Glycolic Acid Peels: Benefits, Tips, and the Best Products

Glycolic Acid Peels: Benefits, Tips, and the Best Products

You might have heard about the refreshing and rejuvenating effects of glycolic acid peels, but maybe you weren't really sure how they worked and if there were any pros and cons. Well, we're here to walk you through the amazing powers a glycolic acid peel can have on your skin. We asked two dermatologists to help us break down the ins and outs of the treatment so you can figure out if it's right for your specific skin type and your own skin needs and concerns.

So first, it's probably important to start with what exactly glycolic acid is. "Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) made from sugarcane," explains Ife Rodney, MD, FAAD, of Eternal Dermatology and Aesthetics. "It is a popular active ingredient in skincare for its exfoliation properties. In low concentrations, it can be used as a face wash or in leave-on creams or lotions. You can apply a glycolic acid solution to the face, which is called a chemical peel or glycolic peel. Glycolic peels remove the stratum corneum (the outermost layers of the skin) and clear clogged pores to reveal fresh, smooth, and bright skin. Glycolic acid peels come in different concentrations, ranging from 20% up to 70%. They target different types of acne, skin discoloration, or uneven tone and texture."

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