Glycolic acid, which is derived from sugar cane, is probably the most popular grade of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) used by physicians for facial peels. Glycolic acid peels are effective, yet they tend to produce the minimum of side effects. Peel strengths come in varying percentages, but usually start from 30% and go up to 75% concentrations.
Glycolic acid peels removes the top layer of dead cells on your skin, revealing a new layer that is smoother-textured and more vibrant-looking. These peels help with fine lines, minor skin discolorations (such as “age” spots), and dry patches known as solar keratoses. They’re also useful for treating acne and for removing or minimizing old acne scars.
Glycolic acid peels are also believed to stimulate the growth of collagen, a protein that helps give skin its structure. The loss of collagen due to aging and sun exposure is one of the factors involved in the formation of lines and wrinkles
Glycolic peels are not considered deep peels, so you don’t physically “peel” from them. Your skin may feel dry and flake a bit, there is very little downtime associated with glycolic acid peels. You probably won’t have to schedule time off work or opt out of social events because the side effects of the peel can usually be covered up with makeup.
- Help reduce active acne
- Help eliminate blackheads
- Cleans deep pores
- Improve the appearance of light wrinkles
- Stimulate natural collagen production
- Even out skin tone
- Brighten skin color
- Fade acne marks
- Fade hyperpigmentation
- Smooth rough skin