Which scrub suits your skin type?
Which scrub suits your skin type?

Enzyme or mechanical peeling? This is how you will find the right peeling for your skin type (and end up with a rosy instead of bright red rubbed face).

Which scrub suits your skin type?
Which scrub suits your skin type?

Oh, what a peeling! At least twice a week, at least that is what my beautician recommended, I should use an exfoliator. Remove dead skin and polish the complexion back to a fresh and rosy look.

But not all peeling is the same. So: the effect should of course always be similar. But not every peeling is suitable for every skin type. It can quickly happen that the skin is irritated by the rubble grains and your complexion glows bright red instead of pale pink. Chemical peeling is not entirely without …

We will therefore tell you which peeling is suitable for which skin type, where the advantages are (and of course the disadvantages):


MECHANICAL PEELING: For less sensitive, impure skin

How does it work: You can recognize mechanical peelings by the small grains and abrasive particles (sometimes pumice stone or ground peach stones). They owe their name to their application: the small abrasive particles support the peeling and renewal of the skin.

Advantages: A mechanical peel is quick and easy to use. Put some of the peeling mask on your hands and rub gently on your damp face. You have to avoid the sensitive eye area. The blood circulation is promoted, your skin looks immediately fresh and rosy. With regular use, even small scars and pimple marks can be improved.

Disadvantage: Not suitable for people with sensitive skin, acne or rosacea! And: most mechanical peelings contain plastic microparticles that are too small to be filtered out of the wastewater. In doing so, they damage the environment.


ENZYME PEELING: Perfect for combination skin, sensitive and dry skin

How does it work: The peeling only works on the surface of the skin. For this purpose, an enzyme-splitting protein is applied, which splits the old cell structures of the skin after a short exposure time. These are then removed when the face is cleaned with water.

Advantages: They are extremely gentle on the skin, which is why you can use them at home without hesitation (but only a maximum of two times a week). Applied regularly, skin problems such as pimples and pigment spots will be alleviated.

Disadvantage: Since enzymatic peelings often contain a low concentration, the effect is not immediately visible and not as lasting as with mechanical rub-off peelings.


CHEMICAL PEELINGS: More for people with insensitive skin. All other skin types should precisely discuss the acid concentration with their dermatologist!

How does it work: A chemical stimulus (such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA)) removes the outer layer of the skin. The layer of skin underneath is baby-soft and rosy at best.

Advantages: Once a year is completely sufficient for this application. However: try it in winter, because after the treatment the skin is extremely sensitive to the sun!

Disadvantage: Chemical peeling can also be risky. In the event of improper use (e.g. too high a concentration or the choice of the wrong substance), in the worst case scenario, burns and scarring can occur. So only take it from the beautician or dermatologist.

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