Our glycolic acid lightening peel is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid naturally derived from certain fruits such as grapes, citrus and apples, which are modified in our laboratory. It is also derived from the sugar cane plant acts as a keratolytic (removes top layers of skin) agent and opens clogged pores. This is what causes the lightening of the skin. It has been shown in clinical studies to improve acne and the hyper-pigmentation that is present with acne. Natural fruit acids (alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs) rejuvenate the skin by encouraging the shedding of old, sun-damaged surface skin cells. Glycolic acid is the alpha hydroxy acid most frequently used for facial treatments.
What Glycolic Acid Does:
* Helps to unclog pores and control acne and blackheads. * Deep cleans pores. * Provides a smoother skin surface, assisting to diminish scarring making imperfections less noticeable. * Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates natural collagen production and reverses the signs of aging. * Evens out skin tone by assisting to eradicate Age spots and Hyperpigmentation. * Helps reverse the effects of sun-damaged skin.
Kojic acid is used to lighten the dark-colored patches of skin (also called melasma, liver spots, age spots, freckles) caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medicine, or injury to the skin. It works by blocking the chemical process (enzymes) in the skin that leads to discoloration.
Acne - Acne usually develops when the sebaceous glands and the lining of the hair follicle begin to work overtime, as they do in adolescence. Normally, the lining of the hair follicle sheds cells that are carried to the surface of the skin by the sebum. When the follicle is overworked and clogged, cells and sebum accumulate, forming a plug (comedo). If the plug stays below the surface of the skin, it is called a "closed" comedo or whitehead. If the plug enlarges and pops out of the duct, it is called an "open" comedo or blackhead because the top is dark. This is not dirt and will not wash away. The discoloration is due to the way light is absorbed by the skin cells within the opening. A Pimple is another type of acne, this is a raised, reddish spot(s) that signal inflammation or infection in the hair follicles. A Pustule is a small, medium or large circumscribed elevation of the skin containing pus and having an inflamed base. A Papule is a small, raised, red spot on the surface of the skin. Papules do not contain pus, unlike pustules. The term comes from "papule" which is derived from the Latin word "papula" or pimple. A good way to treat these types of symptoms is through proper exfoliation.
Wrinkles - affect both men and women as they age, but some people have more wrinkles than others. Wrinkling in skin is caused by habitual facial expressions, aging, sun damage, smoking, poor hydration, and various other factors. They can be categorized as crows feet, fold in the forehead, smile lines and etc. Although we can not prevent the inevitable aging process, there are many preventative and age reversing techniques available to even the most unlikely of candidates. One proven way to treat and prevent premature aging and reverse the signs of aging is again through proper exfoliation of skin cell.
Age Spots & Hyperpigmentation - Age spots are also called solar lintigines or liver spots, they can look like cancerous growths appearing on your face, hands, shoulders, and arms - areas most exposed to the Sun. Age spots are most common in adults over 40 but they can affect younger people as well. Hyper-pigmentation is produced as a result of acne. It can be devastating to those in which it affects causing social and emotional trauma. Age spots and Hyper-pigmentation can be lightened with skin-bleaching products, removed with laser treatment, or treated with proper exfoliation.
Glycolic acid's lightening peel properties will decongest clogged pores, lighten skin and oxygenate the skin, preventing additional flare-ups from developing around infected pores. It will also smoothen out your skin, promoting healthy cell growth and collagen stimulation.
How Do They Work?
All chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin which, after a day or so, begins to peel off. This process is used on the face, but also on the neck, chest and hands if needed. Varying strengths of the solutions applied determine whether you will have a light or medium peeling. After the skin loosens and falls away, new skin is allowed to appear from underneath. You will see a dramatic difference in skin color, texture and tone. The skin feels softer, smoother and has a healthy glow to it.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Chemical peel procedures have few side effects other than the expected peeling and a minimal risk of complication. However, in less than 2% of those who have had peels, complications can include temporary or permanent changes in the color of your skin, scarring (which can be successfully treated later with excellent results) and re-activation of cold sores (fever blisters or herpes simplex infection). If there are concerns about the risk, a small area can be tested prior to the treatment. Also, medication can be prescribed to prevent cold sores.
Do I need a neutralizer
You simply do not need to purchase a neutralizer. All thats needed is two pinches of baking soda and a cup of water mixed together to wash off the peel. Purchasing a neutralizer is a waste of money.
Directions for use:
FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY- DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY
Before applying the glycolic acid lightening peel to your face, make sure it is thoroughly cleansed, well rinsed and completely dried. It is very important that you only apply this product to clean dry skin. All oils on the skin surface must be removed prior to use. Do not apply to broken skin and do not rub into the skin. Any soap or skin cleansing product must be well rinsed off. These agents contain a high pH level, which will decrease the effectiveness of the product.
After cleansing the skin, gently apply enough product with a cotton ball or fan brush to nicely cover the area. Use approximately 1 ml of the product.
Keep away from eyes, lips and mucous membranes.
Do NOT rub into skin.
Leave on for 2-3 minutes. (You may increase by a minute a week, up to a max of 6 minutes.)
Neautralize- Mix a pinch or two of baking soda with a cup of water. Apply to face and continue to rinse well with plain water.
You may apply your favorite moisturizer.
Ingredients: Glycolic acid, kojic acid and deionized water.
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