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What Can Glycolic Acid Do For Your Skin?

Author : Helen Sanders

Glycolic acid can improve a variety of common skin complaints. It is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that chemically exfoliates the skin. Many chemical peels use glycolic acid or other AHA's to peel away the first layer or so of skin to expose fresh skin beneath. This type of serious exfoliation is useful to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars. You can also use it on your body to fade stretch marks. It is used in lower concentrations to treat acne and hyperpigmentation, such as age spots.

AHA's are very strong and can burn the skin if not used correctly. In the past you had to visit and skin care profession in office to get a good peel. Today you can get very strong formulations for use at home, but they can be so strong that they can actually produce more damage. Do not start off using the strongest product you can find. It takes a little while to get your skin used to AHA's and have it ready for a peel that uses above 30% glycolic acid. Use a mild product in the beginning and work your way up slowly.

Glycolic acid comes in a many different skin care products. Creams and lotions are often the best choice for starting out or getting ready for peels. The creamy base usually contains other ingredients that can soothe away potential irritation. They usually contain levels around 10%, which won't burn the skin. This is an ideal percentage for fighting acne or fading the brown spots left after a pimple heals. Serums can be very strong, so use extreme caution when using a product that contains 20% or higher. Peels often come in gels or soaked cotton pads and are rinsed off.

Glycolic acid will often cause your skin to peel if it is strong enough. The strong products are not meant for daily use, so be sure to check the label for the proper frequency. Peeling is a sign of good exfoliation and is very effective for reducing wrinkles.

Alpha hydroxy acids cause your skin to become photosensitive, or sun burn easily, for about 2 weeks after use. Using a sunblock during this period is critical to avoid sun damage.

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