Glyco-Lac/60, Level 2 Gel Peel -30 ml/1 fl oz (available on Amazon)
Cosmetic dermatologists charge about $200.00 for an in office superficial chemical peel. The “procedure” is so simple, you can pocket that money and do it at home yourself! At least I feel comfortable enough to do it myself.
The Glyco-Lac 60 peel is a mix of glycolic and lactic acids. I have used the plain glycolic at 30% and 40% before (the higher the number the stronger the acid), but after reading a few good reviews on the mix I ordered it.
To do an at home peel you have to be sure you do not exfoliate or scrub your face a few days beforehand. I like to think of it as a perm for your face. You wouldn’t scratch your scalp prior to a perm, don’t do it to your face either! Also, you shouldn’t go too hard In the gym and get all sweaty…the salty sweat could irritate your face as well.
You need a clean face first. Makeup and oil should be gently removed. Next, using a cotton ball gently wipe your face with alcohol to prime it for the peel. You can also use an alcohol pad. Once it’s dry, using a fan brush or another cotton ball apply the peel from the forehead down the sides of the face, on your nose and down the neck too. Avoid the eyes!
The peel will sting a bit, leave it on for at least a minute. You do not want to burn your skin completely off. The longer you leave it on the more “peeling” you will have afterward. Do not force yourself to endure the burning your skin will just end up raw and tender afterward. I just like to get rid of the dry, flaky skin so I don’t like to let it cook on my face. Just long enough for a strong tingle.
To wash it off use copious amounts of cold water. When you think you’ve used enough use a bit more. Pat dry. Now you will apply the pH skin balancer to neutralizer the skin and calm it down. After a minute or so wash this off in the same manner too. Apply a noncomedogenic face lotion so as not to block the pores. It’s best if this also includes sunscreen to protect your newly sensitive skin. You’re done!
You can do a peel weekly if you like, but I think this is too much, I don’t do it this often, more like once every three weeks or when I notice dry flaky skin. Remember it is like wounding the top layer of skin to make it come off. You don’t need to wound yourself weekly! You can also spot apply the Glyco-Lac 60 Peel to dark spots without doing the whole face which is an alternative to doing the entire face.
The Glyco-Lac 60 peel was excellent! My face felt so smooth afterward. The dark spots I had were noticeably lighter right away. The skin may “peel” a few days afterward revealing your new skin if you leave the chemical on long enough. During this time you may be red and flaky, but it’s only temporary. There is no downtime after a peel.