Brazilian Peel is a relatively superficial peel whose main ingredient is glycolic acid. It can be self-applied to the facial area and neck to burn away dead and otherwise damaged skin. It is typically used to treat acne, sunspots, and wrinkless. It otherwise rejuvenates the skin and promotes the production of collagen for smoother, firmer skin. Because Brazilian Peel is less potent than the chemical peels that can only be applied by healthcare professionals, it can be used on more sensitive skin types. Patients that are used to stronger chemical peels may not receive desired results.
The Brazilian Peel treatment process lasts approximately four weeks. During the at-home treatment process, the patient applies the peel to a pre-cleaned facial area, waits ten minutes, rinses it off, and then applies moisturizer. He or she repeats the process once a week over a four-week period. The process is relatively painless compared to stronger chemical peels. It may produce tightening and burning sensations in the skin. Slight redness and temporary skin peeling should be expected.
What is in it?
Brazilian Peel includes the following ingredients:
- Glycolic Acid, derived from sugar cane is considered a fruit peel, along with acids derived from citrus fruits. It works by removing the upper layer of skin that may be dead or damaged, leaving newer, fresher, and healthier skin.
- Magaldrate is a mineral that helps to neutralize the glycolic acid after it removes the top layers of skin.
- Acai is a vitamin-rich antioxidant that prevents cell damage, rejuvenates and heals the skin.
- Glycerin is a natural substance that helps the skin absorb and retain moisture.
Side Effects and Other Considerations
Brazilian Peel should not cause as much redness or irritation as stronger chemical peels. Potential side effects do include:
- Sensitivity to the sun
- The development of freckles
- Light scarring
- Age spots
- Hyperpigmentation (or the darkening of the skin)
- The development of age spots, brown and black spots that traditionally develop due to exposure to the sun over time.
The Brazilian Peel is a 30% glycolic acid peel, and is considerably stronger than other over-the-counter peels, which typically only include concentrations of 10% or below. While this may increase the efficacy of Brazilian Peel in skin treatment, it is also important to note that in higher concentrations glycolic acid is considered a hazardous material and is used in industries for rust removal. The neutralizers activated in conjunction with the glycolic acid in Brazilian Peel, however, make the peel safe to use on skin.
Patients with heart disease, cold soars, blisters, or a tendency to scar should consult a health care professional before using Brazilian Peel.