What is a Glycolic Acid Peel?
Popularized by celebrities and beauty experts, glycolic acid peels are also known as “lunch time peels” since they only take mere minutes to work their magic. Because they are less abrasive than other chemical peels, there is less downtime involved, and a quick maintenance peel gets you in and out of the spa/dermatology office and closer to beautiful, glowing skin.
Glycolic acid is a member of the alpha hydroxy acids group (AHA) or also known as fruit acids. In fact, the citric acid found in oranges and lemons are also classified in the same group as glycolic acid. Derived from sugar cane and fruits like cantaloupe, pineapple, and grapes, glycolic acid is a naturally occurring chemical widely recognized for its exfoliating and cell regeneration properties. Both dermatologists and aestheticians often recommend glycolic acid peels to treat fine lines and wrinkles and for removing blemish scars or hyper-pigmentation.
For cosmetic uses, glycolic acid come in concentrations as low as 10% to to as high as 50%. Concentrations ranging from 50% – 75% are generally recommended to be performed by a licensed practitioner. Concentrations higher than 70% are extremely potent for the skin and are primarily used for industrial purposes. Glycolic acid peels work by penetrating deep into the skin and stimulating cell regeneration and collagen production. In essence, the glycolic acid gradually sloughs off dead skin cells, revealing fresh, smooth skin underneath. Because of this peeling effect, many patients who use glycolic acid peels have shown noticeable improvements in their skin such as a more youthful appearance or a clearer complexion. Glycolic acid can also help patients who suffer from oily skin since it is an excellent agent for unclogging pores.
Glycolic Peels Helps With:
- Acne Scars & Hyperpigmentation
- Stimulating Collagen Production
- Reduce Active Acne & Blackheads
- Deep cleans Pores
- Reduce Wrinkles
- Even out complexion
- Smooths Rough Skin
Glycolic peel treatments can be done professionally in-office or at home. Personally, I have been using glycolic acid peels for over 3 years and have only done them at home. The glycolic acid solution can be purchased inexpensively online on trusted sites such as amazon.com. Click here for a list of products I recommend. Best of all, glycolic acid peels do not need special equipment for application. Hands and fingers will do the trick.