Have you ever wanted to try a higher percentage Glycolic Acid peel?
There are a lot of studies and images on the internet about the effectiveness of higher percentage Glycolic Acid Peels. However, most of the studies are more than 10 years old, but that doesn’t mean it is less effective, now than it was in those studies. I just tend to like studies that have been more updated in recent years.
I was interested in a study in 2016 comparing the effectiveness of a glycolic acid peel to radiofrequency used by Dermatologists for skin tightening. The study showed that both were equally effective.
I have had professional peels and I have used this peel at home in the past. It has worked out really well on my skin and it does firm up the skin. I have some larger pores on my upper cheeks and this peel does help make those pores appear smaller. Not disappear. We have to be realistic about the changes that may happen.
So I decided that it was time that I started using it again and on a fairly consistent schedule. Nothing works really well in skin care without some consistency.
I purchased this peel off of Amazon for $18.49 for 1oz. I pay around $80.00 per professional peel. So, it is a cost effective option.
This at home peel comes with instructions that you should follow very carefully. I wouldn’t leave it on longer than 3 minutes when you start out using this peel or for quite sometime after starting using the peel for that matter. More doesn’t always mean better (trust me).
Be sure to quit using your Retin-A (3 to 4 days) or Retinol products at least 2 to 3 days before using a higher percentage peel. I would also suggest putting petroleum jelly around your lower lash line and on your eyelids to make sure you don’t get the solution too close around your eyes.
Q-tips or cotton buds will apply the peel in a lighter application. Applying with guaze will apply more solution to the skin. I wouldn’t use the guaze that comes with the peel solution. It is kind of rough, in my opinion, I would purchase your own if you are going to use guaze.
Be sure to do your own research before you decided that you want to give it a try. You may even want to go to a professional for this type of peel and try it out first to see if you like it.
Or you may want to check out this study, that has a more comprehensive view of Glycolic Peels and has pictures of the effectiveness on acne. However, you can also see in the pictures and in the study it has a big effect on skin tone as well.
This peel does leave the skin swollen and quite soar for a few hours after the peel. After that, there is a few superficial scabs (not all of the time). There is some peeling for the next few days, as well. I haven’t experiences a lot of peeling, but some. You face will get warmer faster and tingle a bit when you exercise for about a day after and that is normal.
I am sure you are thinking, why does she want to start using this again?Because of the results.
However, I do understand that there are a lot of negatives listed here for some and I completely understand. There are other peels or solutions on the market that may not work as fast, but will work over time.
I am not sure about the skin firming for these other peels, because they were not in the study and they are milder so it will take longer to see the same kind of results. You have to also take into account the condition of your skin and your age.
See my post on exfoliating your skin: In that post, I highlight
The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, but Revolution Skincare also has a similar one as well, it can be purchase online at Ulta for $10.00. Great peel, but it needs consistency as well to work, it’s best.
Or my post on Nip and Fab for more information on Glycolic in daily facial pads.