If it is your first time using a glycolic acid peel then you might not know where to start. Nowadays most of the peels that you buy should come with instructions included within or at the back of the box – but just in case they don’t it would help that you understand the basics of using them anyway.
Frankly speaking, using glycolic acid peels aren’t at all complicated. All you need to do is follow this simple set of instructions and you should be able to get by just fine:
- Clean and dry the area that you’re going to use the glycolic acid peel on. Don’t use soap or any other chemicals, but rather try to use a pH balanced cleanser if possible.
- Take the glycolic acid peel solution and pour some onto a cotton ball. Use the cotton ball to apply a coating onto the area that you’ve already cleansed and dried.
- Leave the area alone for anything from 2 to 3 minutes – but not more than that. While a slight stinging sensation is normal, if you find that your skin is burning and starting to get very red then that might mean that you’re highly sensitive to glycolic acid in which case you should stop immediately and clean it off.
- Use lukewarm water mixed with a little bit of soap to clean off the glycolic acid. The soap will neutralize the acid since it is alkaline, and stop the process.
- Dry your skin and you’re done!
See that isn’t too complicated, is it? Make no mistake, there are some intricacies involved in using glycolic acid that you should be aware of however, such as:
- Do not apply glycolic acid to an area of skin that may already be sensitive due to being shaved, waxed, or harmed in any way.
- Make sure you do not apply glycolic acid anywhere in the vicinity of your eyes.
- After applying a glycolic acid peel try to keep the affected area out of the sun for at least 24 hours.
Assuming you follow these guidelines you should find that using glycolic acid peels is really incredibly easy and risk-free. That being said if you do run into problems such as your skin reacting badly you should stop the process immediately (with soapy lukewarm water) and consult a doctor before trying it again.
If your skin is too sensitive to glycolic acid then using it in the long term could cause damage or worsen an existing skin condition.
Now that you know how to apply a glycolic acid peel you’re all ready and set to attempt to do so on your own. Good luck with that!