Facial peels are chemical exfoliation treatments that use acids to break down skin cells. Depending on the type and strength of acid used, a facial peel can either be a gentle routine exfoliator or a clinical-grade treatment for severe skin issues. For example, strong acids (like trichloroacetic and carbolic acid) are able to penetrate deeply and dissolve away many layers of skin cells. These acids cause 2nd degree chemical burns and can leave you recovering with red, irritated, and flaky skin for months. Luckily, these acids are typically only found in clinical-grade deep chemical peel treatments and administered by a trained aesthetician.
Not all facial peels require pain and downtime. Many peels use acids and enzymes that are only strong enough to break down the weak bonds between dead skin cells. These acids gently exfoliate away dead skin cells and clear out clogged pores without damaging healthy skin cells in the process. In fact, many at-home peels are gentle enough to be used weekly. Light exfoliating peels are great tools for treating dark spots, blemishes, acne, acne scars, and uneven skin tone.
An organic facial peel is simply a product that is made from all-natural and organically sourced ingredients. These treatments are made with naturally derived fruit acids and enzymes capable of dissolving surface-level dead skin cells. In their raw form, these fruit acids gently break down dead, unclog pores, and stimulate collagen production. In higher concentrations, however, these acids can be more potent and irritating. Each organic peel formulation is different and each skincare brand holds itself to a different set of standards. Just because a product contains organic ingredients doesn’t mean it is overall safe, gentle, or effective for your skin. The best organic peels are made by reputable brands and contain only clean, natural, organic, and non-toxic ingredients. A truly organic peel won’t contain any parabens, mineral oils, synthetics, or potentially cancer-causing ingredients (these ingredients can irritate the skin further and actually hinder your skin from functioning optimally). Read the labels carefully and find the right mask for your skin type and needs.
The two common acids found in organic facial peels are alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). Both acids can be naturally sourced from fruits like papaya, lemon, pineapple, apple, grape, willow bark, and grapefruit.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
AHAs are mild exfoliating acids such as glycolic, lactic, citric, and malic acid. These acids work on the top most layers of the skin to remove dead skin cells, lighten blemishes, clear pores. AHAs have been known to increase blood flow to the skin and stimulate the production of collagen (to help fight fine lines and wrinkles).
Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)
BHAs are oil-soluble acids that can penetrate oily skin deeper than AHAs. This is why BHAs are usually recommended for a treating blackheads, acne, and problematic skin. As a bonus, BHAs antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties can actually help to reduce the frequency of breakouts. The most common form of BHA found in organic facial peels is salicylic acid derived from willow bark.
Organic facial peels are great for people who want a chemical exfoliation without downtime. They are also great choices for people who cannot use abrasive exfoliating products. Exfoliating your face routinely helps to keep your pores clear, balance sebum production, and allows your skin to better absorb products. As a rule of thumb, dry skin types benefit most from AHA peels and oily skin types will experience better results with a BHA peel. The effectiveness of an organic facial peel depends on its concentration of AHA and BHA. The higher the concentration of acids, the more powerful the peel. (However, powerful peels are more likely to cause skin irritation.) For most mild peels, the results will be subtle at first and build up over time.
anti-aging, dry/dehydrated skin, flaky skin, dull complexion, sensitive skin, uneven skin tone
Organic Ingredients: (pear fruit extract, jojoba seed oil, fig fruit extract, cinnamon bark oil, cranberry seed oil)
Non-Organic Ingredients: (lactic acid, arginine, xylitylglucoside, anhydroxylitol, xylitol, jojoba wax beads, water, xanthan gum, sodium hydroxide, willow bark extract, raspberry seed extract, lemongrass leaf oil, maltodextrin, papaya fruit extract, bergamot peel oil, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol)
86.04% of the total ingredients are from organic farming.
clogged pores, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, sun damage, fine lines, dull complexion
Ingredients: (yam puree, pumpkin puree, glycolic acid, soybean oil, sodium hyaluronate, sunflower oil, avocado oil, vegetable glycerin, tocopheryl acetate, orange pulp, pineapple pulp, corn meal, carrot juice, pineapple enzyme, papaya enzyme, asafetida juice, phytocollagen, white willow bark extract, calendula oil, comfrey root extract, white tea, lavender oil, allantoin, panthenol, glycine derivative, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, orange oil and frankincense essential oil, grape seed oil)
*Specific information on which ingredients are from organic origins is not available. Eminence Organics owns and sources their ingredients from their certified organic farm in Hungary.
dark spots, clogged pores, blemishes, dull complexion, dry skin, acne scars
Certified Organic Ingredients: (pumpkin puree, aloe leaf juice, fruit stem cells and bioactive 8 berry complex, sunflower seed oil, apple fruit extract, pineapple fruit extract, sugar cane extract, lemon fruit extract, rooibos extract, clove flower extract, nutmeg kernel powder, cinnamon bark powder)
Non-Organic Ingredients: (purified water, vegetable glycerin, manuka honey, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, tocopherol, tamanu seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, glycolic acid, vitamin c, xanthan gum, sodium hyaluronate, lecithin, caprylyl glycol, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin)
anti-aging, flaky skin, dull complexion, blemishes, dark spots, fine lines & wrinkles
Certified Organic Ingredients: (apple juice, lemon juice, aloe juice)
Non-Organic Ingredients: (lactic acid, glycolic acid, vegetable glycerin, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, sodium hydroxide, gluconolactone, willow bark extract, xanthan gum, sclerotium gum, lysolecithin, pullulan, sodium benzoate, grape seed extract, vitamin e, vitamin c, vitamin a, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate, copper gluconate, caprylyl glycol, phenethyl alcohol)
acne, acne scars, dull complexion, uneven skin tone, aging skin, clogged pores, fine lines and wrinkles
Certified Organic Ingredients: (provence rose concentrate, alcohol –from sugar cane denatured with lavender oil)
Non-Organic Ingredients: (apple fruit extract, willow bark powder, glycolic acid, xanthan gum, limonene, papain, pumpkin seed powder, citric acid, fragrance, linalool)
Total organic content = 12.0%
anti-aging, sensitive skin, dull complexion, blemishes, fine lines & wrinkles
Organic Ingredients: (aloe leaf juice, pineapple fruit extract, papaya fruit extract, papaya leaf extract)
Non-Organic Ingredients: (plant derived hydroxyethyl ethylcellulose, glycerin, glyceryl caprylate, willow bark extract, blue tansy flower oil, jasmine flower water, radish root ferment)