While the basic treating target may remain the same with both of the peels, there is some difference in the way they do their job on the skin. Let’s find out which one would suit your needs more.
When it comes to address skin abnormalities, we find many skin care procedures or treatments that work differently and produce varying results. Chemical peels are known to produce good results when they are used to treat many kinds of skin irregularities. We have chemical peels of mild nature which work very superficially; we have chemical peels that are used to address skin abnormalities that are difficult to be treated with a light peeling treatment; and we have deep chemical peel that is used only when it becomes essential. Glycolic acid peel and pumpkin peel belong to the light or mild chemical peel group. Both of them are derived from natural sources and both of them are known to work gently and more safely on the skin.
Glycolic Acid Peel
We shall talk first about glycolic acid peel. Glycolic acid is a fruit acid that is extracted normally from sugar cane and it is a very popular peeling agent of AHA group. When applied, glycolic acid peel removes the top layer of dead skin cells which encourages a new layer to take over the removed one. It also stimulates the growth of collagen that helps a lot in gaining skin’s health.
The peel can be done once a week to treat fine lines, wrinkles, scars and other skin abnormalities of superficial nature. Depending on the conditions to treat, you may initially need three to six treating sessions with certain spacing between two peeling treatments. Later on, it can be done once in a while as a preventive measure.
Glycolic acid is considered a safe and yet very effective chemical peel that can even be done by individuals at home after acquiring the due knowledge. Its side effects aren’t severe in most of the cases and if you follow all the instructions and start with lower strengths, you may not experience any significant discomfort.
This peel is extracted from pumpkin and when it is used on the skin, the skin gets many vitamins and nutrients as an added benefit. It seems to produce results faster as you can see the change on the skin very soon. It is considered less intrusive than glycolic acid and, therefore, it goes very well even with sensitive type of skin. The rich contents of the peel, including beta-carotene and vitamin A, help fast healing and stimulates circulation. The peel contains many highly useful vitamins and nutrients and smells pleasantly.
Pumpkin peel requires no downtime but the number of treating sessions very much depends on what you have to treat. It can be done once or twice a week. Side effects of this peel are minimal provided you use the product as per the directions and follow the post peel instructions carefully.
The Bottom Line
Both of the peels are mild peels but pumpkin peel is gentler of them. When it comes to treat certain superficial skin irregularities, a pumpkin peel can do the job more safely and effectively. However, if a slightly harsher peeling agent is required for relatively severe problems, glycolic acid peel can do the job more satisfactorily. In any case, it is better to have your skin conditions and goals checked by an experienced skin specialist in order to pick the right peel that suits your conditions more.
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