Glycolic acid peel and lactic peels are becoming more and more popular. But what are they? How are they different? And how does your skin benefit from these treatments? Cleopatra was famous for her love of Lactic Acid. She swore by her “milk” bath for soft, smooth, hydrated skin.
Let’s dive in to explore the glycolic and lactic peels.
GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL
WHAT IS GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL?
Glycolic Acid is part of a group of active compounds known as AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids). Glycolic Acid is derived from the sugar cane. It has the ability to penetrate the skin deeply and easily because of its small molecular structure. Glycolic Acid’s ability to penetrate the skin deeply contributes to its effectiveness in treating fine lines, pigmentation (sun spots), dullness, blackheads, etc.
WHAT DOES GLYCOLIC ACID DO TO THE SKIN WHEN APPLIED?
When Glycolic Acid is applied to the skin it will loosen the “glue-like substance” that holds the skin cells together. When the “glue” that holds the skin cells together is loosened, the skin’s old, dead cells will shed.
HOW IS IT THAT SHEDDING, EXFOLIATING OF OLD, DEAD SKIN CELLS IMPROVES THE SKIN?
Removing and sloughing off dead skin cells will reveal smoother, brighter younger looking skin. Once the skin has rid itself of old skin cells it appears brighter and is left with a healthy glow.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A GLYCOLIC PEEL?
- Provides a remarkably even exfoliation of the skin
- Evens out skin texture
- Wrinkles and fine lines will be less apparent
- Hydrates and brightens skin
- Because Glycolic will dissolve dead skin cells, blocked pores will be cleared and blackheads will improve
- Increases cellular turnover; removing dead cells and revealing younger healthier cells on the surface of the skin
- Very effective on acne
- Products will penetrate more effectively when the barriers of dead cells are removed
- The benefits of a Glycolic Peel are compounded, meaning once you have done one peel your second, third and fourth peel will improve an already improved skin.
WHAT IS LACTIC ACID?
Lactic Acid is derived from a milk (sour) source. It works by breaking down the glue that holds the cells of the skin together. Lactic Acid works more on the surface of the skin, therefore making it a gentler peel than Glycolic Acid.
WHAT DOES LACTIC ACID DO WHEN APPLIED TO THE SKIN?
Lactic Acid works by breaking down the glue (between the skin cells) causing them to slough off and reveal newer, shinier, healthier skin.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LACTIC ACID?
- Very gentle (more so than glycolic acid), therefore it can be used on a sensitive skin
- Very hydrating and therefore excellent for dry skin
- Lactic Acid is great for dry skin as it has excellent skin softening ability
- Reduces fine lines
- Improves skin tone and texture
- Fades pigmentation (sun spots)
- Controls/prevents breakouts and oiliness
- Improves cellular turnover and can help encourage the skins production of elastin and collagen improving fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves product absorption
WHAT DO YOU FEEL WHEN GLYCOLIC ACID OR LACTIC ACID PEELS ARE APPLIED TO THE SKIN?
The skin will tingle when either Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid Peels are applied to the skin. If the peel is penetrating the skin you will feel something.
WHEN WILL YOU SEE RESULTS FROM A GLYCOLIC ACID OR LACTIC ACID PEEL?
An effective product should leave the skin looking immediately refreshed.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME/RECOVERY WITH A GLYCOLIC ACID OR LACTIC ACID PEEL?
No. Both peels are non-surgical and require no downtime or recovery time. You probably won’t even see the skin peeling but you don’t have to see the skin peel to see the results.
Glycolic Acid Peel and Lactic Acid Peel are very popular for so many reasons. They are so easy to do, they require no downtime, and the skin is obviously improved. They are often called the “lunchtime” peels because you can do a peel on your lunch hour and return to work immediately afterward.
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