Glycolic acid is a non-toxic substance from fruit sugar. It stimulates older surface skin cells to slough off in a regular and efficient manner. When this process is underway the skin begins to produce new cells, increased collage production and strengthen elastin fibers. The stimulation of the skin’s own immune system, the Langerhans Cells, provides and increased defense against precancerous conditions and other foreign invaders. Usually missed pre-cancerous lesions will often simply “peel off” with glycolic use. Aging due to “cross-linking” is also diminished.
Within the first week, most people notice a smoothing and tightening of the skin and a better overall color as circulation improved. The pores release old debris and appear more refined. Due to this action an acne condition will begin to clear within a week or two and remain clear with continued use. After a period of some months (this time-frame depends on age, health, and genetic background), fine lines around the eyes begin to disappear, deeper lines soften, and overall tone is improved.
Is glycolic acid safe?
How exactly does glycolic acid work?
As skin ages, the release of old skin cells slows dramatically and the most visible layer, the stratum corneum, thickens unevenly. This skin can appear dry, scaly and exhibit hyper-pigmentation (''age spots''). With the release of these older, dry cells, the skin begins to look and feel hydrated and soft. Pore size is reduced, and the overall color and health of the skin improves by the increased circulation.
The benefits of glycolic acid are extraordinary for acne sufferers. Glycolic acid reduces the build-up of dead cells (hyper-keratosis), which is a frequent cause of troubled complexions. Glycolic acid penetrates the skin to effectively release new cells which heals blemishes and pimples. By keeping cell build-up to a minimum, the acne begins to noticeably diminish. Treatment with glycolic acid is equally successful on scars and pigmentation.
Age spots are lightened with the release of dark or pigmented surface cells. Glycolic acid together with hydroquinone (a natural anti-pigmentation product derived from mushrooms), is the best way to naturally lighten uneven skin pigment. Many age spots on the face, hands and arms are simple keratosis. Glycolic products are very effective in reducing superficial lesions by penetrating skin's thickened layer, preventing trouble before it begins. Sun block is essential to prevent re-pigmentation.
What results can I expect when using glycolic acid?
Are there any side effects from using glycolic acid?
What is the most common side effect from glycolic acid?
We do recommend you stop using glycolic products 24 hours before a professional salon peel.