Before you even try to have a glycolic acid peel, there are certain things that you need to consider in order to determine if this method suits you well. For one, not everyone can expect a certain result from this method of peeling. One thing that you need to understand is that if you have sensitive skin, you might need to go to a dermatologist first before going through the process. There are some cases on individuals with sensitive skin who had glycolic peeling resulting to certain reactions leading to inflammation.
If glycolic acid peel gives such reactions, you may also wonder why they are generally available over the counter. One reason is that the safety regulations implemented on the concentration levels of glycolic acid peel are only limited to 10% and above. However, most products that are readily available for purchasing have contents of about 5% to 8%. As a matter of fact, some experts double the efficacy of the concentration but the manufacturers just do not want to take a risk in attracting legal liabilities if they fail to follow the guidelines being set on them regarding the limitations of the concentration levels.
For example, 70% or more glycolic acid can actually remove grease and rust in many industrial applications. At the same time, many medical facilities offering deep glycolic acid peel use 50% concentration levels. However, this calls for the need to have a licensed medical practitioner to take charge in all clinical settings because the risk is quite higher involving the use of glycolic acid at a high level. As a matter of fact, there are certain cases wherein chemical peeling treatments result to irregular heartbeats resulting after the treatment. There are also certain cases that required intravenous anesthetics provided due to the irregular heartbeats.
A glycolic acid peel works by using a solution or a skin peeling cream that contains glycolic acid peel, acting as an exfoliant. Exfoliation refers to the process if eliminating dead skin cells on the topmost layers of the skin. The natural process involved in exfoliation includes shedding away of dead skin. However, with the use of glycolic acid in the peeling process, penetrations down below dissolves the substance holding from the outermost down to the deeper skin layers. When the topmost layer is removed, the chemical ingredients of the solution collect them, exposing newer, healthier, and more skin.