Peels - Lactic/Glycolic

40% Lactic Peel
Lactic acid is one of the most popular alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in skin care today, marketed as a powerful ingredient that helps reduce acne breakouts and the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.

LACTIC ACID IS BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

Lactic acid is not as good at treating premature signs of ageing, but it’s still a wonderful option for women with dry and sensitive skin. Lactic acid is more hydrating than glycolic acid (it’s included in LacHydrin, the only FDA prescription approved drug to treat dry skin), so it works better for very dry skin.

It is also gentler than glycolic acid. Glycolic, especially in higher concentrations, can be quite harsh. My skin can tolerate it pretty well, but if yours is sensitive and prone to irritations, definitely opt for lactic acid. Lactic acid also doesn’t thin skin. But that’s not a good reason to skip your sunscreen!


Glycolic acid 

is part of the group of active compounds known as AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids). Derived from cane sugar: It has the smallest molecules in the group so is able to penetrate skin deeply and easily, making it the most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness etc.

GLYCOLIC ACID IS BEST FOR SUN DAMAGED SKIN

Both glycolic and lactic acids are godsends for dry skin: But, if your skin is also sun-damaged (premature wrinkles and sun spots), it’s glycolic acid you want to use. Why?

Glycolic acid is the smallest of the AHAs, which means it is better able to penetrate the skin. That allows it to work more quickly and effectively. But that’s not all. Studies have shown that glycolic acid can also boost collagen production and increase thickness of the skin. This leads to more elastic skin and is what, according to researchers, makes glycolic acid so effective at reducing visible signs of ageing.

Glycolic acid can increase the overall thickness of the skin, it can also temporarily thin it, making it more susceptible to sun damage. Ironic as it is so good at treating such damage, Luckily, this is easy to fix. Just use glycolic acid at night, before going to bed. Or, if you prefer to use it in the morning, just apply sunscreen afterwards.

Deciding which one is for you!!!!

If you have dry and sensitive skin, opt for lactic acid. It’s the gentler and most moisturizing of the two. But if you want to help reduce the damage the sun has inflicted to your skin, go with glycolic. It exfoliates, hydrates, and boosts collagen production too!