How often can I use a 30 percent glycolic acid peel?

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How often can I use a 30 percent glycolic acid peel?
A glycolic acid peel gives skin back its healthy glow. (skin care image by anna karwowska from Fotolia.com)

When used on a regular basis, glycolic acid peels help to diminish acne scars and age lines by chemically removing dead skin cells to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. They also stimulate collagen production and moisture absorption, promoting a healthier appearance. A glycolic acid peel of up to 30 per cent strength may be recommended for use roughly once per week, depending on the individual's skin sensitivity. The product produces the best results after four to six treatments.

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Hypersensitivity and Other Problems

Someone who has never used glycolic acid may want to start with a 10 to 20 per cent strength product and gradually increase the acid concentration she uses. A glycolic acid chemical peel can leave skin very sensitive to sunlight; therefore, using sunblock after a treatment is imperative. Glycolic acid also can interfere with pre-existing skin conditions.

How often can I use a 30 percent glycolic acid peel?
Sunblock should be used after chemical peels. (sunshine image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

Bottom Line

Depending on the user's skin, a glycolic acid peel with up to 30 per cent strength may be recommended for use about once each week. People should always check with a dermatologist, however, for possible contraindications based on prior skin conditions before starting a glycolic acid treatment of 30 per cent or higher.

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