Glycolic Acid Peel – Good for Your Skin or Can it Hurt You?

glycolic peel on pinterestHi, if you would like to learn about getting a glycolic acid peel you have come to the right place. I want to tell you all the pros and cons so you can decide if it is right for you.

First of all, let’s talk about chemical peels in general. Did you know there are actually dozens of different kinds of acid peels? Some of them are pretty intricate processes that will need to be performed at a clinic by a doctor. But many of them can be done at home and are cheap and easy to do.

Why would you want a chemical peel though? If you are here, chances are you already know the answer. Again, there are lots of different kinds of peels but all of them are meant to rejuvenate your facial skin. They can help with oil and acne, reducing wrinkles, eliminating dark spots and blemishes, and in general will give you a better complexion. You will look younger and healthier after getting a peel (if everything goes well).

So with all the dozens of types of chemical peels available, why should you consider getting a glycolic acid peel?

Glycolic acid peels are probably the most common kind of chemical peel. They can help with a variety of things such as reducing acne scars and blackheads, smoothing rough spots, reducing light wrinkles, evening out your skin tone, and giving you brighter healthier looking skin. I would highly recommend getting a glycolic peel for several reasons.

glycolic peel kit on amazonFirst of all, it is possible to find very affordable chemical peels- you can get a good peel for less than $20 if you shop around a little. Second, they are easy to apply. Even if you have never gotten a peel before, you shouldn’t have any problems successfully applying it. Third, there is little downtime. By that, I mean you can apply the peel and finish with everything without worrying about a long “in between” period where your skin looks worse.

There are some types of peels where the acid will hurt your skin and it will turn really red or white for a couple weeks before it starts to look better. Glycolic peels are not like that. They shouldn’t make your skin look worse, and it should only take a short time for you to notice positive results.

But as I have already said, there are many types of peels and they each have their strengths. A glycolic peel may not be the best option for you, but chances are it really can help with your skin. To make things clear, here is a short list of the pros and cons of a glycolic acid peel.

Glycolic Acid Peel Pros:

  • Helps with a lot of things. Can help smooth your skin, even your skin tone, help with hyperpigmentation, reduce wrinkles, reduce blackheads and acne scars, and give you bright and healthy looking skin.
  • Little to no downtime. This means you won’t look worse before you look better. Just apply the glycolic acid peel and you should notice results you are happy with in only a week in many cases.
  • Affordable. You can buy chemical peels at most stores for less than $30 and that is for the nicer ones. If you shop around online you can get them for less than $15.
  • Easy to apply. Even if you are beginner and don’t know anything about peels, if you read the label and instructions you should not have any trouble applying it.
  • Very mild. Compared to many other types of peels that can burn or redden your skin, glycolic peels are fairly mild. Unless you have extremely sensitive skin you should not experience any negative symptoms other than some minor flaking.

Glycolic Acid Peel Cons:

  • While glycolic peels can help with a variety of issues they are not a “one stop shop” and do not help with every problem. For example, other types of peels are better for helping with oily skin.
  • Caution required. While this is one of the milder and safer types of peels, that doesn’t mean you should get careless. If you do not read the instructions carefully it is possible to burn your skin (this is true for any kind of acid peel) so definitely take your time and be careful.

Also, here are a couple more quick tips for getting a glycolic acid peel. If this is your first time always start with a low percentage. 30% is the most common and is a safe place to start. If you decide you want additional peels in the future you can always work your way up to higher percentages. And again make sure you read the label carefully. Don’t leave the peel on for too long hoping to get better results. Doing this can harm your skin, so just follow the instructions and do the peel as directed. It is safer and the results will be better.

The Bottom Line:

So, is a glycolic acid peel the best option for you? Honestly…that is up to you. Now you know what all glycolic peels are used for and can decide if it is something you are interested in. If you have any of the issues described above, there is a very good chance a peel can help you.

The truth is that thousands of peel have had success with chemical peels and unless you get careless, you should be fine using one. Glycolic peels are one of the most popular options for a reason (several actually) and since they are also pretty cheap, there is nothing to lose in trying a peel (but again, follow the instructions!).

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