Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that is commonly used in skincare products to improve the appearance of the skin. But what exactly does a glycolic acid peel treat on the skin? And how does it work to achieve these results? In this blog post, we'll explore the science behind glycolic acid and how it can be used to improve the appearance of the skin.
Glycolic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is derived from sugar cane. It works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells, which allows them to be easily removed from the surface of the skin. This process, known as exfoliation, can help to improve the appearance of the skin. Also, the absorbance of non-neutralized glycolic acid will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by rejuvenation in the dermis (aka deepest layer of skin), as well as improving the texture and tone of the skin.
Glycolic acid can also help to reduce the appearance of acne by unclogging pores and preventing the build-up of dead skin cells. Additionally, it can also help to lighten the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage or aging.
One of the key benefits of glycolic acid is that it can penetrate the skin more effectively than other types of exfoliants, such as scrubs or mechanical exfoliants. This is because it is a water-soluble acid, which means it can easily penetrate the surface of the skin and reach the deeper layers where it can be most effective.
When used in a peel, glycolic acid can be applied to the skin in a higher concentration, increasing its effectiveness. Dr. B. recommend the potent Ultra Anti-Aging Cream. When the peel is applied, it causes the outermost layer of the skin to peel off, revealing the new, fresh skin underneath.
Glycolic acid peels can be applied professionally or at home. At-home glycolic acid peels are less concentrated than professional peels and can be used regularly to maintain the results. In a lot of cases, when glycolic is used regularly in your skincare routine, you can achieve similar results to a professional peel at home. The best at-home glycolic peel is the Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads. However, it's important to note that professional peels are more effective because of their concentration and should be done by professionals.
In conclusion, non-neutralized glycolic acid is a powerful tool for improving the appearance of the skin. It works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells and penetrating the skin to unclog pores, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve texture and tone, and lighten dark spots. If you're looking for a way to improve the appearance of your skin, glycolic acid may be a good option to consider. Try the mild Facial Enhancement glycolic cream to start.
It's important to note that, before using any new product or treatment, it's always a good idea to consult with a skincare professional or a dermatologist to determine if it's appropriate for your skin type and condition. Dermatologist's Choice products are being used in Dr. B's office and are excellent and safe to begin with for a glycolic skincare routine.
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