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Filed under: Chemical Peel — Dr. Andrew Campbell

Question: What is a glycolic acid peel?

Answer: A glycolic acid peel is a skin peel performed using glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid or a fruit type of an acid that comes in various strengths. Overall, it is a relatively light peel even in its most concentrated form where it may be considered a light-medium peel. These do need to be performed by medical professionals due to the fact that the glycolic acid needs to be neutralized with sodium bicarbonate so that it does not end up penetrating too deeply and causing problems. These can be very successful treatments for more superficial brown spots and fine wrinkles, but glycolic acid peels will do very little for moderate to deeper wrinkles.

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