Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that can be extracted from fruits, sugar beets, and sugar cane. It is one of the mildest acids that can be used on the skin. Glycolic acid is the go-to ingredient dermatologists normally use to treat acne, scars, fine lines, melasma, hyperpigmentation, and sun spots.
Glycolic peels are chemical exfoliants, and they remove all the dead skin cells laying on top of the skin’s surface. By doing this, you will reveal healthier skin underneath and a glowing, more youthful complexion will surface. Glycolic acid is part of a family of acids called ‘alpha hydroxy acids,’ which are all fruit acids. A glycolic chemical peel is one of the mildest forms of chemical peels and is great for sensitive skin types. Glycolic acid is considered a natural acid and is derived from sugar cane and fruit acids. A glycolic acid chemical peel affects the epidermis by breaking up the bonds (or the glue) in the skin that hold onto the dead cells. By removing this glue, the dead cells are then released and the newer, healthier-looking skin can be revealed. This layer of skin hiding underneath is still virgin skin and is not damaged with acne, sun spots or fine lines and wrinkles.
Glycolic Peel Benefits
The benefits of a glycolic acid chemical peel are to help improve the overall appearance of the skin and especially target:
- Acne Scars
- Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Brown spots
Gycolic acid peels also remove pore-clogging debris from the skin and help reduce acne breakouts. By removing dirt and debris from the skin, the pores appear smaller and the overall complexion looks better and less oily. Most people will see a nice improvement to their skin after just one glycolic acid chemical peel treatment. For best results, two to three glycolic peels are recommended to show more extreme improvement to skin texture and an overall younger and more rejuvenated appearance to the skin. The glycolic acid peel is safe for all skin tones and skin types and can safely be used on light to dark skin tones as well as acne-prone skin and on oily, normal, dry or combination skin types.