The Skin Care Field has a multitude of products containing glycolic acids, lactic acids, fruit acids, and salicylic acids. So many to choose from, and which one would be best for my skin?
Glycolic acid is the smallest molecule so it is better able to penetrate the deepest into the skin. Derived from sugar, it is the most effective but has a greater potential to irritate.
Lactic Acid, made from sour milk, is the second smallest molecule. It is gentler that glycolic and draws moisture to the skin as it removes dead skin cells while hydrating.
Fruit Acids such as Citrus (from lemon and grapefruit), and malic (from apples) are larger compounds that work on the uppermost layer of the skin. They are often combined with glycolic or lactic acids for faster results.
Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxyl acid, is ideal for treating acne. It can penetrate and unclog oily pores.
Because glycolic acid is the smallest molecule of all the acids and better penetrates, it consequently, can yield the most dramatic results. That is why it is used the most in anti aging products and doctor’s office peels. It works and does the job! It regenerates collagen, thickens the epidermis, and evens skin tone. And, regarding those in office peels, the more recent ones leave skin glowing, and not flaky like the older versions once did. Your skin should tingle for a few seconds during application and should leave skin looking refreshed afterwards. If you have sensitive skin, better opt for lactic peels. To show how popular these peels are, doctors performed over a million peels in their offices in 2012!
You can even give yourself at home peels with either DCL 20% Glycolic Peel Pads or Greatskin 20% Peel Pads or try Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads. Use 3 times weekly on cleansed skin for a smooth, poreless, glowing, radiant complexion! Finish it off with Greatskin Glycolic Moisture Crème during the day and Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Night Crème at night!