To get smoother, younger looking skin, you may need the help of a chemical peel. The most popular at-home peel is the glycolic acid peel.
Without a prescription, the best home treatment is glycolic acid
, a chemical. An ingredient in some skincare products, OTC glycolic acid comes in a lower strength than the peels done in a medical office.
To really get the most out of your home treatment, you want a strength of 8%, 10% or 15%. However there are some who feel that any strength lower than 10% does not cause any skin changes.
How Does Glycolic Acid Work?
Glycolic acid is an exfoliant. It works by seeping into the more superficial layers of the skin and destroying the attachments that hold the dead skin cells together. These dead skin cells are then washed off.
How Often Should I Use Glycolic Acid?
As glycolic acid is considered a chemical peel, it should not be applied too frequently in a short span of time. The frequency with which you apply the product will depend on the strength.
What Are the Aesthetic Effects of Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic acids are known to create a smoother skin surface, which provides a more youthful appearance. It can also "brighten" the skin.
What Are The Side Effects?
As with retinoids, glycolic acid can leave the skin more sensitive to the sun. Limiting sun exposure is important, as is the use of a sunscreen. Skin peeling and redness may also occur depending on the glycolic acid strength and the frequency with which it is applied.