April 28, 2010

Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel Review

Like a lot of people who are tired of trying masks and skin care lines that promise the world but does little to nothing other than smell good, I have finally found a new love of my life- the Glycolic Acid Peel. I discovered this peel at a spa getting a facial. The peel works like a mask: you put it on your face, wait a few minutes and wash it off. Except this peel does more than every other masks I’ve tried- It actually diminish pimples and improve your skin texture.

What is a Glycolioc acid peel?
It’s a none-threatening way to remove blemishes and acne. It can refine the texture of your skin and improve your complexion.

How does it work?
The peel exfoliates and strips off the top layer of your skin getting rid of older and damaged cells making room for the younger ones to grow.

How much does it cost?
These peels can cost between $50 - $80 per treatment in a spa, but you can easily purchase a peel kit and do it yourself at home for a lot cheaper! The difference between spa treatment and at home kit is that the home kit is not as strong, but still does the job just in smaller doses.

Does it hurt?
No, but stronger glycolic acid peels may make your skin peel for the first few days which is good and normal. Just make sure you really moisturize for those few days.

So what does it actually work on?
If you read up on glycolic acid peel online there are a bunch of promises that the peel make such as getting rid of wrinkles, sun spots, acne, scars, enlarge pores, uneven skin tone and even stretch marks if you apply it on your body. If you believe all that you might as well sprinkle fairy dust on your body and face.

I’ve been using the at-home glycolic peel for 2 months now and here’s what I’ve noticed on my face:
- it does get rid of discoloration from pimple scars
- it doesn’t get rid of my enlarge pores, but it does heal my damaged pores from years of exfoliating causing me not to have to use blotting paper as much.
- it helps with my pimples and I seem to break out a lot less now.
- it does not work on stretch marks on my body, scars on my face or gets completely rid of wrinkles.

Where did I buy it?
You can get the peel from a lot of online places but I bought my home kit at Naturalskinshop.com, it’s a bit on the pricey side but it does lasts you quite a few peels.

I started out with 20% since I wasn’t sure how sensitive my skin is/have never performed a DIY chemical peel before, and now I’m up to 40%. Over time your skin builds tolerance but it’s best to start low to avoid damage, but if you start out with too high of concentration it might sting your skin.

If you decide to use it, follow the instructions! Don’t apply the peel more than once every other week, and only leave it on for the instructed amount of time. You know what happens when you over-exfoliate…

So if you have oily and pimple prone skin like me, try this out! It doesn’t smell great, actually it smells acidic, but this is a chemical treatment rather than a usual mask you find in drugstores. And hey if it works, who cares about the smell! :D