Why do we only sell Glycolic Acid?

Simply put… it has the most advantages and the fewest disadvantages. Other BHA or AHA peels treat one or two skin symptoms only. Glycolic acid treats many… at once. So, you not only get the result you want, you also get smoother skin. Plus, glycolic acid doesn’t have a high risk of causing skin irritations, swelling, or excessive peeling. You can peel and then go party with no worries.

Which Chemical Peel is Right for You? 

Solutions 

Lactic

Salicylic

TCA 

Glycolic 

Uneven skin tone

Yes

Yes

Yes

Collagen growth

Yes

Yes

Yes 

Acne: all levels of breakouts

Yes

Yes

Acne scarring

Yes

Yes

Oily skin

Yes

 

Yes

Loose or sagging skin

Yes

Yes

Yes

Uneven skin texture

 

 

Yes

Yes

Large pores

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stretch marks

Yes

Mild to moderate Psorasis

Yes

Rosacea

Yes

Yes

Disadvantages

 

 

Excessive peeling

 

 

 

No

Extreme redness

 

No

Acute swelling

 

 

No

Sensitivity to the sun

 

 

No

Long healing period (weeks)

 

 

No

Cost ($500+ per treatment)

 

 

No

What is Lactic Acid?

Lactic acid is a mild AHA acid that is derived from milk. A much weaker acid than glycolic acid. Lactic acid is best known as an acid peel for skin discolorations. A lactic acid peel is also recommended for Rosacea as it is the mildest of AHA peels.

What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid is derived from willow tree bark. And unlike lactic acid and glycolic acid, salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA). BHA acids are oil soluble and are mostly used to penetrate deep into the pores for removal of oils that cause acne. Salicylic acid is best used as a first step in a daily or weekly exfoliation process. It will remove all the oils from the skin, making it easier for an AHA acid such as glycolic acid to completely cleanse and exfoliate the skin. The one advantage that salicylic acid does have over lactic acid or glycolic acid is that is self neutralizing. As the salicylic acid solution evaporates, the acid itself becomes neutralized.

What is TCA (Trichloreacetic Acid)?

TCA, or Trichloroacetic Acid peels, are deeper medium depth peels. Since the TCA peels exfoliate deeper into the dermis than a salicylic acid or glycolic acid peel, they have more potent and longer lasting results. That is why a TCA is typically used for quick treatment of a bad scar or freckles, and to lighten tattoos. There is however, a downside to the TCA peels… their healing or downtime tends to be much longer and the peeling is much more severe. Plus, TCA are costly ranging from $500-$1,200 per treatment and should only be done in office by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.