Our Better Complexions glycolic acid peels are one of our most popular products and are a safe and effective treatment to brighten the skin and treat acne. Glyclolic acid is an alpha hydroxy “fruit” acid that occurs naturally in sugar crops and other types of plants. Glycolic peels are used by doctors, dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and estheticians all over the world to treat a variety of skin conditions. What makes glycolic peels so popular is that with most of the lower strength solutions there is little to no healing time required unlike a 35% TCA peel which will require about a week of recovery time. They are also more suitable for dark skin types.
Glycolic acid peels are an effective acne treatment. A study in Japan found that patients given a glycolic acid peel with a solution of 20-50% over the course of 5 treatments with 1-4 weeks in between treatments showed a 94% rate of improvement marked as excellent. Many dermatologists also prescribe a tretinoin cream like Retin A in conjunction with glycolic peels. Other studies have produced similar remarkable results as an acne treatment. It was also found to improve the appearance of acne scars and marks in 67% of patients.
They’re also an effective exfoliation treatment to remove old dead skin cells and bring out the fresher brighter skin underneath. Peels also increase the skins production of collagen and elastin which can help firm the skin below minimizing wrinkles and fine lines over time.
If you’re new to peeling it is recommended that you start with a light glycolic solution of around 30% strength and work your way up to the more intensive 50% strength and higher peels. Your skin must become accustomed to the peeling process. Also it’s important not to repeat the procedure too frequently or you could end up with raw looking skin from overexfoliation. It is also important to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above until your skin is fully healed.
Whether you’re looking for an effective acne treatment or just to exfoliate your dead skin cells and rejuvenate your skins appearance our Better Complexions Glycolic peels are an excellent choice.