How to do an at-home Glycolic Acid Peel
How to do an at-home glycolic acid peel:
- Make sure you’re a good candidate for an at-home glycolic peel: no open acne or other lesions; skin color that is not prone to hyperpigmentation, able to wear sunscreen; completed allergy test on a sensitive area, such as under the chin, with no reaction; have not used any peeling agents (Retin-A or any acids) within 7-10 days, have not shaved the area to be peeled in two days and can wait an addition 24-48 hours to shave.
- Gather all your supplies: hand towel, peel, swabs, glass dish, timer, water, moisturizer, sunscreen
- Cleanse to remove makeup and gently blot dry
- Pore a small amount of the peel into a small glass dish
- Set the timer: start with 1 minute – by the time you apply the peel to your entire face, it will have been on about 30 seconds when the timer goes off. This is a good amount of time to start with to make sure your skin can tolerate the peel in those areas that are more sensitive; you can work your way up during subsequent peels (at least one week apart)
- Using the two swabs, dip them into the dish and apply in this order: forehead, nose, above lip, cheeks, chin area. I like to use my clean fingers, but that’s just me.
- When the timer rings, rinse with copious amounts of cool water for about 1-2 minutes.
- Gently blot the face dry with your hand towel
- Apply the gentle moisturizer
- Apply sunscreen
- Do not use any peeling agents for at least one week. If your skin tolerates the peel well, you can do another in a week.