How Is Glycolic Acid Used to Treat Skin?

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Glycolic acid is one of the stronger alpha hydroxy acids that we use. It comes in various concentration over the counter and even stronger in products that we use in the office for peels that we do. Look for that 10% concentration over the counter, and the way it works is it does exfoliate helping to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells that maybe sun damaged and also discolored from generations of skin cells being exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

So the skin at the bottom of a wrinkle is very different than a the skin at the top of a wrinkle. It's more damaged and it's the path of least resistance so every time you make a facial expression the muscle will create that wrinkle and then that creates more damage which makes the wrinkle deeper.

When you use the Glycolic acid, you are removing that damage layer gently, slowly and over time. And that allows your body to also repair and that's what makes your skin look smoother, more vibrant and less wrinkled.