Authoritative facts about the skin from the Glycolic.org.
Question: What is glycolic acid?
Answer: Found in many plants and natural substances, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) have been used for centuries to improve the appearance of the skin. When applied, AHA's help unglue and dislodge dead skin cells from the outer surface layers, leaving skin fresher and smoother. Of all the AHA's, glycolic acid, which is derived from sugar cane, has the greatest ability to penetrate due to its smaller molecular size. Glycolic acid can also act as a super moisturizer for the skin. Studies have shown that glycolic acid helps to loosen or break up the thick outer layer of the skin (stratum comeum) where excessive build-up of dead cells can be associated with many common skin conditions. This not only leads to a sloughing of dead cells and prevents build-up from recurring, but also results in a smoother, finer texture, increased hydration and softness, and a healthy, youthful glow.
Question: How long before I see results after performing a Peel?
Answer: You should see almost immediate results. Most patients definitely see improvement within two weeks. Six treatments are recommended to get maximum results. We can't stress enough, though, the important fact that no two faces are the same and no two faces will react the same. We do know though, that if you will use these products faithfully over time that you will be thrilled with the results!
Question: Is there anyone who can't use glycolic acid?
Answer: The only individuals who can't use glycolic acid are those who currently are using Acutane. Those individuals must stop using Acutane for, at least, four weeks prior to starting their glycolic acid treatments. Glycolic acid and Acutane can not be used together. The only other person who should not use glycolic acid is the rare individual who is allergic (1 in 15,000). In over a 5 year period, we have not had one allergic reaction to date!