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Best At-Home Chemical Peels For Hyperpigmentation (under £10)


Chemical peels are my favourite way to keep my skin in check. They work best for people who are experiencing textured skin, discolouration, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. Chemical exfoliants penetrate deeper into the skin and cause the surface layers to shed faster.




What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a medical term used to describe darker patches of skin. These patches are a result of excess melanin production, which can be caused by everything from acne scars and sun damage to imbalanced hormones.

It is mandatory that you use sunscreen (SPF 30-SPF 50) daily, especially while using chemical exfoliants. Your skin will become more sensitive to the sun while using chemical peels and your hyperpigmentation worsen if you fail to apply sunscreen every morning, even if you are staying indoors.

There are a lot of products on the market that contain chemical exfoliants. Apart from those, I also like to administer my own chemical peel once or twice a week (depending on strength).


1. SR SKINCARE 20% MANDELIC ACID PEEL

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and is regarded as the best peel for blemished and hyper-pigmented skin. It is also the best peel for African, African American, and Asian skin types. SR Skincare offers milder peel versions of 10% and 15%. The 20% is a medium strength peel, this provides slight peeling and is the best choice for significant blemishes.


2. BRAVURA LONDON 2% SALICYLIC ACID PEEL

This is my favourite peel to use while I am experiencing a significant breakout (normally around that time of the month). Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which is oil-soluble so it can get deeper into the pores to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum. As a result of this, BHA’s are better suited for oily/combination skin. Salicylic acid is effective at improving acne-prone skin by decongesting the blocked pores that cause breakouts while providing the skin with a brighter appearance.



3. BRAVURA LONDON 10% GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL

Glycolic acid is the best choice for normal skin types. It is used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture, it may also reduce wrinkles, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. Glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. After a couple uses, you will notice that your skin will look brighter and smoother.


4. THE ORDINARY AHA 30% + BHA 2% PEELING SOLUTION

This peeling solution combines alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) to exfoliate the skin’s surface and deeper layers at the same time. This combination offers excellent exfoliation to help battle blemishes and boost radiance.


5. THE ORDINARY LACTIC ACID 10% + HA 2%

Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which targets uneven tone, textural irregularities, and fine lines. It offers a gentle exfoliation and works to improve skin texture, reducing pigmentation caused by acne scars and age spots.



Have you tried an at-home chemical peel?


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