AHA 35% Glycolic Peel – Gentle peeling
Glycolic acid (from sugar cane) is the most common peeling agent. Can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, improve skin texture, brighten skin. Do not use in summer.
Glycolic acid (GA) obtained from sugar cane is used in the most common alpha hydroxy acid bark. GA has the lowest molecular weight among all alpha hydroxy acids. It penetrates the skin easily, making it a popular peeling agent. GA peels have anti-inflammatory, keratolytic and antioxidant effects. GA targets the corneosome by increasing degradation and decreasing cohesion, causing desquamation.
Glycolic acid (GA) peels have anti-inflammatory, keratolytic and antioxidant effects. GA targets the corneosome by increasing degradation and decreasing cohesion, causing desquamation. The intensity of the peeling is determined by the concentration of the acid, the vehicle used to load it, the amount of acid applied and the technique used. GA peels need to be properly neutralized to prevent skin acidification. Applying acid to the skin saturates the cells’ ability to resist acidification; excess acid must be neutralized to prevent burning.
It is also important to note that this peel typically does not produce visible peeling, regardless of the strength level. The lower % will likely not require downtime or visible peeling. Higher % may produce minimal to moderate peeling three days after application and continue for another three to four days. When using glycolic peels, it is important to remember that skin eventually becomes tolerant and users will need to apply deeper peels or switch to a different solution over time. Also, the longer the peel hardens, the deeper it will penetrate.