So recently my friends have been asking me what I've been doing lately to my skin to make it even out so quickly and/or if a break out has subsided so quickly. Even though I have lots of tricks up my sleeve there is one thing I have incorporated into my routine for the last two moths and I am so excited to tell you about doing glycolic acid peels AT HOME.
Glycolic Acid Peel in A Nut ShellWhat Glycolic Acid Peel does in a cliff notes version without me going into specifics is that it basically breaks down the surface cell layer. So lets pretend these cells at the surface are the glue that holds the skin together and basically the Glycolic Acid will penetrate that layer so that whatever was being held there like bacteria, dirt, grime is released... you can basically see it like a chemical exfoliate removing a skin layer that is holding all these nasty things.
Now these Glycolic Acid Peels come in certain percentages and the higher percentage the deeper the Peel can penetrate.... I believe 70% is the optimal industrial grade a glycolic acid peel comes in. This means that it is at its peak at which it can penetrate at its best working condition. I BELIEVE ANTHING HIGHER THAN 50% should be done at a skin care professionals office because many things can go wrong if not done properly again you are working with chemicals so please do research but done properly this is defiantly a rewarding treatment for your face
My Experience and Discovery of at home Glycolic Acid Peels
At first I had several glycolic acid peels done at my dermatologist's office, however it was getting to a point where it was becoming time consuming and much more expensive as they added up. They were however so effective at lighting my acne scars and healing my soon to be pimples I could not not do them for the sake of feeling my best.
Well that is until I needed to save money for my friends wedding and my trips for my summer that I did my research and found that you can safely do them at home! Now for those who has never ever done an Acid Peel at home I highly recommend you to seek a skin care professional, or ask the ladies at your favorite make up counter/spa/girlfriends/anyone who knows... basically gather all the necessary information before trying to do this at home because it is ACID you are putting on your face and we don't want something even worse to happen because Glycolic Acid Peels are not for every skin type!
I did 30%, 50% and 70% Glycolic Acid Peels at my dermatologist office and they ranged from $60-80 dollars a treatment. It was defiantly giving me the results I wanted but it was a hassle leaving work to get them done and as I got more it started to add up. So having done my research I told my dermo that I would like trying to get a kit to try at home, he was really encouraging in fact and said it was simple and he knew my skin reacted well to the treatment but told me I should first try the lowest grade I did with him first which was 30% since it would be my first time handling it, he went even so far as giving me a sample of his and a small prep kit.
I was really excited but nervous to do the peel at home and at first did it for a minute and increased the time after every application which was once a week then to twice a week after my 5th at home application. You can buy kits for as little as $20 it was insane and they last for 10+ treatments I couldn't believe it!
But I must caution anyone who wants to try this to first spot test it on their skin or consult a skin care professional. It is highly important to not make mistakes! It is a simple process but you need to do your research! I don't mean to come off as making you scared of this treatment it really is great for people who can tolerate it because the results are fantastic! It really works wonders for my skin and has really improved it to renew the cells of my skin 10x's faster!