Glycolic is acid is part of the Alpha-Hydroxy Acid Family and usually derived from sugar cane. It is generally used in anti-aging treatments or to correct dry, dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles and problems with hyperpigmentation.
The best results are achieved from a series of 5-8 peels especially when treating signs of aging.
To ensure a smooth, even peel your esthetician should have you on a homecare regime leading up to the procedure, to suppress melanin production for at least two weeks prior.
This peel has a small molecular weight allowing it to penetrate deeper which can lead to irritation in some people. It is not a good fit for anyone with sensitive skin, rosacea or compromised skin.
It is good to know what you are putting on your skin and what it will do so that you can make an educated choice when choosing treatments. Know what questions to ask your esthetician, skin prep, recovery time and post treatment care are very important in achieving the desired results.