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This is what non-neutralized glycolic acid means.

pH indicator - non-neutralized glycolic acid - Dermatologist's Choice

Have you heard of non-neutralized acids?

Well the truth is not all acid is made equal. The key to receiving all the good benefits of AHA acids is to use a product with non-neutralized glycolic. A term pioneered by Dermatologist of 40 years, Dr. Bottiglione. Read on to learn what it really means, plus the pros of non-neutralized glycolic acid.

First, not all glycolic is made equal.

  • Neutralization simply happens when the glycolic is mixed with chemicals.
  • Neutralization happens during either manufacturing or application. In some cases, the manufacturer neutralizes the glycolic before it even goes into the bottle. Other times, the esthetician will neutralize it before applying to a client's skin. Either way, the result is the same - consumers receive an ineffective product.
  • Neutralized glycolic molecules have lost their ability to enter the pores and activate cell renewal and collagen production.
  • Dermatologist's Choice does not neutralize its glycolic acid formulations and thus delivers real results for brighter and clearer skin.
  • Education and transparency are important so the consumer understands when they are getting a neutralized glycolic.

Why other glycolic products will likely do nothing to improve your skin.

  • Reviews have come out that products with "pure" glycolic acid doesn’t tingle, which means the glycolic is neutralized.
  • If you want to get the benefits of glycolic acid, it needs to work (duh). And you'll know it's working by the tingle.
  • No tingle at 10% or higher means neutralized, and neutralized glycolic acid is about the same pH as water. Skin needs more than water to improve texture and reduce fine lines and acne.
  • Neutralized glycolic molecules have lost their ability to enter the pores and activate cell renewal and collagen production.
  • Bottom line - the tingle means it is working. Dr. B has 40 years of dermatology experience performing chemical peels which use real non-neutralized glycolic and other AHA’s. It is clear when you are using a non-neutralized glycolic because skin will react immediately with a tingle.
PRO'S of Non-Neutralized Glycolic: 
  • Feel the "Trustworthy Tingle"
  • Delivers the full benefits of glycolic acid.
  • Proper pH to penetrate into the pores.
  • Improves the skin more efficiently. 
  • It is what the dermatologist use in the office. 
  • No added buffers that water it down.
  • A real product you can trust.
CON'S of Neutralized Glycolic Acid:
  • No "Trustworthy Tingle"
  • Cancels out the benefits of glycolic. 
  • Similar to applying water to your skin. It doesn't work.
  • Sounds good but does nothing to improve the skin.
  • pH is high and doesn't enter the pores.

Dermatologist's Choice's Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads with 10% non-neutralized glycolic acid will actually brighten and clear your skin overnight.

  • Formulated by Dermatologist Dr. B to provide a mild chemical peel in your home.
  • Non-neutralized glycolic acid penetrates deep into the second layer of skin activating the cell turnover process, reducing skin pigmentation, acne, and fine lines.
  • Most see brighter, clearer looking skin after one use.
  • Increases collagen production in the skin.
  • Cleanse + Tone + Exfoliate, making it the ideal 1 step treatment. 
  • No parabens and No fragrance. Certified Cruelty Free and Dermatologist Tested.
    *** Watch out for products that advertise high percentage of glycolic acid (~20% or more). Not possible for OTC. A Key that it is neutralized. 
    Have you tried a product with non-neutralized glycolic?
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