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DIY Chemical Peel for Wrinkles and Dark Spots

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This DIY Chemical Peel recipe is a great skin refresher without harsh chemicals or spa pricing.

The title of this post may be a tad misleading. Why?

Because we aren't actually going to be using chemicals for this “chemical” peel recipe.

We just want the results of a chemical peel without the price or chemicals, right?

And we want to get those results without leaving the comfort of our homes.

woman doing facial peel

Why do a Facial Peel at Home?

Chemical peels can be harsh on the skin and expensive, but an at-home facial peel is a safe and gentler option. These work by pulling out toxins and impurities from pores, and removing the top layer of dead skin cells.

Word of Warning: It will also remove very small hairs which may be a little painful. If that didn't scare you off, feel free to proceed…. 🙂

Polyvinyl alcohol is what’s commonly used in chemical peels to give it that peel consistency, but grass-fed gelatin or even egg white will work for a DIY recipe.

Both egg white and gelatin are rich in protein and amino acids that make skin healthier.

Soothing ingredients like milk, herbal tea, hydrosol, or honey can also be added to the recipe. 

What is the best home chemical peel?

woman doing facial peel

There are many chemical peels on the market that you can do at home however, we believe that the best at home chemical peel is one you make yourself!

Our recipe for a DIY chemical peel is the perfect peel to make quickly and easily at home using all natural ingredients that are gentle on skin!

Are home chemical peels safe?

There are many store bought chemical peels that you can buy for home use. If you use them according to the instructions on their packaging, they should be safe.

However, these chemical peels can have harsh chemicals and ingredients that can be harmful to skin.

They can also be irritating and cause additional breakouts, particularly if instructions on the packaging weren’t followed or you have sensitive skin.

How often should you do a chemical peel at home?

If you want to do regular peels then we recommend giving your skin time to heal between peels. We recommend waiting at least 2 weeks between peels but many people like to do a peel once per month.

If you have skin that is easily irritated, be sure you give you skin time to heal after your peel!

Do chemical peels make you look younger?

Many chemical peels can have anti-aging effects after the use of several peels. Our DIY chemical peel can also have anti-aging benefits.

The eggs and gelatin are full of amino acids and proteins that promote healing and healthy skin. It also has soothing ingredients like milk and essential oils that can help reduce inflammation as well as fine lines and wrinkles. 

How to do a DIY Chemical Peel

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When applying a face peel, it should be patted on gently and somewhat thinly to freshly cleansed skin. Some like to apply the peel to Kleenex, lay the Kleenex on the face, then apply more mixture on top.

Avoid moving the face during this time so the peel doesn’t crack. So eating a snack or having a long phone conversation wouldn’t be good ideas while doing a face peel!

After the peel feels tight and dry (about 20 minutes), it can be peeled off of the skin. It may sting a little, but shouldn’t be too painful.

Once the peel has been removed, wash the face with warm water and a washcloth to make sure it’s all off of the skin.

Splash the face with cool water to close the pores, then follow it up with a soothing moisturizer.

Skip the toner, since your skin will be more sensitive after a peel. Avoid lots of sunlight for a day or two as well.

If you use a storebought chemical peel or go have it done, you often cannot apply anything to the skin for at least 24 hours.

If you decide to make a DIY chemical peel using oyur recipe, you can apply a light moisturizer to skin.

We don’t recommend using toner after your peel because skin is more sensitive.

Are you ready to learn how to make your own DIY chemical peel at home? They’re super easy to make, all-natural, and most of these ingredients you may have already have at home!

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Milky Smooth DIY Face Peel

Yield: 1 Peel
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and essential oil. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top, and whisk to combine. At this point it will look crumbly.
  2. Vigorously whisk in the boiling water, just until smooth.
  3. Quickly apply the peel to the skin with your fingers, and follow the directions above.

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More Answers to Your Questions about DIY Chemical Peels

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Sunday 28th of November 2021

Could you use collagen powder instead of the gelatin?

Mindy Benkert

Thursday 9th of December 2021

Hi Darlene, I don't think the collagen powder will work, especially the collagen peptides as they tend to dissolve in liquid.


Wednesday 12th of August 2020

Hi! I can't wait to try this! Do you know how frequently we should be doing this? Would once a week be okay? Thank you!

Mindy Benkert

Friday 14th of August 2020

Maybe once every 2 weeks, just depends on how your skin handles it.


Saturday 25th of April 2020

Really excited to try this! I've been needing something other than a mud man to try-- thanks!!


Monday 11th of November 2019

I also have agar agar, think it wourk work great since it is a natural form of gelatin, has a all the added benefitial effects of the plant, good idea!


Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Hi! Just wondering if I could use agar agar or carrageenan in place of the gelatin? I just already have these items and wondered if they would work. ;)


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

@Angela, carregeean is not good for you internally, not sure externally.

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