Level 1 Chemical Peels
Also known as “light peels” or “lunchtime peels”, these are very superficial peels which act on the outermost epidermal skin layers. They are fast, easy, and can be performed at home or in the physician’s office without the aid of an anesthetic. They generally do not cause any visible peeling and have a much lower risk of irritation or possible side effects. Level 1 peels have increased in popularity over the last few years since you can typically return to work immediately following the treatment without the longer recovery periods of a deeper peel. They are great for those with sensitive skin types, skin maintenance, and those who are new to skin peels.
Level 2 Chemical Peels
This level is referred to as superficial peels. They are almost twice as strong compared to level 1 peels and visible peeling is sometimes possible depending on skin type, stratum corneum density, length of application, and a number of layers applied. They are great for those with oily skin types, non-sensitive skin, dull and rough smoker’s skin, or those who need more correction than maintenance. Level 2 peels will be more aggressive on the skin compared to level 1, so it is important to remove the peel according to the recommended time frames, especially when using it for the first time.
These are great for experienced regular peelers and those with resistant skin to other treatments. Level 3 peels may require some downtime depending on how well your skin tolerates it. It is very important you follow correct times for application when using it for the first time.
There are a higher risk or irritation and side effects associated with level 3 peels.