel irritate my sensitive skin?

    Teresa Stenzel
    Teresa Stenzel says:
    Oct 16, 2014

    Hi Joanne – Our chemical peels are not for sensitive skin, and contraindicated for anyone that has Rosacea. For your delicate skin, our EnzymeTherapy is best and our Calming Facial is the treatment is perfect.

Joanne says:
Oct 16, 2014

Hi Teresa,

Thank you, Bioelements has been wonderful for my skin, but I’ll stay wtih the Calming Facial.

Michaela schmitz says:
Nov 6, 2015

Hi Theresa
I am looking into carrying your line ,i couldnt find any info on what the ph is of your peels
Thanks Michaela

Leslie Humphrey says:
Jun 6, 2016

Hello Theresa, ive been having skin issues dealing with excema. That has been healed up, but has left me with very bumpy facial skin. My dermatologist has recommended facial peels. I now have an acne that is caused by facial steroid creams. I’m a licensed hair stylist and already purchase some Bioelements products thru Salon Centric. What chemical peel would you suggest for me to use? I just copied off info on the Glycolic Detox Charcoal Peel. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. I’m just too mature to have this stuff going on. Thankyou in advance. Leslie

teresa says:
Jun 7, 2016

HI there, Leslie! Before you delve into the Ultra-Detox Chemical Peel, I’d take a look at the Lactic-Plus Peel Level 1. It’s the most gentle of the three Powerful Surface Peels that we have. And, you would need to have all of the products needed in order to perform this facial properly. But let me ask you this. Have you ever had a Bioelements facial before? You may want to consider trying EnzymeTherapy as your exfoliant before you even delve into peels, even though your physician is making this recommendation. If you would like to chat with me personally, I’m happy to talk to you about your skin and the possible paths you can take and give you more details and the best way to go about it.

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