Chemical peels, particularly glycolic acid peels, are not something new. In fact, glycolic acid peels were used by dermatologists as early as 70s. Chemical peels remove surface layers of the skin and allow growth of smoother, fresher-looking skin. While there are several acids that could be used for this procedure, glycolic acid, originally derived from sugar cane, is the most popular of all.
There are several reasons why glycolic acid is the most popular of all alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs). First of all it is extremely effective. It is explained by the fact that it is the smallest of the alpha hydroxyl molecules, therefore the most active. Second, it has very few side effects even when used in strong concentrations. Several studies have proved the merits of glycolic acid in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improving hydration. It is also known to benefit acne sufferers.
It is important to mention that while using glycolic acid products (for example creams) will generally make your skin less sensitive to sun, you still have to be extremely careful and diligently protect your skin from sun after glycolic acid peel.
Glycolic acid peels will immediately improve your skin tone, erase small wrinkles and promote production of new collagen. The effect will vary depending on the strength of the peel. The deeper is the peel, the more extensive your skin renewal.
There are three levels of peels. The mildest level uses glycolic acid at a concentration below 35%. Since this doesn’t require prescription, mild glycolic acid peels can be performed by a skincare professional. However the effect will be also very mild.
Medium strength peels use higher concentration up to 70%. This will remove craw’s feet, small to moderate wrinkles, correct blemishes and pigmentation spots.
We do not recommend peels at higher concentration than 70%. While the effect could be absolutely terrific, the dangers of chemical peel gone wrong are too serious. It is better to go for moderate depth peel and then follow the treatment by using glycolic acid products at home. In case you are not satisfied with the results light and moderate glycolic acid peels can be repeated in a month or two.
Here is what you probably would want to try at home. (You need only one of the two. All available at Amazon):
Glytone Acne Gel contains 10% Benzoyl Peroxide and is a great solution for mild to moderate acne and blemish prone skin. Click on image for details.
Skin Obsession 40% Glycolic Acid Peel for Acne, Scars, Age Spots & Lines. Click on image for details.
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