When To Use An Enzyme Peel
An enzyme peel is a way to gently exfoliate the skin, particularly the skin of the face and neck, though it may be used on any part of the body. Exfoliation is a method by which dead skin cells are removed allowing healthy new cells to grow, and at the same time helping control acne and some other skin disorders. The regular use of an enzyme peel can leave one with skin that always looks healthy and attractive.
Exfoliating Techniques - There are several ways to co about exfoliating the skin. One way is mechanical, where through the use of a sponge or brush, outer skin layers are removed by vigorous rubbing. While very effective, this particular means of exfoliating is not well suited for facial skin, especially the skin in sensitive areas such as near the eyes.
Instead of using mechanical exfoliating techniques, one may turn instead to chemical peels. These are also effective, but are sometimes rather harsh, and it may take some trail and error to find one which works and at the same time can be used fairly frequently, such as on a weekly basis, in comfort.
A third approach is to use an enzyme peel for exfoliation. An enzyme peel is often the best choice if one is not in too much of a hurry, as it works more slowly than other methods, or if chemical or mechanical exfoliating treatments are found to be too harsh.
A Natural Product - An enzyme peel, although usually purchased in a store, is a natural product in that the more common components are enzymes from such vegetables and fruits as papaya, pumpkins, and green apples. An enzyme peel functions the same as other exfoliates except it does not remove as many layers of dead cells during a single application. As is the case with many products based on natural substances, an enzyme peel works more slowly than other methods, but over the long ruin usually works every bit as well. Consequently it tends to be less harsh on the skin. Chemical peels often need to be supplemented by medication to soothe the skin and protect it from possible infection when too many layers of skin have been removed. An enzyme peel rarely creates this type of a problem. It is quite naturally a better choice for those having more sensitive skin.
An enzyme peel won't necessarily remove wrinkles, but in tightening and refreshing the skin can make small wrinkles far less noticeable. The peel can also over time effectively remove small scars and even greatly improve the appearance of larger scars. Acne is managed by keeping the pores from becoming clogged with dead skin cells.
Applying The Peel - An enzyme peel should be applied immediately after the face or skin area to be treated has been cleansed for the best results. If a chemical skin cleanser has been removed, all traces of it should be removed before applying the enzyme peel. The peel may come in the form of a paste or as a powder to which water needs to be added.
The smooth paste is applied to the skin and left on for a recommended period of time, often on the order of fifteen minutes, though very oily skin may require 20 to 25 minutes for optimal effectiveness. The paste is allowed to dry or stiffen, and after the allotted time is washed off. Often it is recommended that a moisturizing cream be applied immediately after the skin has been patted dry. As noted above, an enzyme peel does not remove a sufficient number of layers of skin cells to require the application of a medicated lotion following the exfoliating treatment.