Glycolic acid peels are a popular type of rejuvenating treatment that can help address a variety of skin issues. Dermatologists typically use 30 to 40 percent glycolic acid for these peels, which work by breaking through dead skin cells at the cellular level. This helps to remove dead skin and dirt from the surface, revealing brighter, more youthful-looking skin. Glycolic acid peels can be used to treat acne and melasma, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and lighten hyperpigmentation.
They are considered one of the most effective and gentle peels available, with a low risk of adverse events. When it comes to choosing a glycolic acid peel, there are several different manufacturers to choose from. For first-time users, NeoStrata's 20 percent glycolic peel is a great option. It's important to note that these peels can make the skin very sensitive to the sun, so it's important to use a sunscreen with a high SPF for at least 6 weeks after the peel. It's also important not to overuse glycolic acid peels or scrubs.
According to Krista Eichten, licensed esthetician and vice president of products and services at Sanitas Skincare, glycolic acid is paramount when it comes to chemical peels. However, it's best to use them in moderation in order to get the best results.