All You Need to Know About Glycolic Acid Peels

Hi everyone!

If you are someone who is looking for a solution to uneven skin tone and acne marks or simply want to get rid of fine lines and look younger, then this post is for you. This post should help you understand glycolic peels and also help you get one for yourself at home.


What is glycolic acid peel?

A peel basically exfoliates and removes the topmost layer of dead or damaged skin cells to give place to new skin that is smoother, softer and has very few imperfections. Glycolic acid peels are simply a chemical peel that features glycolic acid as the main component. Glycolic acid is a popular treatment for wrinkles and acne. Part of the alpha hydroxyl family of natural ingredients, glycolic acid is derived from sugarcane and is a fruit acid. When applied to the skin, it helps in removing the older, rougher and dryer skin on the surface. When it removes that top layer of skin, the fresh, new layer is visible.

What are the benefits of glycolic acid peel?


This peel is best for:

• Lightening age spots and freckles.
• Reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
• Correcting uneven skin tone.
• Brightening skin colour.
• Getting soft and glowing skin.
• Help eliminate blackheads and clean pores.
• Stimulate natural collagen production.
• Fade hyperpigmentation and smoothen rough skin.

Are there any side effects?

There can be very few side effects to having a glycolic acid peel:
• Burning. Right after the procedure you might feel some burning, but it often goes away quickly.
• Redness. You might have some redness, but again, this usually goes away fairly quickly.
• Tingling or sensitivity. When you are applying the product, you may experience some tingling or sensitivity but that is perfectly normal because it means the granules in the product are getting activated.
However, please go for a patch test before you start using any product to check for allergic reactions.

How much concentration and pH is safe?

For your first glycolic acid peel, you want to start with a low percentage, usually around 10-30%, and gradually build your way up to 50%, if your skin can tolerate it. If you start off with too strong, you can burn and damage your skin. Never use 75% because it is the industrial strength and is best left off to the professionals.


Is there any downtime?

Recovery time will depend on your skin and the strength of the peel. The stronger the peel, more the time it will require to recover. Glycolic peels are not considered deep peels, so you don’t physically “peel” from them. Your skin may feel dry and flake a bit, but it’s nowhere as intense as the peeling from TCA peels. Therefore, 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. However, during the recovery time, don’t pick at your face and definitely avoid using scrubs and other exfoliating products until your skin fully heals. You should also stay out of the sun and use a good sunscreen. Chemical peels make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you want to make sure you protect your skin from getting future sun damage.

How long will it take to show the results?

It takes time for your skin to recover from the peel, so it will take some time before your skin shows any improvements, even though you might feel a little better after each peel. Certain skin issues take multiple glycolic peels before improvements are seen. However, if your skin does not get better after a few weeks or months, you might need to get a stronger peel next time.
If you are getting a peel before a wedding or any important event, make sure that you get it at least 1-2 weeks prior to the event. Because apart from the fact that your skin needs time to heal,you may also breakout or experience excessive redness or irritation.

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