Skin Matters

Warning Never Do At-Home Peels With Hydroquinone

The peeling is mutual here: They're not safe, girls. Here's why.

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We’ll tell it to you straight—at-home peels are dangerous to use without the supervision of an MD and should only be done by licensed professionals. In fact, other countries don’t even allow products with ingredients like tretinoin and hydroquinone to be sold over-the-counter (they can only be prescribed by licensed dermatologists). The big concern? Skin safety. There are too many risks—like scarring, pigmentation, discoloration, allergic reactions, and even burning—that can occur if you don’t apply or remove the peel correctly. And the worst thing about DIY peels? A professional won’t be able to advise you about how to take care of your skin post-peel. 



So what’s our option? There are other ways to brighten skin, reduce fine lines, and treat acne–and all without having to resort to endangering your skin or forking over thousands of pesos for a derma treatment. Look for brightening serums, moisturizers with SPF and rose lumiere serum to brighten skin and refine the texture, and products with gold (yes, gold!)—a surprisingly natural mineral that aids cell renewal, which can make skin radiant. And always remember girls: the skin promises that these at-home peels give aren’t worth it. Stay away from products that have hydroquinone and tretinoin, since using these skin bleaching agents without the proper supervision can cause increased sensitivity to the sun, flaking, and severe peeling. 

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