Wednesday, November 9, 2011


If you have ever had a facial or read a beauty magazine, you have probably heard of Glycolic and Lactic Acids.  However, do you know what they really are?  If you want more information, read on. 

Both Glycolic and Lactic are alpha hydroxy acids (AHA's), which help to fight blemishes.  They are both organic acids extracted from natural sources.  Glycolic Acid is extracted from sugar, and Lactic is extracted from sour milk.  Lactic and Glycolic are used during certain facial treatments to speed up the skin's natural exfoliation process. Exfoliation promotes production of collagen and elastin, and unclogs pores, which can reduce acne.  After exfoliation, a client's skin will look smoother, softer, and more radiant. 

The question that I get asked by my clients is which acid/treatment is best.  The answer is that it depends on each person's individual needs.

Lactic is considered the milder of the two.  It is a great treatment for a more sensitive client.  This AHA works great for the person with sun-damaged skin and other discolorations.  It is more hydrating as well. It works best in a series of treatments.  For example, I have done Lactic peels on myself weekly for 4-6 weeks at a time. 

Glycolic Acid  is often used to effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It penetrates the skin faster, so results are noticeable sooner.  However, this acid is harsher than Lactic and can be more irritating to the skin.  In my opinion, it should never be used on a person with sensitive skin.

With the holidays coming up, these treatments are excellent!  They will keep your skin glowing through all the parties, dinners, and celebrations.  Winter is a good time to receive these treatments too because the sun isn't very strong.  Lactic and Glycolic are not recommended in the summer because they increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun. 

You should speak with your Aesthetician to see if these treatments are right for your skin.  I personally love the Lactic peel and have had excellent results with it.  My skin looks glowing and it has cleared up some problem blemishes.  I prefer lactic because I do have sensitive skin.  I hope that this post helps you though if you were thinking about getting a peel.


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