Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel
If you want a cosmetic procedure you can do at home and that will give your skin a refreshed, healthy look you could try a glycolic acid chemical peel. At home glycolic peels have been used for many years for reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face, scars, fine lines and the redness associated with acne. They can also reduce the frequency of acne flareups and help to improve skin and been damaged by the sun. Glycolic acid is a very small molecule that can easily penetrate the surface of the skin to reach deeper levels. It is an excellent exfoliating agent cleans the skin thoroughly making your skin feel refreshed and soft. Glycolic acid chemical peels are available in concentrations that range from 10% to about 70%. the higher concentration should only be used by a skilled professional.
The Glycolic Acid 35% Gel Peel pictured above is the best selling glycolic acid peel at Amazon. It is excellent for cleaning the skin and helping to clear up and prevent acne and also stimulates collagen production so is helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also evens out skin tone and minimises discolored areas. It is effective while being gentle on the skin.
Over one hundred customers at Amazon reviewed this product and gave it an average rating of four stars.Here are some quotes from actual customers.
Quote: 'I saw this Skin Laboratories 35% Glycolic Acid peel advertised, decided it certainly couldn't hurt. Bought it, received it very quickly, followed the easy-to-follow directions, love it. The lifeless, grayish appearance of my skin is gone. My smaller scars and pores are much diminished, after only 5 weeks of use, so much so that I can actually COUNT the number of scars I have left. (There were so many before, it was useless to count).'
and 'It is absolutely fantastic. I had a couple of breakouts I could not, for the life of me, get rid of. I put this on with a cotton ball, and I did wait the full 4 minutes; it tingled, but did not burn in any way. I washed it off and thought "okay, no miracles here". My face did feel smoother but that's about it. The next two days I noticed quite the improvement. My chin cleared up and my face was, again, smoother, and more even and most importantly, no breakouts. I did not need to even put on powder (which I did not live without).'
How Does a Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel Work?
The outer layer of the skin contains cells whose job is to protect the deeper layers from effects of the environment and to keep moisture in. These epidermal cells are naturally shed over time to leave healthy cells behind. This natural exfoliation can be speeded up by using a chemical peel which strips off the outer layer of dead cells leaving behind a healthier looking skin. Glycolic acid breaks down bonds that hold cells together to allow them to be easily removed. Unlike microdermabrasion which physically removes the cells, glycolic acid works by a chemical process and is often used in combination with a microdermabrasion process to give a more thorough exfoliation.
Some Advantage of a Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel
- Helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Can help to reduce age spots
- Reduce the frequency and severity of acne outbreaks
- Reduces redness associated with acne
- Improves skin damaged by the sun
- Helps regenerate skin by stimulating the production of collagen
- Can be used on most areas of the body
- Can minimize the appearance of scars particularly those associated with acne
- Can be used to remove blackheads
Using a Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel at Home
Glycolic acid peels can be safely used at home provided you use one suitable for this and follow the instructions carefully. They will contain low-level glycolic acid typically between 4% and 12% and sometimes they are blended with salicylic acid. There are however a few chemical peels sold for home use that have 30% or more glycolic acid. Unless you know exactly what you are doing you should not use these at home. Always choose a well-known brand as there are some unbranded chemical peels, usually sold online, that may cause problems and have higher levels of glycolic acid than is safe to use at home.
See the range of at home glycolic acid peels at Amazon here.
Although glycolic acid is a mild acid it should still be approached with caution and the instructions followed carefully. During the procedure the acids are neutralized to prevent burning so always take care that you do this properly.
What Can't a Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel Do?
- It cannot improve the appearance of keloid scars
- It has no effect on the appearance of tiny blood vessels on the surface of the skin
- It does not reduce the size of pores
- It does not act as a facelift
- For those with dark skin it is not suitable for improving any skin discoloration
You might also want to read about another type of chemical peel at Salicylic Acid Chemical Peel
More information on glycolic acid can be found at
A glycolic acid chemical peel can be very effective in improving the appearance of your skin and making it look younger and healthier. Home kits can safely be used provided you use a low concentration of glycolic acid and follow the instructions carefully.
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