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Chemical peels are made from a variety of acids, including trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid or glycolic acid, and an at-home mild product is a great way to introduce the skin to chemical peels. Ease into full-strength chemical peels with advice from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video on skin care.

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Hello, my name is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, board certified dermatologist, and author of "Six Weeks to Sensational Skin." In this clip we're going to talk about chemical peels. Now, chemical peels can be made of a variety of different kinds of acids. In the doctor's office the most common kinds of acids would be what's called TCA or trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid. What you should know about chemical peels is that although they can really give you a lot of benefits to your skin if you're someone whose skin gets discolored or very sensitive even just from using a slightly irritating at-home product then you need to be very, very cautious about having a chemical peel. What I would recommend to all of you is that you consider getting some at-home glycolic acid to use. These are kind of at-home microscopic peels, and you can start by doing that and see how well your skin takes to it. These kinds of peels typically come in, especially if you get a doctor's strength, they'll be about ten percent. You'll put it on; leave it on your skin for about twenty minutes, and wash it off. If you pass with flying colors on that then you can proceed to go to the doctor's office. This is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo.

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