Glycolic Acid has been beneficial in improving dry skin, treating age spots, decreasing facial lines, and rejuvenating the skin’s surface. Dermatologists and estheticians have been utilizing glycolic acid as an effective and proven tool in the fight against the aging process.
Problem Type/ Purpose: Aging Skin, Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Large pores, Age spots, Sun damage, Freckles, Tattoos, Stretch Marks, Acne and Acne Scars
Skin Types: Ideal for Dry Skin, Normal Skin, Oily Skin, Acne Prone Skin, and Mature Skin. Sensitive skin should do a spot test on a patch of skin before using it on their face.
What Are Alpha Hydroxy Acids?
Alpha-hydroxy acids are commonly found and isolated from fruits of all sorts. That is why they are referred to as fruit acids. For example, malic acid is found in apples, citric acid can be isolated from most citrus fruits and glycolic acid is commonly found in honey and sugar cane. Lactic acid is found in milk that has soured and Tartaric acid can be isolated from fermented grapes (wine).
Glycolic acid works as an exfoliating agent because of its high acidity but easy solubility. When placed on the skin as part of an exfoliating cream or gel, glycolic acid goes under the damaged upper layers of skin and destroys the ‘glue’, which holds dead skin to the surface. As this dead skin is chemically burned off, the other ingredients carry the individual flakes away and a water rinse neutralizes the remaining acid. The result is a much-smoother skin surface and a more youthful appearance. A secondary benefit is glycolic acid’s ability to draw moisturizers into the newly exfoliated skin surface.
One study showed that topical treatment twice a day for 3 months with 5% glycolic acid cream at pH 2.8 affected surface and epidermal changes, while the same treatment, but with a 12% cream reached deeper and influenced both the epidermis and the deeper dermis layer, and resulted in increased epidermal and dermal firmness and thickness. Both showed clinical improvement in skin smoothness and in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Another study showed that AHAs might thin the outer stratum corneum, but actually end up increasing the overall thickness of the epidermis. This thickening is accompanied by increased synthesis of collagen. It is apparent that alpha-hydroxy acids may do more than just increase exfoliation and skin cell turnover.
How does a chemical peel work?
Chemical peels work by loosening and gently sloughing off the damaged, unattractive skin cells. Depending on the strength of the peel, you may feel a slight tingling or the mild sting of sunburn. Flaking may occur several days following the peel as the damaged skin is freed and new, unblemished skin cells rise to the surface. Glycolic Peels can also work on the deeper layers of skin to accelerate the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin.
Benefits Of Glycolic Acid Peels:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Dull, dry complexion
Uneven skin tone
Tightens saggy skin
Stimulates new collagen
Smoother skin texture
Exfoliate and remove surface debris
Which Chemical Peel is Right For You?
10% Glycolic Toner
• Great mini-peel for those who have never used a glycolic acid peels before. • This can be used in between peels to maintain results.
35% Light-Medium Peel
For those familiar with skin exfoliates and light-medium strength peeling.
For 30 and older skin beginning to enter the maturing period.
An effective, yet not dramatic peel.
Serious cellular rejuvenation with minimal downtime.
50% Medium-Deep Peel
For skin that can tolerate a stronger Glycolic acid peel
Mature-aged, sun-damaged, uneven skin tone and acne scarred skin.
Intermediate strength AHA peel
Previous peels experience a must.
70% Deep Peel
Maximum strength Glycolic peel.
Previous chemical peel experience strongly recommended.
Visible exfoliation and moderate downtime.
Please note this should only be used on feet, hands and other similar areas
May be used for diluting to a lower strength
Glycolic acid Peel Kits is the perfect choice for at-home use with proper preparation, application, and post-treatment care.
Directions: Detailed instructions for use and aftercare come with every order of this product.
Directions: Make a Skin Patch Test – Always do a skin patch test before applying the Glycolic Peel Solution. Choose a small area and dab on the peel solution. Watch the area for blistering and intense burning for about 2 to 3 minutes. There will be a mild burning and general redness. Clean the area you are treating with Skin Beauty Solution Cleanser. Rinse with clean warm water and gently pat dry. Apply a small amount of Glycolic Peel solution to the areas cleansed and toned (Do not rub into skin). Leave on for recommended amount of time. Rinse product from skin with cool clean water mixed with a pinch of baking soda to neutralize and pat dry. Finishing with a Skin Beauty solutions Moisturizer to treated areas. Specially designed for the restoring of skin after your peel treatment.
Which Chemical Peel Should I use?
Lactic Acid Skin Peel- This Peel is great for those who are new to Skin Chemical Peels, it will exfoliate dead skin cells which will give a brighter, even skin tone at the end. Great for All Skin Types
Glycolic Acid Peel (Buffered)- This Peel will exfoliate the skin and is great for First-time Glycolic users. This will help to exfoliate the top layers of dead skin cells. Great for Aging Skin, Wrinkles, Large Pores, Dry Skin.
Glycolic Acid Peel (Unbuffered)- This is a low PH Glycolic Acid and should only be used by those who have used Lactic and Glycolic Buffered in the past and can tolerate a stronger peel. The Glycolic Acid Peel Unbuffered is a strong exfoliator and will help those who suffer from Acne, Blackheads, Oily Skin.
Glycolic/Lactic Combination Peel- The combination has both the benefits of the Glycolic Acid Unbuffered Peel and the Lactic Acid. This should only be used by experienced users, and for those with Mature Skin, Acne, Scars.
Salicylic Acid Peel– This is Peel will help congested pores and will penetrate into clogged pores to remove dirt and oil. It can be used more frequently than the other peels without much risk for irritation. Great for Oily, Acneic Skin types. Should only be used by those who have experience with Glycolic Peels.
FAQ: What Should I expect?
AHAs can produce some redness with little or no flaking, depending on the individual. Most of the time, AHA peels will require no downtime, so you can resume normal daily activities immediately.
How long do chemical peels take? Most peels can be performed within a few minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
How are chemical peels performed? There are numerous chemical peels and each one is performed differently. In general, chemical peels usually begin with vigorous cleansing of the skin, followed by application of the appropriate peel.
What should I use at home to maintain the condition of my skin after a chemical peel? After the peel, it is important to keep your skin moisturized for faster healing. It is recommended to apply a moisturizer free from fragrances or exfoliants. We recommend our All-Natural Squalane Oil or Niacinamide B3 serum.
Caution: Misuse of products containing Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid can cause injury or burns to the skin. Directions must be followed carefully, and the following are some important reminders for use of Glycolic peel products: Always perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area and wait 24 hours to observe signs of irritation before using any product. Directions must be followed exactly. Do not leave on longer than the directions state. To do so risks skin injury. Do not use the higher strengths of Glycolic Acid Peels if pregnant or nursing and consult your Physician before use for any other product. Do not use if you have undergone recent Chemotherapy treatment or Accutane Treatment. Consult your Physician if you have any questions regarding the use of a product with any illness or condition you may have. Always use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater when on a Glycolic treatment program or any exfoliating program. Do not use any products around the eyes unless it is a product specifically for the eye area. If excessive irritation or stinging occurs with any product, rinse off immediately and discontinue use when in doubt about what to do, consult a physician.
Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward.
Ingredients: MD Grade Glycolic Acid, and Deionized water